Actress Aurèléa is taking the New York City theatre scene by storm. The Australian actress, already as accomplished as some actors are in a lifetime, has accumulated an enviable body of work including classics like The Tempest and Macbeth.
Aurèléa has been on the path to stardom since the age of 12, making her professional theatre debut in The Conference of the Birds, based on the ancient Sufi Poem. The show toured the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe festival circuits to rave reviews. Aurèléa catapulted off of her first success and continued to work consistently throughout her high school years. She made her feature film debut in Jibril Haynes’ Sharon and the Sewing Circle in 2016, playing the younger self of the film’s titular character, Sharon. Sharon was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia and Aurèléa flew over for the filming.
Renewed in her hunger for the craft, Aurèléa was admitted to the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City to study at their acting conservatory. After graduating, she was immediately snatched up by veteran playwright Richard Thomas Henle to play the lead in his new work 40th Street, A Story of a Life at the Chain Theatre. After the show's successful run, Aurèléa became a part of the Stag & Lion Theatre company, an established company that presents Shakespeare’s classics “as they should be seen”. Her first show with director Joshua Koehn was Macbeth, which was extended by popular demand, but she knew even after that first show that “it wouldn’t be my last collaboration with them”. During this time Aurèléa starred in several other plays, as well as films, including Hard Plastic (see video below), the beautiful and poignant coming of age film by director Katrina Villarreal.
Aurèléa’s next show was wounded by accomplished playwright Sophie McIntosh. She played a young gay woman who was the victim of a hate crime. “Telling queer stories, especially new works, is of the utmost importance to me, and something that I feel very privileged to do.” wounded won the audience choice award at the Chain Theatre’s Winter One-Act festival. Aurèléa states that “it is my hope in the near future, to create a platform where queer artists with a focus to female-identifying, non-binary and POC, can come together and showcase their work, as it is still very underrepresented.”
Aurèléa is hot in demand for Shakespeare, starring in Stag & Lion Theatre Company’s The Tempest. She played Ariel, the mischievous and strong-willed sprite & slave to the banished Duke of Milan. The production, as well as Aurèléa’s performance, was highly praised and many said it was “the most exciting portrayal that they had seen thus far”.
As for what is next for the starlet, Aurèléa says she accepted the lead role in an exciting project that she hopes she can reveal soon enough! Her most recent film A Good Accident, her second feature with Jibril Haynes, is slated to come out on Amazon Prime & other streaming services later this year. She is currently performing once again with Stag & Lion in their production of Henry IV.