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‘Practically perfect’: Music Theatre alum Stefanie Jones lands major role as Mary Poppins
Music Theatre alum Stefanie Jones has been selected to play the role of Mary Poppins in Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s critically acclaimed stage production, which will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre next month.
Steven Rhall wins 'The Paul Selzer Exhibition' $25,000 art prize
Taungurung artist, Steven Rhall has been announced the prize winner of The Paul Selzer Exhibition for his work Recycled or Reclaimed (2022) at Domain House Gallery in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Hannah Shin wins top prize at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music graduates, Hannah Shin (Bachelor of Music 2021) and Tian Tian Lan (Diploma of Music Studies 2020) were awarded first and second place at the prestigious Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition.
Compose Queer: Bringing queer stories into the mainstream of classical music
Compose Queer is an initiative that empowers young queer composers and was conceived by vocal consort the Divisi Chamber Singers, a talented group of musicians who met and formed at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Backstage at Chunky Move's Yung Lung
While 2020-21 posed huge challenges to many graduating students, two Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) graduates landed a surprising opportunity with CHUNKY MOVE via an online internship. We caught up with Summer Penney and Madeline Bowman about their professional debut in CHUNKY MOVE's daring new show - Yung Lung. Described as a performance for the end of days and a rave on Mount Olympus, Yung Lung is the company’s first major production to show to live audiences since the start of the pandemic.This is what Summer and Madeline had to say:
The Paul Selzer Exhibition: Supporting graduates of the VCA
As Melbourne's arts and cultural sector remerges from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, four of the VCA's finest graduates are displaying newly commissioned works as part of the Paul Selzer Exhibition.
VCA alum, Ari Wegner makes Oscars history with her nomination for Best Cinematography
VCA graduate, Ari Wegner (Bachelor of Film & TV 2004), made history as the second woman ever nominated for Best Cinematography at the Oscars.
VCA's Kate Just, Prue Lang awarded 2022 Australia Council for the Arts funding
The Australia Council has announced this year’s recipients of its prestigious Fellowships, valued at $80,000 over two years, including celebrated VCA Dance alum Prue Lang, and Senior Lecturer in Visual Art, Kate Just.
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.
Two Faculty violinists among Dorcas McClean award semi-finalists
Seven semi-finalists and four jurors have been announced for the prestigious triennial Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship for young violinists.
Congratulations to our alumni participant in Impact 2
Impact 2 was launched this week in Melbourne by award-winning filmmaking company Imagine Entertainment. The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music was delighted to learn that screenwriting alumni Ramon Watkins was among the students chosen to participate.
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.
Victorian College of the Arts graduates share in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2020
Three Victorian College of the Arts graduates were among the winners at the coveted Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2020 announced yesterday. Lecturer in Visual Art Dr Laura Woodward (BFA Hons. 2005, MFA 2008, PhD 2014) and Isadora Vaughan (BFA Hons. 2013) received the Rural & Regional Development Award 2020, and Professional Development Award 2020 respectively.Beth Arnold, who completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours in 2005 and a Master of Fine Art (Research) in 2011, was one of six finalists, and co-winners, of this year's main prize. In a groundbreaking decision, Arnold and co-winners Mikala Dwyer, Emily Floyd, Nicholas Mangan, Kathy Temin and Field Theory will pool their winnings and make a significant contribution to a First Nations community organisation to acknowledge the absence of First Nations voices and culturally diverse representation in the 2020 Prize.
Frisson, a new short film from Alex Wu, will give you goosebumps
Does listening to your favourite song give you goosebumps? Musical chills, or "frisson", are explored by VCA Film and Television alum Alex Wu in a new film entitled Frisson. Commissioned for the Multivocal exhibition at Old Quad, University of Melbourne (co-presented by Old Quad and Grainger Museum) this 3-channel video piece will open alongside almost 100 significant objects and artworks from the history of music on campus. Multivocal will open in 2021 at Old Quad (Parkville Campus). Hear from Alex on the process of creating this film in the below interview.
VCA Graduate Tina Stefanou wins $50,000 Schenberg Arts Fellowship
"I feel like I've woken up in another universe" – The Schenberg Art Fellowship 2020, a cash prize of $50,000, has been awarded to Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Tina Stefanou, for her works Horse Power (2019) and Antiphonea (2019).
From Southbank to West Side Story: The Maverick Brass Quintet perform Bernstein
The Maverick Brass Quintet is a group of musicians based all around the world that meets seasonally to take on creative projects such as summer festivals and international competitions. The ensemble, formed at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Brass department, has continued to create, despite their members being spread across three different continents. Here, they present a suite from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, arranged by Jake Gale.
Future Forward: watch the best of the 2020 symposium for graduates entering the creative industries
Future Forward is a week-long online symposium, designed to support graduating students with the skills they need to transition into creative industries, with a COVID-19 focus. The program features workshops, discussions, and tutorials designed to inspire, motivate and inform the next steps of our graduates' career journeys. We are delighted to share some of our favourite panel discussions from Future Forward 2020 below, which took place from 27–31 July.
Short stop at MIFF program
Six films by Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television alumni have been selected as part of a new MIFF Shorts retrospective focusing on connections.
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.