Music Theatre Studio 2019

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This course has been cancelled. For information about future course dates, please submit an enquiry.

Music Theatre Studio is a dynamic skills-building course modelled on the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre). It’s challenging, it’s great fun, and it’s part time!  

Through structured, practical, studio-based training and skill development, students gain professional guidance from highly experienced, friendly tutors. This course is a great way to get immersive triple-threat training alongside other young adults who share a passion for music theatre. 

In this course, you will develop fundamental performance skills in a program which includes: 

  • Structured, practical, studio‐based training and skill development 
  • Professional guidance from highly experienced and friendly tutors 
  • Opportunity to work alongside other young adults who share a passion for music theatre 
  • Immersive triple threat training 
  • Classes in singing, dance and acting every week 
  • A supportive group environment 

Dedicated artists, practicing educators and industry professionals who will be guiding you include: 

  • Phoebe Panaretos - a graduate of the the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Bachelor of Music Theatre course in 2011 and handpicked by Baz Luhrmann to play the lead role of 'Fran' in the world premiere musical adaptation Strictly Ballroom The Musical (for which she was nominated for a Helpmann Award  for Best Female In A Musical), 'Connie Francis' in Dream Lover directed by Simon Philips for the Gordon Frost Organisation, Australian premiere of American Idiot in the role of Whatsername at Brisbane's Playhouse Theatre at QPAC, directed by Craig Iloyt. 
  • David Butler -a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (Voice) and director of the David Butler Studio in Melbourne, Butler works as a vocal coach with singers, actors and public speakers in addition to liaising  with the Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre in rehabilitating damaged voices. Butler's extensive performance and coaching experience spans musical theatre, opera, television and contemporary voice. His stage and performance credits include creating the role of “Frou” in the Indigenous children’s opera Laugh Out Loud, “Police Commissioner "Frank” in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, understudying the role of “Le Dancaire” in Bizet’s Carmen and performed as soloist for Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe, Solenelle, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and King Arthur.   David is also Musical Director BottleSnail's production of Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods and StageArt's season of William Finn's Falsettos.
  • Trent Baker - actor, theatre director and educator graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Theatre Directing course in 2005 and is currently the head of acting at The National Theatre Drama School. Baker has played the title role in Macbeth for MTC Education and most recently performed in National tours of David Williamson’s Managing Carmen and Elizabeth Coleman’s Its my party and I’ll die if I want to. His television credits include; City Homicide, Tangle, Satisfaction, Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Round the Twist, On the Beach, Child Star, feature films Dingo, Frank and Jerry, The Caretaker, When Darkness Falls and the Tropfest finalist film Beggars Belief.  

VCA Music Theatre training is disciplined and intense – Music Theatre Studio reflects this philosophy. Enrol now to strengthen your talents, learn new skills and take your passion for music theatre to the next level. 

"The Music Theatre Studio program was personally invaluable in my journey. Not only did it provide a great deal of skills training that resulted in being accepted into the bachelor but it also provided me a microcosm of what University life would be like.
It is an excellent opportunity to train, personally grow, make new connections and have a barrel of fun in the process."
- Obed Wallis, 2018

How to apply

This course has been cancelled. For information about future course dates, please submit an enquiry.


$3,999 Full Fee
Early Bird Discounted Fee will be applicable for applicants within the first two weeks of a successful audition.