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Expressing trauma through creative arts - and boxing
Dr Donna Lyon is a film producer and senior lecturer in producing at VCA Film and Television. She talks about how research, University partnerships and the Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM) program have aided her project, LEFT / WRITE // HOOK, which uses boxing and writing to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
'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.
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.
Meet Elliott Gyger, Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Elliott Gyger is Associate Professor in Composition at the University of Melbourne, with a rich and varied career in music-making and education. Here, he discusses his work, the Diploma in Music, and what he'd be doing if he weren't a composer.
Meet the new faces of VCA Animation: Rosalie Osman and Christie Widiarto
Rosalie Osman is a 2D animator with an impressive portfolio of web, film and television works, specialising in character animation. She creates short films based on early childhood memories of fairy tales and everyday observations, including her feature film, Bibliomania.Christie Widiarto focuses on storytelling that explores the themes of cultural identity, family and nature. She specialises in combining traditional artistic techniques with digital technology to create multimodal collaborations, including working with the Footscray Community Arts Centre to create a series of animated wall murals for her "ECL" project. Here, we talk to Rosalie and Christie about what makes an animator.
Words Seemed Unnecessary: the VCA's David Sequeira and Isolation Improvisation Collective make artful music
Patrick Telfer, founder of the Isolation Improvisation Collective, and visual artist and lecturer at the University of Melbourne David Sequeira release a new collaborative work, Words Seemed Unnecessary (In The Space Between Us).
Meet Alyson Campbell, Associate Professor in Theatre at the University of Melbourne
Associate Professor in Theatre Alyson Campbell is a freelance director and dramaturg with an astounding 30-year career, and teaching credits that feature the School of Creative Arts, the University of Melbourne, Queen's University Belfast and Brunel University, London. She's also a self-confessed "hack nutritionist" and proponent of saying "I don't know". We talk to Alyson about what makes a dramaturg.
Meet Richard Roberts, Head of Design at the Victorian College of the Arts
Richard Roberts is an Australian freelance theatre designer and design teacher, based in Melbourne. His design experience includes designs for drama, dance, film, television and opera. Since his first professional engagement in 1977 as a resident designer at the State Theatre Company of South Australia, he has worked for all the major performing arts companies in Australia as well as working extensively internationally. He is now the Head of Design and Associate Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts. Here, he tells us what is currently exciting him in his field.
Meet Jo Briscoe, Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Design and Production at the University of Melbourne
Jo Briscoe is a production designer working in film and television and is a Lecturer in Design at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her professional design practice includes design for both stage and screen. Since completing her MFA in Design, she has maintained a diverse practice across theatre, opera, film and television. Here, she answers some of our burning questions about studying Design and Production at the VCA.
Meet Steph Kehoe, Course Coordinator of the BFA (Theatre) at the University of Melbourne
Steph Kehoe has worked as a teacher, director and performer in Australia, Europe, the Americas and Asia. She trained under Jacques Lecoq at Ecole International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and completed her teacher training in the Lecoq pedagogy under Thomas Prattki at the London International School of Performing Arts. Here, she generously shares some insights into her performance and teaching practice, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre).
Meet Paul Fletcher, Senior Lecturer in Animation at the University of Melbourne
Paul Fletcher is a Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) program at the Victorian College of the Arts. Here, he tells us about the course and what it involves.
Meet Budi Miller, Head of Acting at the University of Melbourne
Budi Miller is Senior Lecturer and Head of Acting at the Victorian College of the Arts. His career highlights include coaching Michelle Williams for her Academy Award-nominated performance in Ang Lee's movie Brokeback Mountain. He has been an actor-director-writer-teacher in the United States, Australia, Singapore, the UK, Denmark, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Malaysia, India, and Indonesia since 1992. So we asked him what he liked about living and working in Naarm, Melbourne.
Meet Dr Brad Merrick, Senior Lecturer in Music (Performance Teaching) at the Melbourne Conservatorium
Dr Brad Merrick is a passionate educator and performer who has been involved in music and performance teaching for many years. What does his life look like since he joined the University of Melbourne in 2019?
Four new faces at the Melbourne Conservatorium in 2020
2020 promises to be an exciting year at the Melbourne Conservatorium, with milestone anniversaries, an incredible array of public performances, and teaching, research and music-making at the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre. We introduce you to four of the new staff bringing their vision and talents to the Conservatorium in the new year.
Five questions for Dr Anthony Lyons, Interactive Composition lecturer, University of Melbourne
Composer, performer and academic Dr Anthony Lyons has created an incredibly diverse range of music in his career, from orchestral works to EDM to multimedia installations. But how does this all tie together?As told to Kelly Southworth.
Five questions for Dr Annabelle Murphy, Senior Lecturer (Film and Television), University of Melbourne
As part of our ongoing Staff Stories, Dr Annabelle Murphy discusses her filmmaking and academic career, which began with a classic red typewriter and a big imagination.As told to Kelly Southworth.
Carol Brown announced as the new Head of VCA Dance
Carol Brown has been announced as the new Head of VCA Dance at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. The internationally-established creative research scholar, academic and professional choreographer will take up the new position of Professor in Dance in mid-2019.
Meet Tyran Parke, the new Head of Music Theatre at the University of Melbourne
Award-winning singer, actor, director and recording artist Tyran Parke will be stepping into the role of Head of VCA Music Theatre in January 2019. He talks to Thuy On about his plans … and why he hates the word ‘vision’.By Thuy On
Five questions for Dr Erin Helyard, Senior Lecturer (Historical Performance and Musicology), University of Melbourne
As part of our ongoing Staff Stories, Dr Erin Helyard discusses conducting, his favourite writers and the trait he most deplores in others.As told to Kelly Southworth.
Jon Cattapan becomes the first artist to test a new edition-making initiative at the VCA
A new edition-making initiative will see visiting artists creating work at the recently refurbished Victorian College of the Arts Print Workshop.By Susanna Ling