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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.
Meet Sarah Vickery, Master of Directing for Performance student, University of Melbourne
Directing plays for Mardi Gras, tackling the challenge of academic study, and developing work that tackles provocative social issues – for Victorian College of the Arts student Sarah Vickery, theatre directing is much more than a job.
Acting it Out: a new VCA Theatre initiative to increase diversity
The Victorian College of the Arts’ new outreach program aims to support students from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. By Susanna Ling
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.
How to throw a stage punch (and keep your teeth)
Staging change: supporting diversity in Australian theatre
The Victorian College of the Arts is offering a Diversity in Theatre program from August to September to support authentic representation of people of colour on stage. Cessalee Smith-Stovall, Book of Mormon performer and Diversity in Theatre project coordinator, tells us more.– As told to Susanna Ling
The theatre of fake news: Polygraph speaks truth to a post-truth era
In a time characterised by fake news and political dishonesty, how are we to understand truth? Such is the subject of enquiry in Polygraph, part murder mystery, part love story and full boundary-pushing physical theatre that speaks truth to a “post-truth” era.By Sarah Hall
Five questions for Chris Kohn, Coordinator of the Master of Directing for Performance
Victorian College of the Arts tutor and PhD candidate Chris Kohn is currently researching the connections between collaborative theatre creation, ethics and intellectual disability. He told us about how his interest in these areas shaped his career as an award-winning stage director and dramaturg.As told to Kelly Southworth
Meet Kim Ho, Master of Writing for Performance student
Having majored in English and Theatre studies and having already written two full-length plays, Kim Ho decided to apply for the Master of Writing for Performance to gain more control over his writing craft – and found himself in the surprising company of acrobats, musicians, and mining company employees.By Susanna Ling
Patrick White Playwrights’ Award recipient Kim Ho: putting cross-cultural stories centre stage
Kim Ho is a Melbourne-based playwright, actor, and the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for his play Mirror’s Edge, which explores the interplay of Anglo-European, Chinese, and Indigenous cultures in Australia across three centuries. Here, he talks about the catalyst for writing the play, and his commitment to addressing cross-cultural issues – even if they’re uncomfortable.As told to Susanna Ling.
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
How I launched a web series concept then lost control
Masterminding a cross-disciplinary project for 126 students was hard – but not a patch on those feelings of professional redundancy. By Andrew O’Keefe, Lecturer in Film and Television
Vanitas has been nominated for a Webby – vote now
An immersive art app developed by Victorian College of the Arts lecturer Robert Walton is in the running for the Oscars of the internet. By Robert Walton, Lecturer in Theatre (Dramaturgy and Directing) at the Victorian College of the Arts
Comedian Louisa Wall: ‘You don’t need people to want you’
Billed as a perennial millennial who does cabaret like you’ve never seen it before, Louisa Wall’s DIY approach to theatre and comedy is paying off, with a second solo show at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.By Susanna Ling
Frances and the Inclusion Rider? We need equitable access to arts training
The concept of the Inclusion Rider has suddenly hit the mainstream following its use by Frances McDormand in her Oscar acceptance speech yesterday. What might this mean for actor-training institutions such as the Victorian College of the Arts?By Matt Delbridge
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.
AntigoneX: Greek tragedy, with beach balls
Victorian College of the Arts Senior Lecturer in Theatre Dr Zachary Dunbar is the writer, director and producer of a riotously reimagined version of Sophocles’ Antigone, AntigoneX. He discusses his inspiration here.By Susanna Ling