Two $15,000 Indigenous Scholarships on offer through MTC and VCA

February 16 / 175

The Melbourne Theatre Company in collaboration with the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Victorian College of the Arts, is offering two $15,000 scholarships to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from Victoria.

Designed to help create career pathways for young Indigenous people over 18 years old, these scholarships are aimed at supporting those preparing for tertiary study, or work, in the field of production for the performing arts.

In addition to the $15,000 cash bursary to cover living and educational expenses, the scholarships provide opportunities for a practical internship at MTC, assisting with mainstage productions and other core Company activities, while learning how a major performing arts organisation operates.

Scholarship recipients will also receive mentoring and guidance throughout the year; access to relevant resources and materials; tickets to see shows, cultural activities and exhibitions in Melbourne; a written reference; and assistance writing job or study applications and preparing for interviews. The program of activities will be tailored to each recipient’s level of experience, availability and particular area of interest within the field of production.

Melbourne Theatre Company Executive Director Virginia Lovett says there is nothing more valuable for young people starting out than hands on experience in a real working environment.

“This scholarship is a fantastic opportunity to learn from highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals at Victoria’s flagship theatre company. For MTC, it’s incredibly rewarding to work with young people passionate about a career in the arts and help them take the next steps to gaining further education or employment in the field.

“It’s also wonderful to be partnering with the Wilin Centre for the first time and facilitating a scholarship that specifically spotlights production for live performance, a side of the creative industries that offers so many exciting career possibilities.”

Throughout the year, the Wilin Centre will provide cultural support and assistance to the scholarship recipients.

Richard Frankland, Head of Curriculum and Programs at the Wilin Centre, hopes the scholarship leads to him seeing a stronger Aboriginal presence at the VCA.

“I look forward to connecting recipients to Indigenous arts and culture networks. The internship is an excellent opportunity for Indigenous students to get an invaluable firsthand experience of working in the arts and will give them a huge advantage in their future study and career,” he says.

Applications for MTC’s Indigenous Scholarships are open until Friday 19 February.

Story by the MTC's Rosie Shepherdson-Cullen.

 

 

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