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Aboriginal Performance

Go behind-the-scenes, plus see and hear more from our students on our ECU YouTube channel.

Notable alumni

  • Shareena Clanton (Wentworth, The Cry, Last Cab to Darwin)
  • Isaac Drandic (Resident Dramaturg, Queensland Theatre)
  • Eva Grace Mullaley (Artistic Director, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company)
  • Shari Sebbens (Top End Wedding, The Sapphires)
  • Meyne Wyatt (Mystery Road, The Turning, The Sapphires)

The Aboriginal Performance program prepares students in a range of acting and performance disciplines through teaching methods designed to recognise and refine the skills and potential of each individual. Over two full-time semesters, students undergo intensive training in acting and improvisation, dance and stage movement, voice and singing, script analysis and the audition process. All areas are performance based where workshops feed into rehearsal, and rehearsal feeds into performance. In addition to the highest calibre of daily tuition from WAAPA’s professionally acclaimed staff, students also have access to visiting and guest directors, actors and practitioners who are brought straight from the industry and into our workshops. Aboriginal Performance boasts a dedicated, fully equipped studio space. The program prepares students for the demands of professional work in theatre, film and television. Numerous graduates go straight into the industry establishing solid careers as professional actors and performers. Other graduates go on to further study in higher-level acting and dance training courses at WAAPA, NIDA, NAISDA and VCA. View our Aboriginal Performance brochure.

Courses offered in this discipline

These course pages detail entry requirements, fee and interview information. You can also apply from these pages.


This course is open to anyone of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, 17 years of age and over. Nationwide applications are accepted. No acting or performance experience is required. However, the course demands 30 hours per week in practical workshop thus a high level of self discipline and maturity is preferred.

Successful applicants may be eligible for Centrelink benefits such as Abstudy. Limited on-campus accommodation is available through Edith Cowan University Student Housing, Mount Lawley campus.

For further information, please contact the Course Coordinator.


The Course Coordinator for Aboriginal Performance is Mr Rick Brayford.

If you would like to view other staff in the Performance department, please visit the WAAPA Staff listing web page.

More information

For further enquiries please contact Future Students on 134 328, or for calls outside Australia, (61 8) 6304 0000.

If you would like to know more about WAAPA courses, please visit the WAAPA Study areas web page.

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