Masterclass Series

We have partnered with The Advertiser to share a five-part masterclass series presented by our expert academics and staff. Our staff will teach you five new skills, from learning a dance routine, speaking a few words of the Kaurna language to perfecting your resume while in lockdown.

Zoe Komazec

Zoe Komazec is a Dance Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. Zoe has performed across Australia and the world in shows including Billy Elliot the Musical, Mamma Mia, Matilda the Musical and Cats. 

Zoe and two students from the Music Theatre program, Sally and Katie, will teach you the chorus of Lady Gaga's Stupid Love.

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To learn more about the University of Adelaide's Music Theatre program, visit the page here.

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Nicola Venditozzi is a psychologist and Student Counsellor at the University of Adelaide. Based within Student Life, she has provided psychological support to students of the Counselling Service for the past 3 years. Prior to this, Nicola worked extensively in the mental health sector and is passionate about developing client centred projects that foster resilience and psychological growth.

Watch Nicola's masterclass on how to take care of your health & wellbeing. 


For more information and advice about Nicola's Masterclass visit the University's Wellbeing Hub here.


Rod O'Brein identifies as a Kaurna man and devotes his time to helping other Kaurna people identify with the language and culture. He is an active member of the Adelaide Aboriginal community, volunteering his time as a Chairperson on a number of committees. Rod is passionate about reclaiming Kaurna language, and hopes to see Kaurna language and culture being taught in every school in the Adelaide Plains region.

Rod will teach you common Kaurna phrases to know and learn in his masterclass.

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Rod is a cultural adviser at Wirltu Yarlu. Find out more about the support Wirltu Yarlu offer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander here.

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Michelle McKinnon is a dedicated careers educator at the University of Adelaide where she assists students with their career development. She works alongside academic staff and industry recruiters to provide careers education programs for domestic and international students. With a strong international background, Michelle enables students to articular their professional skills to compete globally in the labour market.

Michelle gives her top tips on perfecting your resume in her masterclass.


Dr Rachel Hennessy is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. Her research interests include diversity and inclusivity in creative writing pedagogy, posthumanism and climate fiction. Rachel is the award-winning Australian author of three novels. She writes contemporary fiction and non-fiction for adults, as well as having recently completed the first book of a Young Adult trilogy, the first of which – River Stone – was published in May, 2019.

Rachel gives her top novel writing tips in her masterclass and provides some techniques to help write your own novel.

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Have you ever considered how you could turn your passion for writing into a career?
The University of Adelaide offers courses in Creative Writing, you can find more information here.


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