Shaye Ellerbe

Shaye Ellerbe
Hometown: Charlotte by way of Lancaster, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Film Minor

Give a little general information about yourself: how did you become interested in theatre? 
I have always been someone who brightens up when it comes to art. When I was a little girl in elementary school, I attended theatre classes through the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. It was such an incredible experience because it allowed me to expand my imagination and creativity. I still remember some of the theatrical games that we played. This made me want to continue getting involved with theatre. In my last year of middle school, the school started to offer art clubs. Of course, I joined and participated in theatre, visual arts, and dance. We did a play called Oz where I was cast as the lion, and it was an amazing role to play. The feeling I got from performing was unreal and magical. However, when I went to high school, I joined an engineering program where there wasn’t much art happening. I joined JROTC and the only art class that was offered. I was able to still express my creativity in that visual art class and clubs. I was good at engineering, and was one of the only females in the program; however, it wasn’t fun for me. Art was fun. I knew that what I wanted to do with my life and in my higher education was art; specifically theatre and film.

What kind of career do you hope to have?
I hope to have a career that is fun and never boring. There is so much that I want to do and explore. I am very interested in performing and filmmaking; therefore, I want to do both. Also, traveling is a passion of mine and one of my life goals is to travel around the world and make a short documentary everywhere I go.

What is your favorite thing about the Department of Theatre?
The theatre program here is so diverse in the material offered. The one thing that brought me in was the fact that the program helps their students be well rounded in the world of theatre. As a performance concentration, I have also taken many classes outside of that field. I have worked on costumes for productions, helped paint sets, learned how to use various tools, and more.

Tell us about your experience with the Arts + Architecture Honors Program.
One thing that I have gained from this program is the ability to take a class outside of my immediate fields of study. For example, in the semester of Spring 2019, I took a seminar in music that focused on music in the Holocaust; which was a very interesting class. Also, the program allows me to meet students in other art programs and share experiences with them.

Do you do any work in the Charlotte community?
As an actress, I do try to go out for auditions and have been cast in a few things within the community, which is nice because it helps me grow connections with fellow artists in the city. My goal, especially post-graduation, is to explore more in Charlotte and grow my brand as an actress and filmmaker.

When you are not in class, studying, working or rehearsing, what do you like to do for fun?
When I am not in class, studying, rehearsing, or working, there are a few things that I love to do for fun. First, I love to hang out with my family and spend time with my dog, Honey. I like to travel around and find new discoveries. Lastly, I like to lift weights and train like a powerlifter.