"OIesia's the real deal. She has loads of natural ability, and is exceptionally passionate and motivated to learn more, dig deeper, and reach higher. She has access to a deep reservoir of emotions, an ability to play a wide range of characters, and a versatile physicality. She's a joy to direct... and is a 'good vibes' type of person to be around."
- BEN RATNER
Director & Acting Coach
Olesia Shewchuk is a multi-disciplinary Canadian artist – actor, filmmaker, writer, composer, singer, and dancer. She grew up in Winnipeg, MB and graduated with an Honors Degree in Chemical Physics from the University of Winnipeg. She currently resides in Vancouver, BC.
Olesia has been in TV roles on Netflix, NBC, Fox, TLC, ABC, Bravo, Freeform, CW and Global. She performed in 23 theatre and musical productions including the title role in The Merry Widow (North Shore Light Opera), Fraulein Kost in Cabaret (Royal City Musical Theatre), Guinevere in Camelot, and Desdemona in Goodnight Desdemona (United Players) and wrote and performed two solo shows. She sang in a folk duo with her sister, accompanying on guitar, and released and toured a recording of 14 songs. As a soprano soloist, she has sung with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, Vivaldi Chamber Choir & Orchestra, and The Vancouver Folk Orchestra.
Olesia danced and performed with the Rusalka Dance Ensemble and taught and choreographed Ukrainian dance for seven years at the UNF School of Dance. She is classically trained in ballet at Royal Winnipeg Ballet, tap, jazz and ballroom. She has choreographed a number of theatre shows including Once, The Merry Widow, and Goodnight Desdemona.
Olesia is an award-winning film director and has directed over 20 short films that have played in film festivals around the world, including Mime Vs Junkie, The Perfect Gift for Flora, and Breaking Ground. She produced the Crazy8s short film, Sikat, which aired on CBC. Olesia mentored three interns in Video Production with the Kaleidoscope Program. She interned as a Story Editor on feature films in development with Quadrant Motion Pictures. Olesia completed film school at The Seattle Film Institute.
MUSICIAN & COMPOSER
Olesia is a concert-level classical pianist and composer. She has scored 6 short films, composed camp songs, choral and piano works. She trained at Pacific Northwest Film Scoring School, Toronto Songwriting School, and theory and piano through Royal Conservatory of Music.
With collaborator Carlos Vela-Martinez, Olesia co-founded Vibrant House Productions. Together they performed the live concert Roses and Daggers, and wrote and acted in a short opera film, The Perfect Spot, which won the Lucky Penny 48hr Film Challenge. Olesia also composed the score, and edited the film.
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