Silvan Rus is an actor, musician, and record producer. He relocated from Sydney to work with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (QSE) in 2013 and has stayed in Brisbane ever since. His QSE actor credits include the title role of Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night (Matilda Nomination – Best Supporting Actor & Best Sound Design/Composition), Titus (Matilda Nomination – Best Supporting Actor), The Tempest, The Bomb-itty of Errors, Mary Stuart, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits include Nineteen with Wax Lyrical Productions/Brisbane Powerhouse, Morsels from the Heart with La Boite Theatre Company/BrisAsia Festival, Time Capsule with Seeing Place Productions, 1066: The Bayeux Tapestry Brought to Life for Small Crown Productions, and Cold for The Earthcrosser Company. In 2015, Silvan took part in PlayWriting Australia’s Lotus Asian-Australian Playwriting Project to write his first play Carpe Noctem or The King of Spades.
Silvan is of Chinese, Russian and Italian heritage. He is now a student at the University of Queensland double-majoring in Philosophy and Chinese (Mandarin).
As a musician he plays the guitar, piano, bass, beatbox, and has composed/performed songs for QSE’s Twelfth Night, Titus, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Wax Lyrical Theatre Company’s Bloke and Appalling Behaviour (Brisbane Powerhouse MELT Festival). Silvan has also performed his original songs in local pubs of Brisbane including Ric’s Bar and for the Stan Dup Ensemble’s DIY Festival winning ‘Best Musician’. In 2010, Silvan was also awarded an Australia Day Award – Young Artist of the Year for his services to the community through the Arts.