Music Theatre

Music Theatre encompasses the three principal disciplines of singing, acting and dance. At the VCA these are taught as individual crafts and also in combination.

Study Music Theatre at the VCA

Our training is intensive, practical, studio-based and industry focused. Public performance is a core part of the training we offer, with performances by second and third year students every year. Nurturing individual voices is a priority, as is developing new Australian music theatre work. Since 2011, the VCA has supported two new works, Dreamsong and A Little Touch of Chaos. Both were written, developed and premiered at the VCA.

Music Theatre has a strong focus on the Australian industry, particularly in Melbourne, with industry leaders engaged as guest lecturers, music directors and advisors for the discipline.

Training in a studio environment

Our students work creatively and collaboratively to explore the discipline. Studio practice underpins our training programs, with an emphasis on collaboration and public performance seasons.

Music Theatre Courses

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  • Mongrel 2021

    See what happens when graduating Music Theatre and Interactive Composition students bring together their creative talents to forge new directions for music theatre creative wo...
  • Ghostlight

    As theatres went dark during 2020, the tradition of the ghostlight kept hopes for the return of live performance alive. To celebrate the power of this tradition the graduating...
  • Music Theatre Company 2020

    Music Theatre Company 2020 have had a year like no other and have emerged as a group of resilient, determined and agile young performers. A remarkable journey at VCA with oppo...


Meet Sherry-Lee, BFA (Music Theatre) student at the University of Melbourne

30 July 2020
An Arrente woman from Alice Springs, Sherry-Lee Watson always wanted to perform. Now she's on her way to living her dream in Melbourne, studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music...

Mongrel 2020: music theatre, cabaret, and live performance to watch online

1 July 2020
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 Jasmine Vaughns, Music Theatre student at the University of Melbourne

17 September 2019
Jasmine Vaughns, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) student, talks about meeting her idol in New York and the importance of being brave....

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