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WAAPA bring drama to South West with new Diploma of Acting

Friday, 15 September 2017

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From February 2018, the internationally acclaimed, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), will be delivering its Diploma of Acting at Edith Cowan University’s South West campus in Bunbury. This is the first time WAAPA’s Acting department have delivered a program off campus and offers aspiring actors from Western Australia’s South West region an unmissable opportunity to hone their talent with some of the country’s leading performing arts educators.

The Diploma of Acting is a comprehensive, practice-based course designed to prepare actors for theatre performance. The course is primarily delivered through workshop and active practice, with these elements supported by theoretical study where appropriate.

Students receive actor training across a range of performance styles with reference to a similar range of texts. Units in Voice, Movement, Theatre History, Script Analysis and Stagecraft all work to support the development of acting technique. Students also learn about industry practice actively developing the skills necessary to apply for acting work in a competitive environment.

Throughout the year, students work on projects to extend their skills and expertise. Past topics have included Shakespearean Text, Developing a Devised Work, and Text from Page to Stage. The year concludes with a showcase performance under formal theatrical conditions.

This is a vibrant, dynamic course that targets formal actor training under a canopy of creativity and diversity of approach.

Andrew Lewis, Associate Dean, is very excited about this new chapter for WAAPA, “We are really looking forward to unearthing some new talent from this part of the state. This is the first time we have been able to run an Acting course away from WAAPA’s ECU Mount Lawley campus and hopefully this will lead on to us being able to deliver other courses over time.”

WAAPA is currently taking applications for full-time study in 2018.

If you’re interested in studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, visit our WAAPA study areas web page.

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