Master of Theatre (Writing)
- CRICOS code: 075502B
Meet Morgan Rose
Morgan Rose is a graduate of the Master of Theatre (Writing) program at the Victorian College of the Arts. She works with teens through various youth theatre organisations and recently took part in the Dear Australia – Postcards to Our Nation project.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your creative practice.
I am sometimes a playwright who sits alone at a desk writing, but more often I am a deviser who is in a room with other people figuring out a play together. I am usually the one who writes what we come up with on paper. I often work with young people to make shows. I sometimes dramaturg other people's work. I also do some teaching, which I really love.
Tell us about the Dear Australia project? How did you get involved?
Dear Australia is an online theatre project in response to the pandemic in which 50 playwrights from around the country wrote short monologues to be performed to camera and streamed online. It's got bucket-loads of talent and lots of different experiences and perspectives all wrapped up in one project you can watch from your couch. I got involved through Red Stitch, which is a company I have worked with for the past few years.
How did your experience at the VCA influence your current work?
I loved my experience at the VCA. It shaped me as a writer and theatre-maker. Doing a masters program at the VCA requires that you really find your voice and define yourself as an artist. There is no defined pathway, there is no right or wrong. You have to make those decisions yourself under the guidance of some really smart people (in my case it was Raimondo Cortese). It was truly formative.
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.
As well being the course coordinator of the Master of Theatre (Writing), Writer and playwright Raimondo Cortese has written more than 30 plays which have been performed in more than a dozen countries, including Features of Blown Youth, Roulette, St Kilda Tales, The Wall and The Silence. Raimondo has also written for film (The Boy Castaways), television and radio, as well as visual and experimental texts. Here he shares what he enjoys most about working at the Victorian College of the Arts.
"The best thing about working at the VCA is helping people develop their writing skills, to get them to understand they have something to say, or they wouldn't be there. With ample practice, developing self-confidence and the ability to train their eye to see the wood from the trees, people can turn something incoherent and dull into something profound that will impact others in a meaningful way.
It's always great to see students transform into confident agents in their creative life, willing to develop and share their vision with the world around them. If I wasn't working at the VCA I'd probably be a fishmonger."
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.