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The William Tell Overture – performed by the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and VCA dancers, at home
Apples were the order of the day for University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and a select number of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) students. After the great success of the University of Melbourne Conservatorium student rendition of Bolero, recorded remotely with 104 talented orchestral musicians, Associate Professor in Music and Head of Orchestral Studies Richard Davis decided to raise the bar with a new, ambitious recording-in-isolation project, the William Tell Overture.
How VCA acting students embraced the 'Mike Leigh Improvisation Method'
Improvisation is a core skill built into the curriculum of our emerging actors. Budi Miller, Head of Acting at the VCA, talks us through the Mike Leigh Improvisation Method, and how COVID-19 is changing the way our Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) students are learning to devise work.
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.
Meet Sophie Ash, mogul skiier and animation student
Sport and animation are not considered to go hand in hand, but Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) student Sophie Ash has blended her love of mogul skiing and fine art into one amazing creative practice.
Lockdown What You Will – Shakespeare Online
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) students had already started rehearsing for their annual Shakespeare showcases when COVID-19 took us into a virtual campus. Not to be perturbed, directors Sarah Cathcart and Petra Kalive made the decision to press on with rehearsals via Zoom. Watch the way that our Acting students have innovated Shakespeare for the digital stage.
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.
Mongrel 2020: music theatre, cabaret, and live performance to watch online
What happens when Music Theatre students and Interactive Composition students from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music bring together their creative talents in the lockdown era?
Meet Kyle Ramboyong, BFA (Dance) student at the University of Melbourne
Take a deep dive into the life of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) student. Kyle Ramboyong shares the sage advice he wishes he'd heard before beginning his dance journey at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Meet Lisa Osborn, Head of Production at the University of Melbourne
Lisa Osborn has worked as a stage manager throughout Australia and internationally and has been at the VCA since 2018. She has worked on productions for many leading companies, including Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Chunky Move, and Australian Dance Theatre, as well as presentations at major arts festivals including Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Festival, and MONA FOMA. Lisa took some time to tell us a little bit about the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production) at the University of Melbourne.
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 Dianne Miranda, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) student
Dianne Miranda auditioned for three different programs at the University of Melbourne – but since starting her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) course, she hasn't looked back. Dianne offers us an insight into her life as an aspiring actor and creative in Melbourne.
Protect your voice on Zoom, with vocal coach Amy Hume
For the latest in our How To series, voice coach and VCA Theatre (Voice) lecturer Amy Hume gives some clear tips on protecting your voice while working and playing online.
17-carrot gold – new work by Master of Film and Television students
First-year Master of Film and Television students were tasked with creating a unique piece of content from home, and ... they hopped to it.
Noel Hutchison, sculptor and art writer, remembered
Acclaimed sculptor and art writer Noel Hutchison established the first Honours Degree at the VCA and was its first coordinator. His friend and colleague Aleks Danko, Honorary Senior Fellow at the VCA, remembers his life and contribution.
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.
Fine Arts and Music – a callout to our community
With doors closed across Melbourne's Arts Precinct, the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music is looking for ways to support its community of artists and musicians.
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.