Theatre artists are an essential part of any society, as they reflect and comment upon that society in the most fundamental ways
Theatre is an art form that brings people together to celebrate, challenge and provoke through the telling of stories. Theatre is both an escape and a moment of intersection between people. It is a process of transformation where human experience becomes the unique moment that constitutes dramatic performance.
The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School recognizes the importance of theatre artists and of their role within society. It is committed to the nurturing and development of talented and educated students who can effectively and creatively enrich our lives.
In pursuing the goals of developing the theatre arts and artists, the school believes that it must educate and produce graduates who are willing and ready to pursue the option of developing a career in the theatre arts regardless of social and economic circumstances.
The theatre arts course provides an intensive two-year program that guides and mentor’s students, providing them with access to actors, theatre makers and associated industry professionals.
The vocational training is to be taught within a broad educational framework, which encourages and enables students to engage in an informed and meaningful way with a rapidly changing world.
The school seeks to recognize, develop and foster the unique talent of each student.
The Theatre Arts extension Program was established for Year 11 and 12 students to provide focused and concentrated opportunities for them to learn about the theatre arts within a community of like-minded peers. The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School is located in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct and is a short walk from Melbourne’s most significant performing arts and cultural organizations.
One to one teaching is a key part of the Theatre Arts Program, students have opportunities to learn about theatre art practices that encourage ambitious and exciting outcomes.
An essential part of the Theatre Arts Program is the chance for students to undertake broad experiences. Regular performances and learning throughout the year attribute to the powerful and rapid development of each student’s art practice. These opportunities seek to support them in developing their professional approach to presenting their work and understanding the stages of theatre design and development.
Partnerships with key cultural organizations alongside the promotion of student engagement with the wider arts community is integral to student learning within the Theatre Arts Program. Students visit performances spaces weekly to develop an expanded understanding of contemporary art practices and historical traditions in art.
A full Academic Program in addition to the Theatre Arts extension Program ensures each student achieves a comprehensive VCE education.
THEATRE ARTS FACULTY
tara daniel | arts leader for visual and theatre arts
Tara is an arts educator and theatre director. Trained at WAAPA and the VCA, she has taught at numerous secondary schools in Victoria; has tutored for NIDA Open and was a Workshop Teaching Artist for the Arts Centre Melbourne. Tara is also experienced in arts management, having managed arts learning programs at the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). Tara has assessed VCE Drama and Theatre Studies written and performance exams for the VCAA and written VCE resources for shows on VCAA playlists for Drama, English and Theatre Studies for Theatre Works and Regional Arts Victoria. Most recently directing Unsorted, for young people and families, in Theatre Works’ inaugural Little Legends Festival, Tara is passionate about representation for gender diverse and neurodivergent communities.