‘I feel like I’ve been cheated’: proposed axing of Monash courses provokes dismay

Monash University has announced plans to close its Centre for Theatre and Performance, including associated redundancies. The School of Music is also being targeted.

Current and prospective students at Monash University’s renowned Centre for Theatre and Performance (CTP) are devastated about the University’s proposal to ‘de-establish’ the Centre.

‘I feel like I’ve been cheated because I signed up for something, and now it might not be here. I’m sad for anyone who comes underneath me, or who wanted to go to Monash where this might not be possible for them in the future,’ said second-year student Gemma Livingstone, who is studying a double degree in music and art at Monash.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts