Adelaide Festival Centre and The University Of Adelaide Partnership sets the stage for musical theatre students


Adelaide Festival Centre and the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium have partnered to encourage and support South Australia’s first Bachelor of Music Theatre students.

In an Australian first between a major arts organisation and leading university, the partnership will provide professional development opportunities for students throughout Adelaide Festival Centre’s year-round program of festivals and major musicals.

Already students have participated in masterclasses and workshops with some of the world’s most accomplished musical theatre stars including Philip Quast and Ann Maree McDonald during Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

On Saturday, June 22, Music Theatre students from the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium participated in a masterclass with one of the most celebrated performers in the history of the West End, Ruthie Henshall – who was in Adelaide to perform her solo show, Ruthie Henshall Live & Intimate, at Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

A recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the organisations also outlines the commitment to help students develop professional skills by attending shows at Adelaide Festival Centre, live performance opportunities during festivals and providing a theatre for students’ end of year production.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier AM said: “We are thrilled to be offering professional development opportunities to South Australia’s up and coming musical theatre performers studying at the University of Adelaide.  

“Adelaide Festival Centre continues to be a leader in presenting, developing and nurturing performing arts in South Australia, while continuing to feature major musical theatre productions.

“The partnership with the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music further strengthens and supports cultural and performing arts by offering students the opportunity to learn from and connect with some of the world’s leading performers and producers.

“We look forward to seeing the musical theatre stars of tomorrow rise through these workshops and programs.” 

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