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Andrew Upton at the VCA: 'The blank page is humiliating, shaming, disgraceful, terrifying'
Last week, VCA Master of Theatre (Writing) Coordinator Raimondo Cortese spoke with Australian playwright, screenwriter and director Andrew Upton about his career, training, personal perspectives and insights into the arts industry, followed by a Q&A session. Upton was the Co-Artistic Director and Co-CEO of the Sydney Theatre Company from 2008 to 2012 and Artistic Director from 2013 to 2015. Watch the interview, or read an edited excerpt on Upton's preferred five act structure below.
Meet Raimondo Cortese, course coordinator of the Master of Theatre (Writing) at the University of Melbourne
Writer and playwright Raimondo Cortese has written more than 30 plays which have been performed in more than a dozen countries, including Features of Blown Youth, Roulette, St Kilda Tales, The Wall and The Silence. Raimondo has also written for film (The Boy Castaways), television and radio, as well as visual and experimental texts. In this interview, Raimondo talks about what makes a writer from his perspective as course coordinator of the Master of Theatre (Writing) at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Meet Morgan Rose, graduate of the Master of Theatre (Writing) at the University of Melbourne
Morgan Rose is a graduate of the Master of Theatre (Writing) (formerly Master of Writing for Performance) program at the Victorian College of the Arts. She works with teens through various youth theatre organisations and recently took part in the Dear Australia – Postcards to Our Nation project. She gives Mireille Stahle an insight into her practice ... and what shows she's been bingeing on in lockdown.
Dear Australia – new Australian performance writing
Playwriting Australia’s (PWA) Dear Australia offers bite-sized monologues that give voice to the hopes and fears of Australians facing the persistent threat of COVID-19. The Victorian College of the Arts was delighted to be represented as part of the Dear Australia line-up through a number of current and former staff, and alumni including Morgan Rose, James Majoos, Tariro Mavondo, Carly Sheppard, Richard Frankland, Kevin Hofbauer, Diane Stubbings, Eric Gardiner and Ross Mueller.
So you've mastered screenwriting at the VCA – what comes next?
The screenwriter may not be the first name to roll in the credits – but more often than not they're the backbone of any film and television project. We spoke to some writers who have graduated from the Master of Screenwriting program at the VCA to see what they've been up to.
Luke Devenish: how screenwriting pulses through The Heart of the Ritz
Luke Devenish is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright and lecturer who currently teaches Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts. So how do all of those skills combine in his new novel, The Heart of the Ritz?
Meet Danni Zhang, Screenwriting student at the University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting) student Danni Zhang talks about her run-in with Mr. Feminism, and what excites her about a career in screenwriting.
Meet Rachael Alford, Master of Screenwriting graduate, University of Melbourne
An actor and writer, Rachael Alford recently graduated from the Master of Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts. Here, she talks about her approach to work, her passion for the creative arts, and what it’s like to delve into fictional worlds of her own creation.
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
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.
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.