Master of Theatre (Directing)
- CRICOS Code: 085432F
Meet Caitlin Overton
Having grown up in rural NSW, VCA Theatre student Caitlin Overton is looking for ways to bridge the gap between rural and metropolitan creatives for directing showcase. Here she tells us about her project and her experience in studying at the VCA.
My work has a strong focus on regional-metropolitan collaboration, immersive technologies and female dramaturgies. I’ve just finished up a residency at Falls Creek with the fantastic CAD Factory team. We were devising with the community and experimenting with projection-mapping onto clouds in collaboration with the National Museum of Australia.
This year I’ve had the opportunity to assist [award-winning writer, actor, social-activist, comedian and producer] Candy Bowers on a VCA graduate show, work on a female-led theatre project for La Mama Explorations and Melbourne Fringe. Last but definitely not least, I’ve also had secondments with Cardboard Citizens, London, and Theatre Conspiracy, Vancouver.
The VCA offered me an opportunity to collaborate with performers, composers and designers across a range of disciplines, all on the same campus. I was impressed by the depth of study, over a full two years, including the chance to intern with mainstage Australian theatres, to help establish myself back home. Lastly, I’m an oddball – I love writing about performance almost as much as I like making it. The VCA offered a chance to work with intellectual rigour, to begin to more critically interrogate my work and locate it within a much larger national and international conversation.
Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
The course is taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the proud home of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Much of the teaching, research and performance takes place in our purpose-built facilities on the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus at the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct.
Recently, the Faculty’s Southbank campus has undergone large-scale capital works transforming our facilities and creating an industry-ready, world-class experience for our students and staff.
While studying at the Faculty, you will have the chance to benefit from a range of partnerships and engagement activities at major arts companies in Melbourne's Arts Precinct, local and national festivals and sister institutions around the world.
Situated in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development provides exposure to contemporary Indigenous arts practices and supports the recruitment of Indigenous artists, academics and students.
Chris Kohn, Coordinator of the Master of Directing for Performance
Award-winning stage director, dramaturg and VCA tutor Chris Kohn is currently researching the connections between collaborative theatre creation, ethics and intellectual disability. He tells us what's the best thing about working at the VCA.
So much to say here! Firstly, the people – the teaching staff, professional staff and of course the students. The culture at the Faculty is characterised by curiosity, rigour and respect. It’s also an exciting time at the Southbank campus with new buildings going up and new courses being developed and implemented. We’re currently addressing some big questions around things like inclusion, access, diversity, art form development, and the changing place of theatre and performance in society. The other great thing about the Faculty is being right in the heart of one of the world’s great cities.
Learn from the best
Your teachers are practising artists who are well-connected to industry, and there are course-integrated opportunities to collaborate with students from other creative disciplines.