Ursula is a multi-talented performer, theatre-maker, and stage manager currently residing in Melbourne. She was raised in Melbourne and Malaysia and spent 10 years of her life in South-East Asia. A double-degree graduate, Ursula holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance from Monash University.
Not “just another soprano”, Ursula prides herself on her versatility of voice, best showcased by her final recital performing both Glitter and be Gay as well as The Girl in 14G. Throughout her years at Monash, Ursula performed in numerous productions and interned with notable Melbourne theatre companies in stage-management such as THE RABBLE. Ursula was President of the Monash Music Students’ Society at Monash and a member and co-founder of the Monash Student Association’s Creative Live Arts department. An entrepreneur and goal-driven individual, Ursula brings vibrancy and dedication to any show, profession or life commitment.
Ever improving her craft, Ursula has attended workshops in Butoh Physical Theatre with Natsu Nakajima in Tokyo, Suzuki Actor Training with Melbourne theatre company The Danger Ensemble, Estill Voice Course Level 1&2 with My Voice Gym in Melbourne, and most recently an intensive Russian Opera course with XL Arts. Whilst in Berlin last year, Ursula practiced the Feldenkrais technique, as well as honed in on Butoh again, this time with the Motimaru Dance Company.
Over the past two years Ursula has performed in two seasons of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with Marshall and Marrows Productions in all new Australian musicals, Pining for Affection: A Tree Musical (2018) and Tone Death: A Ghost Musical (2019). New work is one of Ursula’s great loves, as collaborating and improvising are two of her many strengths. Ursula uses her knowledge of physical theatre, dance, and world experience to bring new characters to life. In 2018, Ursula performed in three all-new Australian musicals, as well as a new Australian play for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Most recently, Ursula made her opera debut in Berlin Opera Academy’s 2019 season production of Die Zauberflote as Zweite Knabe. Afterwards, Ursula stayed on with the Berlin Opera Academy to Assistant Direct/Stage Manage The Crucible alongside mezzo-soprano and Director Rebecca Jo Loeb. Ursula then performed as Woman 1 for Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World with Berlin Musicals in October of last year.
Although still in isolation in Melbourne, Ursula has kept busy in the Ricochet play readings with Antipodes Theatre Company, as well as participating in the Uta Hagen @ Home course with Peter Rasmussen. Currently, Ursula is spending her days in isolation singing, drinking tea, and watching Netflix.