In 1992, Shelly graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Electronic Engineering, during which she commenced her now 32 year career in theatrical sound, initially as a Radio Mic Technician. With a background in classical singing, Shelly’s musical sensibilities lead her to mixing local and international productions such as Cats, Westside Story and Les Misérables regularly touring throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Shelly also spent time in London working for the highly reputable “Autograph Sound Recording” mixing on the Westend.
Since then, Shelly has been Sound Supervisor, Associate Designer or Sound Designer on numerous local and International Productions which include The Sound of Music (Australia), Miss Saigon (Manilla, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia/NZ, and World Tour) , Les Misérables (Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo & Mexico, Australia, NZ, Asia), Cats (South Africa, Beirut, World Tour, Korean Tent Tour), Oliver! (Sydney, USA Tour, Japan), The Witches of Eastwick (Australia), The Phantom of the Opera (Asia, South Africa, NZ, Australia), Sunset Boulevard (Australia), Billy Elliot (Australia), Love Never Dies (Australia, Japan), King Kong (Melbourne), Kinky Boots (Australia), Beautiful (Australia), School of Rock (Australia, China) and recently The Phantom of the Opera (Sydney Opera House, Melbourne). With a keen interest in the emotive aspects of sound, she completed, in 2021, a post graduate degree in Psychology, choosing Music Psychology as an elective.
Most recently, Shelly designed Opera Australia’s production of The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour, and is currently the Associate Sound Designer on the Australian Tour of Mary Poppins, and TINA: The Tina Turner Musical. Shelly is very excited to be working on this production of Miss Saigon.