Jarrod Riesinger

Jarrod has spent most of his life surrounded by the performing arts. During his formative years, he spent much of his time perfecting both his acting and technical theatre skills through primary school, high school and drama classes.

 

Whilst in high school, Jarrod found a way to turn his passion into an occupation and began working in numerous theatres and venues across Sydney including King Street Theatre, the Seymour Centre, and Sidetrack Theatre, doing whatever job was required of him. This allowed him to gain valuable experience in lighting, sound and stage management which would later help him expand to larger venues across the state. In 2016, this production experience allowed him to establish his own first production endeavour in the form of Wrestling GO!, a monthly family-friendly professional wrestling show based at Marayong Community Centre.

 

Beyond his experience behind the curtain, Jarrod has amounted plenty of experience in acting and performance art. He performed across the country for several years as professional wrestler “Jarrod Idol”, whilst also working as an extra on various movies and TV shows, including Mel Gibson's “Hacksaw Ridge”, "Harmony" and a featured role in "A Place to Call Home". On the stage, Jarrod has become a seasoned improviser having performed as a part of the 2018 ImproAustralia Scared Scriptless Cup runners-up 'Stiff Upper Quip', opening the 2019 Australian Improv Festival and current semi-finalist in the 2019 Cranston Cup.

As a founding member of Rising Arts Productions, Jarrod has produced and directed the entirety of Rising Arts' projects. He has served as a co-director for plays such as 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)', the sold-out, extended season of the Illawarra premiere of 'Heathers: The Musical' and a slew of improv shows across the Macarthur and Illawarra region. Jarrod is also currently directing the Jason Robert Brown musical 'The Last Five Years' to be staged at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in November.

 

Jarrod hopes to use his wealth of knowledge of both performance and technical theatre to build Rising Arts into a prominent fixture of not just the local community, but the NSW creative arts scene. Rising Arts has always been a dream of Jarrod’s and now, alongside an experienced team, he hopes to share his passion and creative vision with the masses.

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