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Performance Making

Performance Making at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

Performance Making major provides an immersive, three-year journey combining performance skills (voice, movement, acting) with creative skills (devising, directing and writing) and work on productions (self-devised, site-specific, and text-based). Theory and context units support the practical training. This major suits both school-leavers and mature applicants.

The major attracts those interested in more than one area of performance who might be writer-performers or director-performers. There is a particular focus on the twentieth century developments in practice, philosophy and theory of performance, and how those developments inform the current landscape of experimental performance.

The course features opportunities such as:

  • annual site specific performance made in response to a unique location
  • annual study tour to Intercultural Theatre Institute, for training in traditional Asian theatre;
  • a partner training agreement with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle;
  • articulation agreement with Calle Flygare, Stockholm, whose graduates enter year 2 of the program.

Courses offered

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

Audition and interview documents

Please note, to be eligible for this major, you must audition and sit a short interview to discuss your suitability. To gain a place you will need to satisfy the entry requirements of Edith Cowan University


The Course Coordinator for Performance Making is Dr Reneé Newman.

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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