Vibrant House Productions
theatre and opera works with compelling
relationships and resonant stories.
Vibrant House Productions was founded by
Carlos Vela-Martinez and Olesia Shewchuk.
Actor, Writer, Production Designer, Sculptor
Carlos Vela-Martinez is a Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist whose curiosity about character and story has led him to explore sculpting, singing, acting and writing.
His stage work began with vocal jazz, then classical singing and then to performing in recitals, musicals and most recently short film. He has made props for several shows including a silicone cow’s tongue and the sword Excalibur. Carlos co-wrote, co-produced and performed in The Perfect Spot short opera film with Olesia Shewchuk and is currently Production Designer and Executive Producer for Vibrant House Productions’ next short opera film.
In his studio he sculpts whimsical creatures that inhabit dream-like narratives, working in wax or clay and making silicone molds for casting in resin or plaster. Each piece is unique as he explores paint and surface treatments. His work has shown at various galleries including BIAC Gallery and Artspeak Gallery and is collected by a growing number of patrons. A selection of his work is available at the Catching Stars Gallery on Bowen Island.
Actor, Writer, Composer, Director, Editor
Olesia Shewchuk is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist. She is an award-winning film director and has directed over 25 short films including the award-winning films Mime Vs. Junkie, The Perfect Gift for Flora, Breaking Ground. She produced the Crazy 8s short film Sikat, which aired on CBC.
As an actor, she has appeared in roles on TV including Kung Fu, Siren, Debris, Family Law, The Order, Motive as well as supporting lead roles in 3 feature films. She also performs live in theatre, musical theatre and recital stages and as a soprano soloist with orchestras including with the Vivaldi Chamber Choir and New Westminster Symphony.
Olesia is a classically trained pianist and has scored 6 short films, including Vibrant House's short opera film "The Perfect Spot" (which won the Lucky Penny 48hr Film Competition in January 2021).
Olesia graduated from the Seattle Film Institute Production Program, and has a BSc in Chemical Physics from The University of Winnipeg.