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Notable alumni

You may notice some outstanding alumni from this course include:

  • Virginia Gay
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Ewen Leslie
  • Dacre Montgomery
  • Frances O’Connor

Studying acting at WAAPA is an inspiring and all-consuming experience. The three year, full-time Bachelor of Arts (Acting) degree is an intensive conservatoire program that produces graduates who are thoroughly prepared for a career in a wide variety of media, including theatre, television, film and radio, both in Australia and internationally. WAAPA’s Acting course has an international reputation for excellence, based on the success of its graduates.

WAAPA’s aim is for the actor to be technically adept and have an informed, rigorous outlook that will open the mind and ignite the imagination. WAAPA provides a studio-based training environment where students develop theatre performance skills in acting, voice and movement, augmented by acting for television, film and radio.

Students gain an appreciation of the complete theatrical production process through collaborations with their WAAPA peers from other disciplines, such as Production and Design, on full-scale productions. In addition to daily tuition from WAAPA’s professionally acclaimed staff, students have opportunities to work with guest directors and leading industry practitioners to facilitate the transition from student to professional life.

WAAPA also offers a one year, full-time Diploma of Acting course that trains students in the skills needed to enter the performing arts industry as an actor for roles in theatre productions.

Screen Performance - WAAPA’s one year, full-time Diploma of Screen Performance course focusses on acting for the screen in film and television productions. Students train in acting techniques, improvisation, movement, voice production, auditioning and self-testing; acquire a basic knowledge of script analysis, camera operation and film editing; and gain the pre-professional skills necessary to audition for and perform roles in television and film. Graduates can confidently enter the industry as freelancers while seeking professional representation or pursue further training at a higher level.

Courses offered in this discipline

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


The Course Coordinator for Acting is Ms Glenda Linscott.

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

More information

For further enquiries please contact Student Recruitment 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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