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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 Production 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
Margot Fenley to step down as Head of VCA Music Theatre
Head of VCA Music Theatre Margot Fenley has announced she will step down at the end of 2018 to take on a new teaching position within the discipline.
Jonathan Mills: How the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus benefits the city’s Arts Precinct
Sir Jonathan Mills AO is a prominent Australian-born composer and festival director, and joint Enterprise Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Here, he discusses how the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music fit into the city’s vision for a revitalised Arts Precinct in Southbank. By Sophie Duran
A new era for VCA Dance
Head of VCA Dance Jenny Kinder has announced she will step down from her role at the end of 2018.
Five questions for Chris Kohn, Coordinator of the Master of Directing for Performance
Victorian College of the Arts tutor and PhD candidate Chris Kohn is currently researching the connections between collaborative theatre creation, ethics and intellectual disability. He told us about how his interest in these areas shaped his career as an award-winning stage director and dramaturg.As told to Kelly Southworth
Five questions for Andrea Keller, Lecturer in Music (Jazz and Improvisation – Piano)
She’s won multiple ARIA and Australian Jazz “Bell” Awards, written and recorded dozens of albums, and is a strong voice for women in jazz – so what would pianist and composer Andrea Keller have done if she hadn’t studied music?As told to Susanna Ling
Kate Daw, Head of VCA Art, on her vision for artists in Southbank
She’s an internationally-recognised visual artist whose work has featured in group and solo shows since 1992. The former Head of Painting, and recently-announced Head of VCA Art, outlines her vision for teaching, learning and promoting art at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus.By Dr Kate Daw, Head of VCA Art