With Dr Paul Monaghan

July 11 / 64

What is your unit?

School of Performing Arts, Victorian College of the Arts 

What is your job title?

Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies and Research, School of Performing Arts, VCA.

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne? 

12 years

How did you come to work at the University?

Well, it started when I was 17, and I found myself in the ancient theatre at Delphi, Greece … After undergraduate years in Classical Studies, I worked in professional theatre for 16 years, and then came to the VCA - I missed the library. 

Describe your typical day

Oh dear … well, work at the VCA is very rewarding but also very busy and complicated in ways other people can find hard to understand. I juggle far too many emails, students’ creative projects, curriculum change, postgraduate timetables and space requirements, research student supervisions, a meeting or four, my own research projects, and lunch every other week … 

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

Working with young postgraduate, masters and PhD student performing artists in a variety of ways is always particularly rewarding. They are vigorous in their search for their own creative voice, keen to state their views on art, life and society while respecting the views and work of others, and are at a stage of their own development which can be thrilling to be involved in. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

‘It’s only a performance’ - none of us actually believe that, but it can stop us from going mad during the week before the audience arrive.

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know? 

I speak Latin.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

Um, well, just off campus actually … sorry. 

What do you like most about the University? 

People are interested in learning as a life-long preoccupation. Well, many are anyway … 


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