Lucy Pascale is a dynamic and creative individual, and she’s an invaluable member of the Glasshouse’s team. A woman who wears “many hats”, you’ll often find Lucy helping to set up functions, overseeing catering or providing Behind the Scenes Tours …
Hi Lucy. What originally bought you to the Greater Port Macquarie area to live and work?
I was born and grew up in Armidale on the New England Tablelands, known as the region of four seasons. After the sting of many cold, frosty winter mornings scraping ice off the windscreen of my car with a credit card, I decided to move down to the coast. My family and I had taken holidays at beautiful Port Macquarie, and I decided this was the place I wanted to live.
How long have you been working at the Glasshouse? And what are your current positions there?
I became a Gallery Volunteer and assisted with installing exhibitions when the Glasshouse first opened. I then started working as a theatre usher; this opened up a world of possibilities to learn and gain on the job experience in both Front of House and Back of House operations.
Some of my positions include Gallery Installation Technician; Arts Educator; and Behind the Scenes Tour Guide. I now have the privilege to work across a variety of areas, with some of the most diverse, creative and talented professional people in the industry.
As an Arts Educator I spend time in the Art Lab, designing and delivering art programs and workshops. Two of our favourites are the Glasshouse Sprouts and Craft Spot. The Art Lab is a space that provides hands on art experience for children, youth and adults. It’s a great studio space for leaning about visual art and creative processes.
What’s generally involved with your Glasshouse role on a day to day basis?
On any one day of the week the Glasshouse can have multiple events happening at the same time. Every day is different!
Sometimes I’m wearing more than one hat – setting up and running functions, overseeing catering for events. To get Front of House ready for a show, it takes a team of ushers and bar staff to set up, put out signage, do radio checks, prepare for merchandise, liaise with the BOH crew to be given clearance before theatre doors open. Timing is the essence.
What do you love about working at the Glasshouse?
Giving people a unique experience, showing off the building design, the architecture, the theatre, taking them behind the scenes to step onto the stage, watch the Fly system in action, lighting and sound technicians setting up for a show.
And when the audience and members of the public take the time to stop and thank you for a well done job, it makes walking into the building feel like I’m working in the best place. To think this is where I work – it’s great!
We have tens of thousands of visitors come through the doors each year, local, national and international; you just never know who you are going meet. From July 2017 to June 2018, 262,635 people came to the Glasshouse, and we processed 69,859 tickets.
You must have so much background knowledge about the Glasshouse and its operations. What’s a little known or interesting fact or two you can share with us?
The origin of the Greenroom! The Green Room’s for actors and cast to relax, eat and monitor their stage cues. There are many theories on why it’s called the green room; one is during Shakespeare’s time, green dye was cheap and easily available, so cushions, curtains and carpets were dyed green, and also, deals and contracts were exchanged – hence, the colour of money. We visit the Green Room on our Behind the Scenes Tours.
Also unseen, we have 684 solar panels on the roof of the Glasshouse, and there is around 1.2 kilometres of audio, light and AV cable for most productions.
You’re a talented artist too; what do you most like to create and why?
A journey through Europe revealed and provided the opportunity to view the works of the great masters in museums and galleries, to converse and interact with plein air artists in Montmartre, Venice and Rome. I was intrigued by the vast array of colour across the Mediterranean landscape; the textures of old villas, wine cellars and Classical architecture still existing from centuries ago became the inspiration for my paintings.
The experience led me to study in Fine Arts, and to become a teacher of art. I work in oils, pastels and watercolours. My practice involves undertaking private and commercial art commissions for restaurants, hotels, wineries and similar businesses; one of these large scale works can be viewed in the interior at Cassegrain’s cellar door.
There’s also the odd and unique commission that comes along; I recently painted a New York City scape over the entire surface of a piano.
What are you looking forward to in 2019?
Another year of doing it all over again with a fantastic work crew! The Season Launch is a highlight. Every New Year brings new shows, performers, gallery exhibition programs and audiences.
Where can we see some examples of your art or find out about any upcoming exhibitions you’re involved in?
I exhibit my work both locally and regionally and have an exhibition of recent works once a year. You can find me at my home studio by appointment and at the Artist Market. I enjoy meeting and spending time with other artists and patrons of the arts from all walks of life.
I can be contacted via email: email@example.com
Interview: Jo Robinson.