Learning outcomes:

  • Develop specialist skills in directing for live performance, including rehearsal processes, dramaturgy, devising, composition and performance making
  • Build collaborative networks from within and beyond the VCA, and gain the knowledge and skills to build future national and international connections through industry placements and internships
  • Understand the interplay between theories and practices of performance direction
  • Learn practical and critical approaches to develop the future of Australian performing arts
  • Be able to creatively and imaginatively engage with textual, visual and performed sources and artworks
  • Become a flexible practitioner, able to work across artistic disciplines and multiple contexts of performance practice

Course Description

The Master of Directing for Performance develops your in-depth knowledge and skills of directing and provides a framework to identify and reflect on your own practice as a director, performance-maker, collaborator and researcher. The program opens up a broad range of individual career pathways into contemporary performance practice through directing and performance making, practice-led research, and applied performance in intercultural and community engagement contexts.

The VCA offers a unique environment for you to develop an individual approach to directing live performances and creative leadership in an environment of interdisciplinary and intercultural learning. You will experience a wide range of collaborative opportunities and leadership roles with designers, actors, production teams, writers, dramaturgs and choreographers at the VCA, as well as a range of creative encounters with local, national and international artists, organisations and communities.

The program is delivered through lab-based workshops, seminars, lectures, self-directed exercises, tutorials, practical master classes, and national and international internships. It balances theory and practice across four semesters, to allow for progression from the intensively-taught, skills-based first year, to a more autonomous, project-orientated second year which culminates in an independent, practice-led research performance project or written dissertation. The program actively encourages intercultural and international training and research experiences through fieldwork in the second year of the course.

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