On the Couch with Robbie Carmellotti

Robbie Carmellotti Arts Review On the CouchWho is Robbie Carmellotti?
I am just a guy who likes to create art on stage. My mind is always lost in a world of art, it’s a constant kaleidoscope of nonsense inside my head. I started StageArt with Katherine Armstrong almost 6 years ago now, so we had a means to be free within our own creativity and to support, promote and discover brilliant theatre.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I wouldn’t do anything differently. I love what I get to do and I feel very blessed to be able to create theatre alongside so many talented and inspiring people.

Who inspires you and why?
My inspirations change daily, generally I get most inspired by the people I am surrounded by or working with. I feed off others intellect, ideas and craziness. I have an in-built need to try and make the people around me the best they can be, I will work myself into the ground to ensure I have given them every little piece of me that I can to help them with their art.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I am very passionate about issues surround social justice. In my work and life, I strive to raise awareness on mental health and support to refugees.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
My favourite holiday destination would have to be Foggia, in Southern Italy. Foggia is where my family is originally from, it has a very special place in my heart. Italy is a beautiful country, the weather is amazing, the Roman culture is omnipresent, and it has arguably the best food in the world.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I would definitely take them to Point Elwood. I lived three for a few years: there is no better view of the city. I have hosted a few New Year’s Eve parties with friends in Point Elwood, it was unforgettable.

What are you currently reading?
Julia Gillard’s My Story.

What are you currently listening to?
I’ve been listening to a lot of José González lately. I’ve also been listening to Thom Hell, a Norwegian singer and songwriter.

Happiness is?
To me, happiness is being able to honestly feel grateful about where you are in life, in this exact moment.

What does the future hold for you?
At the moment, the future is unknown. I try to live my life in the present, always striving to make StageArt bigger every year. After Spring Awakening we will be putting on the Australasian premiere of Memphis in October. Stay tuned!

Based on the original play by Frank Wedekind, Robbie will be directing Spring Awakening at Chapel Off Chapel: 19 May – 10 June 2017. For more information, visit: www.stageart.com.au for details.

Image: Robbie Carmellotti (supplied)