Phillip Adams Mentorship

A TEMPERANCE HALL initiative in partnership with VCA Dance, University of Melbourne

The Phillip Adams Mentorship (est. 2017) offers a formal mentorship/internship for a graduating student from the Victorian College of the Arts facilitated by Artistic Director, Philip Adams.


Coinciding with the establishment of the company’s new home space Temperance Hall the Phillip Adams Mentorship is part of Temperance Hall’s 2016 - 2020 dance sector support initiatives. The Phillip Adams Mentorship seeks to identify and foster new talent amongst Australian dancers and choreographers graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

A VCA graduate, Adams has devoted over 25 years of teaching and mentoring to successful alumni including Stephanie Lake, Luke George, Joanne White, Brooke Stamp and Rennie McDougall. Through the establishment of the Phillip Adams Mentorship, Temperance Hall seeks to offer a structured internship to nurture the talents of the next generation of Australian dancers and performance makers.

The recipient of the Phillip Adams Mentorship will receive up to 4 weeks mentorship led by Temperance Hall Artistic Director, Phillip Adams. They will be invited to join the company across a predetermined period of activity immediately following graduation that will include up to 4 weeks of activity. This may include:

  • Participation in scheduled workshops led by Temperance Hall or visiting guest artists
  • An exclusive secondment opportunity to participate in a new or current company project as identified by Artistic Director, Phillip Adams
  • Participation in company research activities
  • A studio to develop their choreographic practice
  • One-on-one meetings with Phillip Adams

Top image courtesy: Gregory Lorenzutti. Central and bottom image courtesy: Jeff Busby.