FR!SK: Festival of New Work 2014
FR!SK was a ground breaking program of new theatre works created by the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice) graduating class of 2014. FR!SK presented new and original shows, operating across genres and forms, addressing issues pertinent to the next generation of artists as well as the next generation of theatre audiences.
The entire cohort of students travelled to Natimuk (25km west of Horsham in western Victoria) and Benalla (north-eastern Victoria) and were hosted in each town by a key arts organisation and arts workers with strong long term connections to the VCA. The principle outcomes included a five day community residency, workshop and master class program and performances that culminated in a community celebration.
Under the guidance of Head of Undergraduate Studies in Theatre Robert Walton, the project offered an enhanced training experience for students, combining and building upon the skills developed within their studies and applied to their transition beyond VCA and into the profession – a critical period in an artist’s life.
FR!SK was designed to specifically address the completion of tertiary study, preparing students with real world skills through participating in a festival and tour. Students gained experience by developing and presenting their work in varied professional regional contexts, in addition to building networks and relationships with future employers. A number of FR!SK members have already been offered work in both communities in 2015.
This project is part of the VCA & MCM Regional Training & Engagement program, funded by the State Government through Creative Victoria and delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria.
Local Host/Partner Organisation/s: Horsham Rural City Council & Benalla Performing Arts Centre
Communities Engaged: Natimuk, Horsham, Goroke, Donald, Murtoa, Dimboola
Alumni Artist/s: x 30 current 3rd year theatre & production students & Kade Greenland (videographer)
Dates: November 2014
A version of this article originally appeared on Channel, the Faculty’s previous publishing platform.