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    'It's an Earthquake in My Heart' after Goat Island. VCA Theatre 2013 Directed by Robert Walton. Actors: Rani Pramesti, Sebastian Robinson. Credits: Photo taken by Jeff Busby; Lighting, Benjamin Howlett; Set, Alexandra Hiller; Costume, Holly Patterson.

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    A Mouthful of Birds by Caryl Churchill and David Lan. VCA Theatre 2011, Directed by Robert Walton. Actor: Zak Zavod Photo Credits: Photos, Jeff Busby; Lighting, Julia Knibbs; Set, Mattea Davies; Costume, Anna Macfarlane.

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    Unity (1918) by Kevin Kerr. VCA Theatre 2011 Directed by Robert Walton. Actors: Chloe Oestreich, Tom Heath Photo taken by Jeff Busby

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    UN/clean directed by Noel Jordan, part of ENUF is Enough for AIDS 2014. Created in partnership with Living Positive Victoria. Company 2014 Photo by Giulio Tami

VCA Theatre

Current Role: Honours Coordinator (Part time)

Previous Roles: Head of Undergraduate Studies (June 2014 – March 2015), Acting Head of Theatre (January – June 2014), Associate Head of Theatre and Undergraduate Coordinator (2013), Lecturer Theatre (2011)

I moved to Australia to join the Theatre Department in 2011. Since then I have held various roles but the main purpose of my appointment was to establish the BFA Theatre Practice degree. The course we have created combines the strongest features of actor training at VCA with a reimagining of the actor as an artist and initiator of work. The course is inspired by the diversity and excellence of Melbourne’s local, national and international arts community. The course produces robust, highly skilled, free thinking actors able to take opportunities in other people’s projects or make opportunities for themselves and others by initiating their own projects. VCA actors train and ultimately work across a spectrum of performance media including film and TV, dramatic theatre, classical text, new writing, as creative collaborators in open-ended projects, in physical theatre, post dramatic theatre, community practice, live art and solo performance.

In 2015 I moved to part time so I could focus on my PhD studies. I continue to lead the BFA Theatre Practice Honours degree, the BFA Degree Show (FR!SK) and teach into the undergraduate programme at key moments. I anticipate returning to the department full time in 2018.

Major Projects

  • Establishing the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice)
  • Establishing the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice) (Honours)
  • FR!SK Festival of New Work in collaboration with Melbourne Fringe
  • FR!SK Regional Tour in collaboration with Creative Victoria (formerly Arts Victoria)
  • ENUF is Enough commissioning two new main stage performances and a documentary film to coincide with AIDS2014 in collaboration with Living Positive Victoria and The VCA Foundation
  • Social Gaming project between students in Melbourne and New Delhi in collaboration with Amitesh Grover and Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Establishing ‘Acting Breadth Track’ of three intensive breadth (elective) subjects that enable interested students from any University Faculty to access excellent studio-based theatre training experiences.

Direction

I directed the following projects:

Robert Walton’s production attains the fluid potency of a fever-dream and rangy performances show skills from intimate monologue to large-scale choreography. Cameron Woodhead, The Age

Robert Walton, as director, has pulled together a bold piece of theatre which challenges the production team, the actors and the audience.  With an overarching vision, attention to ensemble detail and team work he has given everyone involved a chance to be part of something ambitious and rarely seen… simply inspired. Angus Cameron, Theatre People

Press Interviews and Articles

Subjects

I wrote and coordinated the following subjects:

  • BFA Theatre Practice Level 1:
    • Acting and Performance Making 1A – Foundations, solo, duet and group performance
    • Performance Practice 1A – 15 Week Project & Pulse
    • Performance Practice 1B – Metamorphosis Project & Character Workshop
  • BFA Theatre PracticeLevel 2:
    • Performance Practice 2A – Chekhov Unplugged
    • Concepts and Creativity 2 – Critical Theory
    • Performance Practice 2B – Interpretive Performance (One Act Plays/Group Scene Study and Acting for Camera)
    • Acting and Performance Making 2B – Generative Performance (collaboration with postgrad cohort)
  • BFA Theatre Practice Level 3:
    • Acting and Performance Making 3A – Major Project (2014 ENUF is Enough in collaboration with Living Positive Victoria, 2015 Silver Screen Films and Contemporary Australian Plays)
    • Performance Practice 3A – Pitch Development, Scene Study, New Writing
    • Concepts and Creativity 3 – Introduction to Performance Research and PaR
    • Acting and Performance Making 3B – Major Project (BFA Degree Show: FR!SK)
    • Performance Practice 3B – Performance Day (Industry Showcase), Reading New Writing, Professional Development Planning
  • BFA Theatre Practice Honours (Level 4):
    • Major Project (Theatre Practice) – year-long 75 credit negotiated project
    • Research Methods (Theatre Practice)
    • Research Paper (Theatre Practice)
  • Theatre Breadth Subjects (available to all University students)
    • The Actor’s Process
    • Improvisation: Text, Body and Action
    • Acting for Camera

 Video

FR!SK on Tour in Natimuk, Regional Victoria, 2014

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

Global Atelier Shanghai, 2014


Led by Rinske Ginsberg, eight theatre students participated in the 20th Performance Studies International Conference held at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Global Atelier is made possible with the support of the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Management and Service

  • Prior to moving to part time I represented Theatre on The VCA Executive Committee, The Teaching and Learning Committee, The Digital Arts Working Group.
  • Established an MoU and Student Exchange Agreement with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014
  • Executive member of the Arts, Social and Spatial Practice (ASSP) Cluster 2013–
  • Established strong working relationships with key industry partners: Arts House, Theatre Works, Malthouse, Next Wave, Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne Theatre Company, Living Positive Victoria, Natimuk Frinj, Benalla Performing Arts Centre (BPAC)
  • Faculty eLearning Coordinator 2012-2014
  • Performance Studies International #22 – Performance Climates (2016). Conference Organising Committee Member 2014–
Date: May 2011 – Created for: Department of Theatre, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne Categories: Teaching Website: https://vca.unimelb.edu.au/artistic-disciplines/theatre

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