Faculty of Fine Arts and Music alumni and staff sweep up at 39th Annual Green Room Awards
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music congratulates our outstanding alumni and staff who were recognised at the 39th Annual Green Room Awards.
The Green Room Awards are Melbourne’s premier peer-presented performing arts industry awards. Each year the Awards recognise outstanding achievements in Victorian productions across Cabaret, Contemporary & Experimental Performance, Dance, Independent Theatre, Music Theatre, Opera and Theatre Companies.
Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Professor Marie Sierra said: “We’re both proud and delighted to hear of our graduates and staff being acknowledged by the Green Room Awards for their creativity and contributions to the performing arts.”
Our warm congratulations to the following winners:
Michelle Braiser (VCA Foundations Music Theatre, 2007) took home the award for Best Writing in a Cabaret for Average Bear presented by Century as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Best Dance Performance went to Amber McCartney (Bachelor of Dance, 2013) in Prue Lang’s Project F. presented in association with Abbotsford Convent as part of the Keir Choreographic Award Public Program.
Hutchinson Indigenous Fellow at the VCA, Ngioka Bunda-Heath (Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance), 2015) took home Best Dance Duet/Ensemble for Birrpai commissioned by Next Wave and Chunky Move as part of Yirramboi Festival.
The award for Best Choreography went to Prue Lang (Bachelor of Dance, 1993) for Project F. presented in association with Abbotsford Convent as part of the Keir Choreographic Award Public Program.
Jonathan Homsey (Bachelor of Dance, 2011) won Best Production in the Dance category for I am Maggie as part of Arts Centre Melbourne Take Over for Melbourne Fringe 2020.
Victoria Chiu (Bachelor of Dance, 1999) received the award for Best Digital Dance Work for Sour Sweet in collaboration with RDYSTDY.
Nancy Sposato (Bachelor of Creative Arts, 2002) and Cat Sewell (Bachelor of Creative Arts, 2002) won the Participatory Award in the Contemporary Experimental Performance category for their project The Ball Room at Chapel Off Chapel.
Holly Durant (Bachelor of Dance, 2005) received the Experimental Practice Award in the Contemporary Experimental Performance category for Alter Edith at fortyfivedownstairs.
Matthias Schack-Arnott (Bachelor of Music Performance, 2011) won the Sound Sculpture Award for his collaboration with Lucy Guerin Inc on Pendulum presented by Rising and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Olivia Satchell (Master of Directing for Performance, 2016) and Chanella Macri (Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice), 2016) won Best New Writing in Independent Theatre for let bleeding girls lie presented by The Voice in My Hands in association with La Mama.
Best Direction in Independent Theatre went to Izabella Yena (Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice), 2016) and Benjamin Nichol (Master of Writing for Performance, 2019 & Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice), 2016) for Kerosene by Jack Dixon-Gunn in association with Theatre Works.
Rachel Lewindon (Bachelor of Music (Honours), 2018 & Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music), 2017) took out Best Sound Design and Composition in Independent Theatre for The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven by Ben Anderson Presents in association with Theatre Works.
The award for Best Production (in-person) for Independent Theatre went to Jack Dixon-Gunn (Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice), 2016) for Kerosene presented in association with Theatre Works.
Declan O’Neill (Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production), 2016) won Best Design in Music Theatre for The Wedding Singer by David Venn Enterprises.
Outstanding Opera Performance in a Leading Role went to James Egglestone (Bachelor of Music Performance, 1999) in Das Rheingold presented by Melbourne Opera.
Gary Abrahams (Master of Theatre Practice, 2008 & Postgraduate Diploma of Performance Creation, 2007) won Outstanding Theatre Company Direction for Iphigenia In Splott by Red Stitch.
Lecturer in Design at the VCA, Dale Ferguson, won Outstanding Set Design for a Theatre Company for Because The Night presented by Malthouse Theatre.
Outstanding Costume Design for a Theatre Company went to Kat Chan (Master of Production, 2008 & Graduate Diploma in Production Design, 2006) for The Lifespan of a Fact by Melbourne Theatre Company.
The award for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Theatre Company went to Niklas Pajanti (Bachelor of Dramatic Art, 1997) for Berlin by Melbourne Theatre Company.
Paula Levis (Graduate Diploma in Theatre Design, 2001) was awarded The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship for Design in the Performing Arts.