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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

WAAPA is a world-class performing arts school that provides one of the most comprehensive ranges of performing arts training in Australia. It is well known for the quality of its graduates, both nationally and internationally, including Hugh Jackman, Tim Minchin, and Lisa McCune.

To keep WAAPA as one of the world’s best requires significant investment in programs such as Visiting Artists, Performances, Equipment, Scholarships and Student Support and Aboriginal Theatre.

We are looking to philanthropy to play an increasingly important role in these programs to keep WAAPA at the very top. To find out more, contact the Development Office or visit the WAAPA website.

WAAPA Name Your Seat

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Name Your Seat program provides a unique opportunity for friends and supporters to have a naming plaque placed on a seat in the Academy Theatre, the Geoff Gibbs Theatre or the Music Auditorium.

To find out more, visit the WAAPA website

Visiting Artists

Our highly skilled staff at WAAPA are dedicated to helping our students reach their full potential. But this must be complemented by a planned and properly funded program of visiting artists of international repute to allow students unparalleled access to professional choreographers, technicians, artists and directors.

We want all of our students across all disciplines to have access to world-class teaching and masterclasses to give them the cutting edge experience that will lead them into successful international careers in the performing arts. With your support for the Visiting Artists Program, we can make this happen.


WAAPA aims to not only nurture and develop the very best performing arts talent, but also make them industry ready by the time they graduate from WAAPA. This means coupling high quality teaching with access to the latest technology, and quality instruments and equipment.

Current needs at WAAPA include a Harp, a Harpsichord and a Cor Anglais. Whilst these instruments are specialised, they are vital to support an extensive Music program.  They would allow WAAPA to significantly increase the range of performances, enabling us to build on the already impressive portfolio of performance events and extend the repertoire of our students.

Aboriginal Theatre

In recent years, WAAPA has offered a specialist performance course for Indigenous students. WAAPA has always believed that such focussed attention is invaluable in impacting those who would not normally access or benefit from the performing arts.

Over the past 10 years, the Aboriginal Theatre Program has demonstrated that it can enhance the lives of young Western Australians, and their communities.  We want to build on this and continue to strengthen this unique program in years to come.

We are seeking a major partner to support the Aboriginal Theatre Program.  This will allow students to complete a more extensive tour as part of their course, as well as provide funding to support the students’ fees and ongoing expenses.


WAAPA has a limited number of Scholarships and Prizes established to reward excellence at WAAPA, attract the best students, and also ensure that financial position is no barrier to studying at WAAPA.  Please visit the WAAPA Scholarships and Prizes webpage for more information.

We currently have a need to establish new Scholarships across a range of disciplines to ensure that WAAPA is able to attract the most talented and promising students from across Australian and overseas.

If you would like to find out more about how to establish a new Scholarship at WAAPA, please contact the Development team at or call 6304 2770. 

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