The extensive selection process, which involves the VCA course coordinators

and external industry professionals, is based on artistic merit and potential.

Rebecca Moore - 2008

Rebecca was the inaugural recipient of the foundation's

Music Theatre Award in 2008.

Rebecca moved to Melbourne to further her Arts studies and duxed VCE music in 2004.

Following completion of her VCA studies Rebecca used the award to undertake further studies in the New York and London where she studied with industry professionals, participated in master-classes and gained performance experience.

Rebecca has performed various Cabaret shows including at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival and is currently a member of the Cabaret singing group Ginger & Tonic.

She has also performed at Hamer Hall in Morning Melodies as guest artist for the New York crown prince of Cabaret Steve Ross.

Rebecca is a Director of the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation and sits on the judging panel for the Music Theatre Green Room Awards.

Evan Lever - 2011

Evan graduated from VCA in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre).

During his time at the VCA Evan was awarded the Marion Thomas Estate Scholarship prior to receiving the 2011 Music Theatre Award which he used to travel to New York and London to further his studies.

Since graduating Evan has appeared in a number of Music Theatre shows and has presented several Cabarets including his Charles Aznavour Cabaret in New York.

Alex Gibson-Giorgio - 2014

Alex was a graduate from the NIDA Diploma of Music Theatre course and was a featured soloist in the Schools Spectacular from 2002-2009.

He graduated from VCA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) in 2014.

Alex was the recipient of a creative scholarship over his three years at the VCA prior to being awarded the Music Theatre Award on graduating.

Since graduating Alex has been constantly working and has been been cast in a number of Music Theatre shows including Aladdin and Mama Mia.

Tayla Johnston - 2015

Tayla was one of five students selected for the 2014 Global Atelier to New York.

Whilst there she participated in masterclasses with Broadway casting agent Bob Kline, vocal coach Andrew Bryne and Julliard tutor Deb Lapidus.

She travelled to London in early 2016 to do a variety of vocal coaching workshops to hone her style and repertoire.

Nicola Bowman - 2016

Originally from the UK, Nicola joined the VCA in 2013 as part of the Music Theatre Foundation programme.

Earlier in 2016, she was a featured vocalist in Morning Melodies: Best of Broadway (dir. Margot Fenley) presented by Arts Centre Melbourne.

Following her selection as the recipient of the Award for 2016 Nicola was selected in the top 30 for the 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Award and has been in regular work in various theatrical productions.

Jessica Vellucci - 2017

Jessica began her formal Music Theatre training at Patrick Studios.

She was been a back-up dancer in Twisted Broadway and Australia's Got Talent, a vocalist in Candyman and featured in the ABC Bastard Boys.

During her time at VCA she was also a featured vocalist in Morning Melodies: Best Of Broadway at the Arts Centre Melbourne prior to being the recipient of the Award on graduating at the end of 2017.

Jess pictured with Marty Alix the inaugural recipient of the foundation award for most outstanding audition for 2017. 

Jessie Monk - 2018

Jessie was a soloist in Morning Melodies : Best of Broadway at Hamer Hall and a member of the ensemble in Eddie Perfect's Vivid White at Melbourne Theatre Company.

She was the recipient of the 2017 Lionel Gell Scholarship and a soloist in the 2018 Morning Melodies.

Jessie played a lead role as Cassie in the VCA Production of A Chorus Line.


This award is given to the student judged by the Industry representatives on the panel as presenting the best overall audition on the day.

2017 Award winner - Marty Alix

2018 Award winner - Chloe Honig


Willow Sizer - 2018

Willow is the inaugural winner of the Dobell Cabaret Scholarship artist in residence opportunity with Finucane & Smith.



Jayde Kirchert - 2018

Jayde's production of Ascent is the inaugural winner of the Melbourne Fringe Festivals ShowSupport grant.