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'Good art can re-wire our brains': Meet Dr Kat Henry, Theatre lecturer at the University of Melbourne
Photo credit: Southbank NewsDr Kat Henry is a theatre director and the coordinator of the Master of Theatre (Directing) program at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Her teaching credits feature Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art and major universities, her directorial credits span Melbourne Theatre Company and other companies across the country, and her performance art includes spending 10 days in temporal isolation during a residency in Berlin – and all that's before you consider her work directing rock concerts.We talked to Kat about her relationship with theatre, teaching at the VCA and her art.
Ngioka Bunda-Heath awarded the 2021 Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship and Residency
Dancer, choreographer and storyteller Ngioka Bunda-Heath has been awarded the Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship and Residency at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Art, identity, and 'in time': Meet Alkisti Pitsaki, Master of Theatre (Directing) graduate
After graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts, Greek student Alkistis (Alkisti) Pitsaki wanted to find a graduate course that would help her develop as a director and support her to write her own plays. During a trip to Melbourne, she attended an event at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and found what she was looking for: the Master of Theatre (Directing).Now, having graduated in the era of border closures and event shutdowns, Alkisti talked to us about her time at the VCA, how her identity has shaped her work, and what it means to build a career in the arts.
VCA Art Grad Show 2021 - Audiences Return
The incredible creativity of the graduating cohort of VCA Art students is once again on show.
Dobell Award continues to support Music Theatre students
For almost a decade, the Dobell Award has celebrated emerging musical theatre artists from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Film & Television graduates win big at the Sydney Film Festival
VCA Film and Television graduates, Sophie Somerville and Courtney Bombell have won the prestigious 2021 Dendy Live Action Short Award for their graduation film Peeps (2019) at the Sydney Film Festival.
Researching the arts and wellbeing: Challenges and opportunities
A recent Australia Council for the Arts workshop brought some of the country’s leading arts and mental health researchers together.
Meet Zoyka Francalanci Aguayo, Master of Creative Arts Therapy student at the University of Melbourne
As a practising psychologist with a passion for dance (Flamenco and African Rhythms), Zoyka Aguayo’s decision to study the Master of Creative Arts Therapy specialising in Dance Movement Therapy at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) was something of a no-brainer.
VCA alum Nina Sanadze wins 'the churchie' $15,000 art prize
Graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) Nina Sanadze has been announced 2021 winner of ‘the churchie’ emerging art prize for her work Apotheosis (2021) at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Dance science pioneer Professor Emma Redding appointed VCA Director
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Emma Redding as incoming Director of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Professor Redding joins the VCA from the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in the United Kingdom, where she is currently Head of Dance Science.
VCA graduate showcase streamed free for the first time on MIFF play
Short film lovers will be treated to more than 40 films by the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Film and Television graduating class of 2020 in a special free-to-view online presentation from September 27 on MIFF Play, the digital streaming platform of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
Kummarge provides pathways for emerging First Nations dance artists at the VCA
Kummarge, a new program directed by dance artist and visionary leader, Wiradjuri man Daniel Riley, is about ensuring that First Nations students and aspiring dance artists don’t leave their cultural identity at the door when they study Dance at the VCA.
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.
Meet Cara Hagan and Brenton Surgenor, new faces of VCA Dance
Leading specialist in somatic education, choreography and dance science Aotearoa-born Brenton Surgenor has lived and worked in the US, the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. His career has spanned choreography, TV, arts administration and higher education. Internationally established artist and scholar Cara Hagan is a dancer from New York, where she has had a rich career including as director and curator of an international screen dance festival, and as facilitator of a grassroots community dance group Small and Mighty Acts. Here we talk to Cara and Brenton about a life in dance and the new Master of Dance at the VCA, University of Melbourne.
The power of mentoring: an interview with curator Professor Natalie King OAM
Professor Natalie King has been recognised for her 20-plus years spent mentoring other women, colleagues and First Nations peers working in the arts.
Ablaze: Tiriki Onus resurfaces vital Indigenous history through a film about his grandfather
Academic, advocate, singer and now filmmaker, Tiriki Onus discusses the film made by his grandfather William "Bill" Onus and the new documentary it inspired.
Master of Dance will launch at the University of Melbourne in 2022
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, home of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, is pleased to launch a new Master of Dance for 2022. The first program in Australia dedicated to dance as an interdisciplinary practice, the Master of Dance incorporates local and global crosscurrents of movement, dance health, education and choreography, and has assembled a new international team of expert practitioners.
VCA Film and TV to host the Impact Australia 2 screenwriter accelerator program
Impact Australia 2, the follow-up to the highly coveted screenwriter accelerator program, will be held in-person this year on the Victorian College of the Arts’ (VCA) Southbank campus, with the University of Melbourne as Learning Partner.
MIFFPlay and the VCA partner to showcase short films
More than 40 graduating shorts films by Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Film and Television students will be showcased on MIFFPlay, the digital platform of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), in an extension of the ongoing partnership deal between MIFF and University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.
Four 2021 VCA Australians in Film mentees announced
Four Victorian College of the Arts alumni will participate in an accelerator program as part of the University of Melbourne's partnership with Australians In Film (AiF).