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ACMI Events: In Conversation with Simon Wilkinson

Simon Wilkinson In Conversation

Tuesday 10 March | 6.30pm – 7.30pm | ACMI


Simon Wilkinson is a multi-award winning and internationally renowned artist whose interactive, transmedia and immersive works cross over into performance, installation, theatre, video art and elaborate interactive multi-platform narratives.

This forum event, presented by Fed Square’s Creative Program and hosted by Robert Ellis Walton [VCA] will include a presentation by Simon Wilkinson on the most recent developments in interactivity, multi-platform, virtual reality and technology-based arts; followed by a discussion and audience Q&A.

This event is followed by a free performance of Beyond the Bright Black Edge of Nowhere in Fed Square.

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Immersive Transmedia Storytelling in Theatre and Performance

A workshop for artists and researchers led by Simon Wilkinson of Circa69

1:30 – 5:00pm | Thursday 12 March 2015 | Federation Square Board Room

FREE but registration required as spaces limited.

The workshop will cover the psychology of attention with respect to audience immersion, the principles of multi-platform storytelling for live work plus a look at current and emerging technologies including oculus rift, leap motion and kinect.


Don't take the rejection letter personally. Image:

Interview: What to do if you didn’t get in – ArtsHub

Missing out on an offer to study in 2015 may feel like the end of the world. It’s not.

by Troy Nankervis

Published 15 December 2014 – Arts Hub

A great article comparing the experience of unsuccessful applicant Manda Flanary with advice from Head of Acting at NIDA Jeff Janisheski and myself.

Taking control of what happens next

Walton said that you don’t need a degree or an institution to be an artist, and the first way to take charge of what happens next in lieu of a rejection is to put energy into training and professional development. ‘Some of the greatest artists in history don’t have a degree,’ he said.

‘Everyone who auditions is already an artist, and because of the way our auditions are, they’ve already created a new performance work and a new interpretation of a monologue. What happens next is more important than they realise.


FR!SK @Natimuk

19-21 November 2015

BFA Theatre Practice graduates take the inaugural degree show FR!SK to Natimuk, a town of 500 people in regional Victoria.

The immersive work Contra is one of several new works being staged as part of FR!SK. Image via

Interview: VCA gets FR!SKy for Fringe – ArtsHub Interview

A festival-within-a-festival, FR!SK aims to help emerging artists get to grips with professional practice.

By Richard Watts

Published Tuesday 9 September 2014

Presented as part of the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival, and running over four days, FR!SK is a festival of new live art and performance works created by VCA Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice) students.

Eight new works feature in the FR!SK program, exploring a range of themes – discrimination, gaming, our decaying digital-age relationship with privacy and personhood – and embracing a range of performance modes and styles. One common trait all the works share, however, is an interest in evolving the nature of theatre; adapting the ancient art form for the 21st century.


VCA Company 2014 (1st, 2nd & 3rd Year Production Students), UN/clean, directed by Noel Jordan, part of ENUF is Enough* photo Giulio Tami

Interview: Strong tradition, new moves – RealTime Interview by Keith Gallasch


Written by Keith Gallasch in August/September 2014 edition in print and online.

Keith Gallasch: VCA, University of Melbourne: Robert Walton, Alyson Campbell

The Victorian College of the Arts has a long history of influential teaching in theatre yielding many professional actors, directors and other theatre artists, including the animateur, a highly motivated creator able to work across discipline boundaries and bring diverse practitioners together to generate all kinds of work, including new forms. Although the specific diploma course that nurtured this role will no longer exist at the end of this year, the principle strongly persists in VCA’s new degree offerings.

When I ask Robert Walton, Head of Undergraduate Studies in Theatre, what is distinctive about the school’s three-year undergraduate program, he pinpoints with clarity “a kinaesthetic approach to acting through the actor’s body drawing on various techniques,” “a focus on what is already strong in the VCA” and “looking to Melbourne as the inspiration for our course with its vital and exciting theatre community—acting, writing, devising and initiating projects and seeing them right through to production.”



On Earthquake at VCA – The Age

The Age carried this story about the two Australian premieres staged at VCA in October 2013. I directed one of them, It’s an Earthquake in My Heart, created by the students and I after Goat Island. (Note: this photo is from Richard Murphet’s production of Eddie Goes To Poetry City by Richard Foreman).

See more about It’s an Earthquake in My Heart here.

See original article on The Age website here.

Read on for the full article.


Site, Immersion and Intimacy Resources: Encountering Place, Audience and Community in Performance

This page is a repository of resource links to practices explored in my seminar series running alongside the Three Performances of Community project at VCA Theatre.

Links to the work of: Jill Orr, Lyndal Jones, One Step at a Time Like This, Aphids, PVI Collective, Jason Mailing, Benjamin Cittadini, Robert Wilson, Rimini Protokoll, Duncan Speakman, Marcus Coates, Fish & Game, Persis-Jade Maravala & Zecora Ura, Janet Cardiff, Punchdrunk, Lone Twin, Gob Squad.

Please contact me with suggestions for extending the list and with errata.

Andrew Carolane, Annabel Marshall-Roth, Article One devised by Bagryana Popov in collaboration with Acting Company 2012, School of Performing Arts, VCA, University of Melbourne
photo Jeff Busby

RealTime Interview – Arts Education: Utopia and Horrors

Melanie Beddie and I appear in Keith Gallasch’s RealTime feature on Arts Education (RealTime 116).

We outline our ‘utopian’ vision for the BFA Theatre Practice at VCA and University of Melbourne.  Please ask if you would like to see our (fuller) original response.

Glad that Keith used an image of our graduates Andrew Carolane and Annabel Marshall-Roth from Bagryana Popov’s great devised work Article One at VCA Theatre.

Read on for excerpts or click here for the full article at RealTime which includes interesting responses from Rosalba Clemente, Helen Trenos, Cath McKinnon, Peta Tait and Julian Meyrick.

Social Gaming: India/Australia Performance

Last year I collaborated with Amitesh Grover (Artist, New Delhi) and Rosie Hinde (Artistic Director, Kenneth Myer Asian Theatre Series) to create a series of simultaneous performances between Melbourne and New Delhi called Social Gaming.

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