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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  • On the Town

    An energetic wartime musical about three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City, featuring thrilling music by Leonard Bernstein with playful lyrics and book by Betty Comd...
  • Mirror Mirror

    at 7:00pm - 7:00pm
    At a private high school in America’s south, a teenage boy is exiled for being himself, unleashing something evil amongst them. Part fairytale, part nightmare, part Goss...
  • Morning Melodies 2019

    Our Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) students return to the Arts Centre in Melbourne for Morning Melodies, celebrating works that span Rodgers and Hammerstein to modern d...

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Meet Jasmine Vaughns, Music Theatre student at the University of Melbourne

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