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Getting match fit: VCA Acting students bring the drama of sport on stage
In October this year, graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) students will take to the stage in two exhilarating and physically demanding plays: Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, which explores the experiences of a high school’s all-girl soccer team, and 37, a never-before-performed play by Trawlwoolway, Pakana/Palawa playwright Nathan Maynard, centring on a local footy team’s season and the Adam Goodes saga. Georgina Naidu, Lead in Acting, and Chris Mead, Head of Drama, are excited about the upcoming season – and we spoke to them to find out why.
Meet Chris Mead, Head of Theatre at the University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Chris Mead joins the Victorian College of the Arts as Head of Theatre following roles at the Melbourne Theatre Company, PlayWriting Australia and Sydney Theatre Company. Here, he discusses his new role, what makes a great actor and his guiding philosophy.
How VCA acting students embraced the 'Mike Leigh Improvisation Method'
Improvisation is a core skill built into the curriculum of our emerging actors. Budi Miller, Head of Acting at the VCA, talks us through the Mike Leigh Improvisation Method, and how COVID-19 is changing the way our Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) students are learning to devise work.
Lockdown What You Will – Shakespeare Online
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) students had already started rehearsing for their annual Shakespeare showcases when COVID-19 took us into a virtual campus. Not to be perturbed, directors Sarah Cathcart and Petra Kalive made the decision to press on with rehearsals via Zoom. Watch the way that our Acting students have innovated Shakespeare for the digital stage.
Meet Budi Miller, Head of Acting at the University of Melbourne
Budi Miller is Senior Lecturer and Head of Acting at the Victorian College of the Arts. His career highlights include coaching Michelle Williams for her Academy Award-nominated performance in Ang Lee's movie Brokeback Mountain. He has been an actor-director-writer-teacher in the United States, Australia, Singapore, the UK, Denmark, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Malaysia, India, and Indonesia since 1992. So we asked him what he liked about living and working in Naarm, Melbourne.
Meet Dianne Miranda, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) student
Dianne Miranda auditioned for three different programs at the University of Melbourne – but since starting her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) course, she hasn't looked back. Dianne offers us an insight into her life as an aspiring actor and creative in Melbourne.
I Wayan Dibia: bringing Balinese traditions into performance study at the VCA
Professor I Wayan Dibia is a Senior Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and a master teacher from Bali. Each Summer, via the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Global Atelier Program, students in the BFA (Acting) spend a week in Bali with Dibia, Senior Lecturer in Acting Budi Miller and local colleagues working on their craft, while learning about Balinese performance techniques. Dibia then comes to VCA and works with students from across the BFA (Acting) and BFA (Theatre) degrees, teaching the Balinese Hindu dance and music drama technique, Kecak. This innovative addition to the undergraduate program has a lasting impact on the students throughout their studies. By Stephanie Juleff
Winging It – a web series produced by the University of Melbourne
“Heaven has been corporatised, and no-one hates his job more than Michael …” Winging It is a seven-part web series developed as part of a Faculty of Fine Arts and Music interdisciplinary collaboration. Meet two of its writers, and watch the first episode, below. By Thuy On
Meet Tom Richards, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) graduate, University of Melbourne
Tom Richards auditioned three times before getting into the VCA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) – so has it been worth it?As told to Kelly Southworth.
Hollywood actor Jane BadlerHains: from V to the VCA
Earlier this week, actor, singer, producer, and philanthropist Jane BadlerHains visited the Victorian College of the Arts to share the story of her decades-long performing career with our Acting students – and to announce a new relationship with the Faculty.
Hell’s Canyon playwright Emily Sheehan and actor Conor Leach in conversation
Hell’s Canyon, the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights’ Award-winning play by Victorian College of the Arts graduate playwright Emily Sheehan, will show at the Old 505 Theatre in Sydney and La Mama in Melbourne in August and September. Ahead of their 1 August opening night, writer Sheehan and VCA Theatre graduate and Hell’s Canyon actor Conor Leach talk about their teenage selves, writing push and pull, and moments of magic realism.
The Crucible: outworn or reborn?
It’s the 17th-century witch-hunt story everybody knows, but what relevance does Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible have today? Acclaimed theatre director Adena Jacobs explains how she’s given the story a new setting in an upcoming production by the Victorian College of the Arts’ Production and Acting Company 2018.by Susanna Ling
Listen: For the love of the stage, featuring Rinske Ginsberg
From an improvisational trapeze performer and fire eater in the 80s to a celebrated Melbourne Fringe ‘living legend’, movement lecturer Rinske Ginsberg reflects on a life on stage.