MS Tanya Gerstle

MS Tanya Gerstle




  • Tanya is an actor, director, performance maker and teaching artist. She has worked in many performance and training contexts in Australia and Europe over the past 35 years. Tanya has been training actors and making performance at the VCA since 1999 and is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow with the University of Melbourne. She was formally a Senior Lecturer in Theatre (Acting) teaching across the Undergraduate and Post Graduate Theatre programmes, Head of Acting (2007-2012) and Head of Theatre (2010-2012). Tanya received an award for Teaching Excellence in 2002. She has been an acting trainer and director at The Oxford School of Drama, England, Studio Wolkalno Actorskie, Poland, The Actors Studio and The Artists Institute, Amsterdam, was Co-Artistic Director of The Actors Centre, Sydney from 1996 to 1998 and a Con-Joint Fellow of Newcastle University. Most recently Tanya has been a Visiting Teaching Artist at Penn State University, USA, the University of York, UK and the University of Caen, France as well as the international consultant on a Higher Education Academy (UK), Knowledge Exchange Project 2011-13. Tanya began her evolving research into performance structures and their application to performance making with collaborations in New York in 1989. Her continuing research investigates a non-behavioural approach to animating narrative text and she is co-authoring a book with Professor Mary Luckhurst, “Physical Acting: Words Made Flesh” about her process called Pulse which will be published by Bloomsbury. Projects Tanya has directed at the VCA include: Angels in America Part 1 and Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner, Top Girls, Vinegar Tom and Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill, Howard Barker’s Uncle Vanya, The Greeks by John Barton, New Anatomies by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher, Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth and Pericles. Adaptations include: Zivot after Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle, Cassa d’Alba, after The House of B   



Education and training

  • MA, University of Melbourne 2009
  • BA, University of New South Wales 1985

Awards and honors

  • Special Studies Long Program, Victorian College of the Arts, 2013
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Victorian College of the Arts, 2002


Available for supervision

  • Y