Silvan Rus is an actor, musician, and playwright. 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 Henry IV Part 1, 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 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 Playwriting Project to write his first play Carpe Noctem or The King of Spades. In 2019, the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble performed a staged reading of his play The Tragedy of Socrates which is currently still in the works
As a musician he plays the guitar, piano, bass, sings, and has was music director for QSE’s Henry IV Part 1 and Twelfth Night. Silvan’s original music has also featured in QSE’s 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.