For over 30 years, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts has been helping students realise their dreams of successful careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries.Contact us
ECU Mount Lawley Campus
2 Bradford Street Mount Lawley
Perth, Western Australia
Phone: (61 8) 9370 6443
There's never a dull moment at WAAPA. The Academy is a constant hive of activity, and provides a packed program of performances each year.
Our world-class teaching staff and specialist tutors share the knowledge and skills gained from professional experience on stage and behind the scenes.
WAAPA boasts an impressive range of production, rehearsal, teaching and performance facilities and services to support students and academics.Virtual tour
In addition to degree and VET courses, WAAPA offers corporate training and short courses across a range of disciplines.
WAAPA provides the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia - both on stage and behind the scenes.
Taught by WAAPA’s staff and industry professionals, our weekend and holiday workshops offer practical tuition in areas such as acting, singing, music, dance and music theatre.
Each year, WAAPA students, staff and special guest artists participate in an amazing selection of performances.
There are a number of ways to book a WAAPA performance.
Contact WAAPA's Box Office
There are many ways to get to our campus.
WAAPA would not be the thriving performance institution and community it is today without the generous help and support of our donors, sponsors, Friends and alumni.
We love keeping track of the success of our graduates.
WAAPA is generously supported by our sponsors, community partners and philanthropic donors, and through the work of the Friends of The Academy.
WAAPA postgraduate students and staff are involved in research and collaboration across the broadest spectrum of performing arts disciplines – ranging from music (classical, jazz, contemporary, opera, composition) to music theatre, acting, performance, dance, production and design, arts management, and more.
WAAPA’s research groups focus on a range of disciplines across the world of arts, education and performance.
Download our Research at WAAPA brochure for recent research highlights and the diverse stories of our key researchers.
The WAAPA Accent and Dialect collection contains over 300 audio samples from across 60 countries of origin.
Seating in the Music Auditorium at WAAPA
The Richard Gill Auditorium is a versatile performance space used by WAAPA’s music staff and students. It seats 200 patrons comfortably and boasts fantastic acoustics, timber floors, Pipe Organ, Steinway Grand Piano and Yamaha Grand Piano.
The Richard Gill Auditorium is used for all classical concerts and for the successful Jazz Windows concert series. It has seen amazing performances over the years from Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble, Faith Court Orchestra, WAAPA Big Band, Big Funk Band, Latin ensemble and many others. As a rehearsal space the MA is used by Classical Voice and Opera, percussion, Faith Court Orchestra, Eneksis Vocal Ensemble, various student ensembles as well as established and emerging musicians from the Western Australian community.
Throughout each semester, WAAPA presents a weekly free concert in the Music Auditorium, performed by staff, students and visiting artists. Please visit free concerts in the performances section for full and comprehensive listings.