The VCA Theatre program produces some of Australia’s finest practitioners in both traditional and contemporary theatre.

Study Theatre at the VCA

Our Theatre program draws together the elements of contemporary theatre practice – writing, theatre making, devised work, actor skills, direction and stagecraft.

At undergraduate level the program is designed to train actors and theatre makers, incorporating voice, movement, performance and stagecraft.

Our graduate students focus on performance writing, theatre direction and theatre making. Their research contributes to the theory and practice of theatre in Australia.

BFA Acting and BFA Theatre

Our students work creatively and collaboratively to explore contemporary and traditional theatre and performance practice.  They investigate their craft intellectually while contributing to the creation of new works for public performance.

Studio practice is the core of the training with an emphasis on collaboration with skilled staff, industry figures and peers.

Read about Acting Company 2018.

Theatre Company '19

The inaugural graduating class of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre). These nine emerging artists have honed their performance, devising and collaborative skills through studio based training and applied practice in a range of settings and contexts.

Meet graduates

Our people

No matter how you work, in the garret or on the floor, it is great to surround yourself with talented creatives who have ‘skin in the game’. That’s why I value teaching at VCA. All of my colleagues are practising professionals and bring those skills and experiences to their teaching, and the steady stream of guest lecturers allows for multiple perspectives on how to create work.

Jane Harrison
Tutor in Theatre
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VCA events

VCA ART GRAD.SHOW.2019 Exhibition

Thursday 5 Dec 2019 - Sunday 15 Dec 2019
Student Gallery
This year, for the first time ever, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) will showcase the work of all our graduating Art students in one spectacular event. Already one of Melbourne’s landmark cultural events, the 2019 VCA Art Exhibition will be bigger and better than ever before – celebrating our un...

Film and Television Graduate Screenings 2019

Sunday 15 Dec 2019 at 6:30pm
113 Swanston Street
The Victorian College of the Arts film screening season is your first chance to see short films from Australia’s best emerging filmmakers before their release to the international film festival circuit. Full program and tickets available from ACMI in late November.
  • Acting Company 2019

    at 8:00pm - 8:00pm
    Our annual Showcase celebrates the graduating actors from Company 2019. With invaluable intensive training in Acting, Movement, Voice, and Theatre Making Practices, these tale...
  • Mad Forest

    Mad Forest tells an epic story about oppression; of very ordinary people who become unwittingly complicit in a grand deception.Written by Caryl ChurchillDirected by Sean MeePr...
  • Snore

    at 7:30pm - 7:30pm
    In 2011, a tight-knit group of socially conscious college graduates strive to remain whole as the green pastures of their liberal arts educations are paved over. Set over the...


Chris Kohn, VCA lecturer: putting diversity centre stage

28 November 2019
Since 2016, Chris Kohn has been working on a PhD looking at theatre made by people with intellectual disabilities and those identifying as neurodiverse. Right now, though, he'...

Richard Frankland says 2002 play about deaths in custody is sadly still relevant

24 October 2019
Richard Frankland is not surprised his 2002 play about deaths in custody, Conversations with the Dead, is being restaged or that the story is still topical....

Five Questions for Caitlin Overton, Master of Theatre (Directing) student

16 October 2019
Having grown up in rural NSW, VCA Theatre student Caitlin Overton is looking for ways to bridge the gap between rural and metropolitan creatives....