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Welcome to WAAPA, where artistic dreams are nurtured, talents are honed, and legacies are forged. As we prepare to embark on a new chapter with the opening of ECU City, our commitment to providing world-class performing arts education remains unwavering. Join us on this journey of creativity, collaboration, and endless possibilities at WAAPA, where passion meets performance, and dreams take centre stage.

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), nestled within the coastal city of Perth, offers a unique blend of training in acting, dance, music theatre, music, production and design, all under one roof. As part of Edith Cowan University (ECU), WAAPA provides a diverse range of accredited vocational qualifications and degrees, attracting aspiring performers from around Australia and from across the world. Entry into WAAPA's esteemed programs is competitive, with prospective students required to undergo auditions and interviews as part of the rigorous application process.


In the dynamic and nurturing environment of WAAPA, students are encouraged to strive for artistic excellence both on and off the stage. With over 300 public performances each year, students, faculty, and acclaimed guest artists collaborate to present an unparalleled array of productions. WAAPA's commitment to diversity and inclusion fosters cross-disciplinary cooperation, where lifelong friendships and artistic collaborations are cultivated. Alumni of WAAPA are at the forefront of the arts industry, championing representation across various creative disciplines.


WAAPA's illustrious alumni roster boasts an array of internationally renowned performers who have left an indelible mark on their chosen field. From Hugh Jackman to Tim Minchin, Frances O'Connor to Lucy Durack, Meg Mac to Linda May Han Oh, WAAPA graduates continue to make waves in their respective fields worldwide. With a stellar employment record in highly competitive industries, WAAPA alumni hold influential positions across performing arts companies, festivals, film, television, and teaching institutions. From stage to screen, WAAPA's graduates continue to shine brightly, embodying the Academy's legacy of excellence and innovation.

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