Zen Zen Zo’s Lynne Bradley has been working with the University of the Sunshine Coast to create Australia’s first Master of Professional Practice (Performing Arts) which is now open for applications in 2018.

A performing arts program that will drive your career

This innovative practice-based Masters degree, which is modeled on the popular Zen Zen Zo Internship Program which ran from 2004-2014, is perfectly suited to emerging and established artists and will provide the successful applicants with the essential tools to shape a sustainable career in performing arts. It will provide an excellent opportunity to build business and leadership skills, develop career pathways and enhance performance skills with weekly physical theatre and actor-training workshops and industry-focussed seminars.

Lynne Teaching copy (1)One year that will make all the difference

This Masters program can be completed in one year full-time (3 trimesters), and contact hours are contained to 2 days per week (6 hours each) allowing for maximum accessibility for Brisbane-based participants.

Participants will meet and learn from some of Australia’s leading Arts leaders and become industry-ready through a series of intensive training units in acting, physical theatre, directing, devising, producing, auditioning, networking, marketing, grant writing, administration, finance and sports psychology.

Over the course of the year, the program will focus on:

  • Building creative entrepreneurial skills – Aimed at making the connection between artist creativity and business knowledge, students will increase their financial literacy, and meet and network with a number of key leaders and creative entrepreneurs currently working in Australia.
  • Strengthening career pathways – Through exposure to a number of different artistic fields, including directing, producing, teaching, administration, finance, and one-on-one career coaching, students will identify their strengths and weaknesses and plan clear future career pathways within the arts industry.
  • Honing leadership skills – Through sessions on sports psychology, a focus on health and wellbeing, a rigorous and truthful learning environment, and regular assessment meetings, students will build mental, emotional and physical tenacity.
  • Advanced actor training, specialising in physical theatre – Be immersed in weekly physical theatre and acting lessons, and a unit on auditioning. The year will culminate with a graduating performance.

ZZZ'S ITCOS_ImagineerInnovative industry-facing department

 The Master of Professional Practice (Performing Arts) is offered through the School of Communication and Creative Industries, which is fast gaining a reputation for innovation, industry-facing, practice-led provision.

What you need to know

Applications are due by 1 November 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an audition and interview on the Sunshine Coast or in Brisbane in November (video auditions will be accepted from regional/interstate/international applicants).

For more information, contact Lynne Bradley on lynne@zenzenzo.com or lbradley@usc.edu.au or go to the USC website: www.usc.edu.au/learn/courses-and-programs/postgraduate-degrees/master-of-professional-practice-performing-arts

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