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Meet Henry Kelly, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) graduate at the University of Melbourne
Henry Kelly graduated from the first cohort of the re-imagined Bachelor of Fine Art (Theatre) course at the Victorian College of the Arts. Life has presented many highs and lows since graduating, including a trip to Taipei and a broken wrist – but that hasn't stopped him creating. He tells Mireille Stahle about his most recent projects during COVID-19.
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.
Meet Danna Yun, Composition alum at the University of Melbourne
Multi-instrumentalist Danna Yun talks composition, collaboration, video-game music and life goals.
New ABC media residency for arts practitioners and researchers
The University of Melbourne is partnering with the ABC and the Australia Council to present TOP 5 Arts – a media residency for graduate early-career practitioners and PhD researchers working in visual arts, performance, design, architecture and screen. Applications are open now, and close on 1 June.
VCA filmmakers get a seat at the table with Australians in Film in LA
Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television alumni will have the opportunity to work at the former home of Charlie Chaplin in Los Angeles, thanks to a new partnership between Australian’s in Film (AiF) and the University of Melbourne.
Visual Artist Scotty So opens up about drag, authenticity, and getting mistaken for Carrie Lam on the internet
In 2019, Scotty So began exploring notions of reality and authenticity – but how did this lead to his alter-ego being accidentally picked up by international news media?
Alumni collaborate on Asia TOPA's The Seen and Unseen
Eugyeene Teh and Adena Jacobs met at the VCA in 2007. 13 Years later, they’re collaborating with fellow Australian theatremaker Jenny Hector, Indonesian artist Kamila Andini and Choreographer Ida Ayu Wayan Satyani on The Seen and Unseen, for Asia TOPA 2020. They speak about their experience of being back on campus after all these years.
Corrie Chen, filmmaker: some advice for film and television graduates at the University of Melbourne
Award-winning filmmaker and television director Corrie Chen graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor Film and Television (Hons) in 2008, and a Master in Film and Television (Narrative) in 2011. Taiwanese by birth, her work spans comedy, drama and documentary, and often explores issues of identity and belonging. The following is an edited extract of her speech in December 2019 to graduating Film and Television students from the University of Melbourne.
Meet Charby Ibrahim, Master of Film and Television (Documentary) graduate
From teacher to filmmaker, Master of Film and Television (Documentary) graduate Charby Ibrahim is passionate about social justice. He talks about how he’s trying to push creative boundaries of traditional documentary film making, while agitating for social change.
Dr Andrew McAliece and Dr Richard Simmie: supporting performing arts students, through their lifetime giving and a gift in their Wills
Andrew McAliece and Richard Simmie’s decision to support performing arts students, through their lifetime giving and a gift in their Wills, has opened up a whole new world – one they enjoy exploring.
Bill Henson: ‘There is no formula for how creativity unfolds’
Bill Henson is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary photographers – but it was not always thus. As the First Commissions art project launches ahead of an exhibition in Melbourne on 27 and 28 July, he tells Mireille Stahle about his early years as an artist.
First Commissions art project launches in Florence
A major Australian arts project presented by the University of Melbourne has been launched at the feet of Michelangelo’s David, the world’s most famous statement on physical perfection, ahead of exhibitions in Florence and Melbourne this month.
Jesus Christ! Meet VCA Superstar Robert Tripolino
Robert Tripolino graduated in 2011 with the first ever cohort of Music Theatre students at the Victorian College of the Arts. Now Robert has landed the title role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, at the Barbican, on the West End in London. Here he discusses his serendipitous rise to fame.By Mireille Stahle
Alumni stories: Eugene Ughetti
The percussionist, composer, conductor and artistic director of Speak Percussion is known for tackling complex and ambitious art music projects. Here, he discusses his time at the Victorian College of the Arts.By Stephanie Juleff
VCA alumni stories: Janno McLaughlin, artist
After many years living between New York and Argentina, artist Janno McLaughlin completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the VCA in 2018. She paints and writes stories about hope, optimism, resilience and loss, and uses her art practice to highlight the plight of the most fragile in our community.By Stephanie Juleff
Meet Kliment Poposki, Master of Dramaturgy, University of Melbourne
It was a long journey for Kliment Poposki from science to Dramaturgy, but now he can’t imagine doing anything else.
Adam Elliot, filmmaker – Alumni Stories at the VCA, University of Melbourne
Adam Elliot completed his Post-Graduate Diploma in Animation at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1996. He went on to win the 2004 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, for the claymation film Harvie Krumpet. By Stephanie Juleff
Meet Hannes Lackmann, Master of Music (Performance Teaching) graduate, University of Melbourne
Percussionist Hannes Lackmann was performing regularly on the Melbourne music scene after graduating – so what inspired this Jazz & Improvisation graduate to pursue teaching?By Kelly Southworth