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.
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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.
The Roundhouse Theatre at WAAPA
With an audience capacity of 194, the Roundhouse Theatre has a thrust stage 7.7m x 12.6m. The venue has a stalls seating area plus wrap around balcony on three sides. Backstage facilities include two dressing rooms, each able to accommodate 16 performers.
The Roundhouse theatre accommodates mainly theatre and musicals but has also been used for live music. It’s intimate setting and thrust stage forces the audience member out of their comfort zone, placing them right in the thick of the action.
Recent performances include the musicals Assassins, Rent and Once On This Island and a range of contemporary and classic theatre including; Unidentified Human Remains, Pagans, Top Girls, Noises Off, Richard III, As You Like It, Time and The Conways, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Lysistrata. The Roundhouse is also used to host special events such as fashion shows, presentations and workshops, most recently by legendary American jazz guitarist Jon Scofield.