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Matthew Ryan has done an amazing job adapting two 19th century French Farces into two plays (Sacré Bleu!)which work as a double bill and are funny for a modern audience, and he's written a number of plays as an individual and as part of The Escapists which have been both commercially and critically successful.
AUDITION SERIES: Audition Disasters. Marea Jablonski Head of BGM Management in Melbourne has had many actors over the years call her after auditions saying it was a disaster and they were never going to get that job. ‘And that’s the job they get,’ she says.
TROPFEST: Tropfest’s Founder and Director John Polson says he’s really excited to see an increase in the use of visual effects by the kids entering in 2011.
AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS: Applications for the next batch of ArtStart grants are now open for recent creative art graduates to help fund their new arts business – and launch their artistic career.
JUMP: Forty-nine young artists from around Australia were announced as participants in the 2011 JUMP national mentoring program for young and emerging artists.
MIDSUMMA: The young star of PRODIGAL discusses his career to date.
CAREER ADVICE: We’re told the bell tolls for journalism. Newspaper circulation is down across the globe, newsroom floors are running with the blood of retrenched journalists, the GFC demolished advertising revenues and now a lot of people, some would argue the majority, have turned to aggregated online stories to get their news.
CAREER ADVICE: Lots of people throw the term ‘the arts’ around – “I’m working in the arts” “I’m an arts worker” or “I’d like a career in the arts”. But what does this actually mean? If you know you want to work in a creative field, here are a few ways to narrow down your interests and get yourself on the path to paid work.
AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF AUTHORS: The ASA has announced the 15 successful applicants for its mentorship program in 2010-11.
JOURNALISM: We’re told the bell tolls for journalism. Newspaper circulation is down across the globe, newsroom floors are running with the blood of retrenched journalists, the GFC demolished advertising revenues and now a lot of people, some would argue the majority, have turned to aggregated online stories to get their news.
BOOK REVIEW: what better way to learn the ins-and-outs of the movie making process than from the comfort of your own couch? With Richard Pepperman’s 'Film School – How to Watch DVDs and Learn Everything about Filmmaking', you can do just that and it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than a filmmaking course.
SCREEN AUSTRALIA: Screen Australia teams with renowned script consultant Michael Hauge for The High Concept Movie Workshop
ONE STEP AT A TIME LIKE THIS: Co-Artistic Director of 'one step at a time like this' Julian Rickert wanted to become a hobo, as a child... perhaps this is where the fascination with train travel comes from, which inspired 'Southern Crossings' at Southern Crossing Station, Melbourne.
QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL: There’ll be barbeques going backstage, international and local bands playing at 13 different venues including on a steam train, circus workshops for the kids, markets and a lot of people staying in tents as the 14th Queenscliff Music Festival takes over the town at the end of the month.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DRAMATIC ART (NIDA): The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and Australia’s most-watched television network, the Seven Network, have announced a Principal Sponsorship agreement to cover the next five years - the first Principal Partnership in the National Institute’s history.
ARTS VICTORIA: The future of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) looks bright with the Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, and the Victorian Minister for the Arts, Peter Batchelor, announcing the new VCA Foundation has been established.
AniKiko never knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her rule of thumb in life has been to do what she enjoyed doing, and so far she has had a few ‘career incarnations’ of which the latest is music. Giving Bjork and Portishead a run for their money, the quirky and sensuous AniKiko has launched her new EP ‘Soul Naked Before You’.
BRISBANE CONTEMPORARY DANCE INITIATIVE: Brisbane’s premier contemporary dance company, Expressions Dance Company, is now accepting applications for places in their highly sought-after summer training program, the Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive.
THE OPERA SCHOOL MELBOURNE: Spring has sprung and The Opera School Melbourne is bringing the joyful sounds of dynamic young singers performing short operatic treats at Abbotsford Convent on the weekend of 23 – 24 October.
SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS: The School for Social Entrepreneurs runs learning programs in Sydney and Melbourne for entrepreneurial individuals with ideas or businesses that have a community benefit.
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