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Unique justice theatre production features former prison inmates

05 Nov 2015

After graduating from the VCA, acting alumnus James Brennan (BDA, 2000) spent time as a New South Wales parole officer and is now challenging notions around criminal identity with a new theatre work. Brennan has created The Chat with David Woods of the UK's Ridiculusmus, a unique justice theatre work involving former prison inmates, currently playing at La Boite in Brisbane. The ABC’s Cathy Van Extel dropped into rehearsal ahead of opening night. Listen now.

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VCA & MCM November e-newsletter

05 Nov 2015

Read the November edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.

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ARC Discovery Project Grant awarded to Anne Marsh

03 Nov 2015

Professor Anne Marsh has been successful in her recent application for a 2016 ARC Discovery Project Grant, providing three years of project funding of almost $200,000 for her project “Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970”.  The aim of Anne’s project is to investigate the impact of feminism on contemporary Australian art and to critically interpret the history of feminism and its influence on the ways Australian society views representations of women across different cultures. Hundreds of women will have the opportunity to contribute to the project, revealing the roles and interactions between gender, race, class and ethnicity. 

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New Australian Music Theatre Project: call for submissions

02 Nov 2015

Do you want to develop the next great Australian musical? Submissions are now open for the development of new Australian music theatre works at the Victorian College of the Arts. Submissions close 5pm, Friday11 December. All submissions must be made by email to Margot Fenley, Head of Music Theatre via newwork-musictheatre@unimelb.edu.au.

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VCA students bring Frisk festival back to Natimuk

30 Oct 2015

Following the success of last year’s regional tour, the VCA Frisk festival will return to Natimuk in November after its premier at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe. The festival will showcase graduating theatre and production students from the Victorian College of the Arts. Read the full media release.

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Elizabeth Debicki
Elizabeth Debicki recognised as Breakthrough Talent of 2015

26 Oct 2015

On Sunday 25 October, Victorian College of the Arts theatre graduate Elizabeth Debicki (BDramArt, 2010) was honoured with a Breakthrough Award at the Australians in Film (AiF) annual awards gala in Los Angeles.  

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Interactive Composition student Jade Alice wins Melbourne Music Bank

26 Oct 2015

Congratulations to first year Interactive Composition student Jade Alice who was crowned the 2015 winner of the Melbourne Music Bank with her pop song Kick Drum. Find out more.


Harry Aletras.
Graduate wins AWG award for unproduced screenplay

16 Oct 2015

Melbourne-based screenwriter, video artist and filmmaker Harry Aletras, who graduated from the VCA this year with his Master of Screenwriting, has won the Australian Writers’ Guild and Adelaide Film Festival INSITE Award for unproduced screenplays.

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Australian New Colombo Plan students studying in the Cook Islands

16 Oct 2015

As part of the inaugural New Colombo Plan programme, 20 interactive composition students from the VCA arrived in the Cook Islands last week and have been undertaking a musical composition project inspired by the sounds of the islands. 

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VCA & MCM October e-newsletter

09 Oct 2015

Read the October edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.

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Sugar Mountain 2016 announces annual art prize

05 Oct 2015

In the lead-up to its 2016 line-up unveiling, SugarMountain – Melbourne’s most progressive music and art festival – has strengthened its deep link with the city’s grassroots creative community with the announcement of the Sugar Mountain Art Prize, in conjunction with the festival’s home, the Victorian College of the Arts. Read the full media release.

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Towards the great Australian musical: National development symposium launched

22 Sep 2015

Music theatre specialists from across Australia will gather together next week at the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) for the very first National Music Theatre Symposium. Read the media release.

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