Director – Lis Shelley

lisShelley_100StageFlight Director & Tutor – Lis Shelley
BArts, Grad Dip (InfoSys), Cert IV Training & Assessment

Lis is a director, producer, filmmaker, actor and tutor.

She founded Stageflight in 2012, and in 2009 she co-founded Footprint Theatre.

Lis has written, directed acted in plays for the Canberra and Illawarra Short+Sweet Short Play Festivals (Driving The Holden 2012, Call Out 2015, Slow Dating 2016/2018, One Night Stan 2018, Still Life 2018, Walking The Dog 2018) and Spectrum Theatre in Merimbula (The Wind in the Willows 2008/9).

For Footprint Theatre, she directed Ironbark – An Evening with Banjo Paterson (2010), Inheritance (2010), Ferdinand The Bull (2011), Back To the Old Selection (2012), The Dog Logs (2014), Call Out (2015), Driving the Holden (2015), Slow Dating (2016), One Night Stan (2018), Six Degrees of Diabetes (2018).


She was Producer for Andrew Gray’s Blossomland (2009/10), Arsenic and Old Lace (2012/13), The Gift (2013) and Shorts in Winter (2015). She directed the 2014 Stageflight/Footprint Theatre co-production of Les Winspear’s adaptation of Treasure Island outdoors in Merimbula, and the 2016 production of Wonderland in Pambula. Lis was Festival Coordinator of the 2013 SHORT+SWEET Merimbula short play festival.

As a performer, Lis appeared in Footprint Theatre’s Inheritance, One Night Stand Impro Shows (2009-12), Créche and Burn, Ruby Moon and The Dog Logs and has made regular appearances as ‘Sgt Mike Angelo’ with Footprint’s street theatre troupe The Art Police since 2009. She has performed at the Eden and Merimbula Libraries as part of the National Year of Reading celebrations and performed with Theatre Onset in Bombshells, Steel Magnolias and Shakespeare’s Star Wars.

Lis works with other arts and community groups and has collaborated and performed in street theatre performances for the Cobargo Folk Festival, Moruya River of Art Festival, Candelo Village Festival, Eden Whale Festival and Bega Valley Festival as well as fundraising events (Mumbulla Foundation, Relay for Life) and South East Arts events. Lis has run theatre workshops for adults with a disability and Workability.

She has taught drama, digital animation, puppetry and musical theatre at Pambula Public School Creative Arts Days since 2008, improvised theatre at Bermagui Public School (2011) and Improvised Theatre and Puppet Making at Cobargo Folk Festival. She coordinated Footprint Theatre’s school holiday Drama Schools in 2010 and 2012. She has taught theatre games in German for secondary students studying German as a second language, and film making to young film makers in the Bega Valley and Snowy-Monaro.

Lis designed the lighting for Patrick Dickson’s Victor Ego or The Brainstorm for O’Punsky’s Theatre which premiered at The Murrah in 2018.

and the soundscape for Footprint Theatre’s production of Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play in 2018.


In 2015 she made the short film Perfect Cuppa and her documentary Connecting with the Earth about Veronica Valderrama was broadcast on ABC TV and Radio, winning Best Film – Documentary at the 2016 Tanja Trop Fest.

Lis was the Director of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Film Schools held in Pambula.

Following a mentorship with the South East Arts Expand Program, Lis is working on a site-specific theatre experience on the Far South Coast and is mentoring Borderliners in Delegate for their 2016 theatre project. She is also Event Manager for the Eden Marine High Outdoor Movie Night.

Lis is the Founding Director of web design, consulting & IT training company Nullarbor Consulting Pty Ltd and Director of StageFlight and holds current First Aid and Working With Children certificates.