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WAAPA top of the class

Monday, 07 May 2012

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ECU's Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) has been named as one of the top 25 performance schools in the world.

The list, released by industry magazine The Hollywood Reporter, has WAAPA ranked alongside acclaimed institutions such as The Julliard School in New York and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

WAAPA has a star-studded list of alumni, including actors Hugh Jackman and Frances O’Connor and stage performers Tim Minchin and Lucy Durack.

Hugh Jackman credits the academy for kick-starting his career.

“I am totally indebted to WAAPA for the career I have had,” Mr Jackman said.

“There is a genuine camaraderie and bond, and that support is what helps you make the necessary breakthroughs. Acting is not a solo sport…..it is a team one, and it is at the core of the WAAPA philosophy.”

WAAPA Director Professor Julie Warn AM said WAAPA’s graduates are some of the best in the business.  

“WAAPA is producing some amazing artists – actors, opera singers, dancers, music theatre performers, musicians and composers – as well as highly skilled designers, arts managers and production technicians,” Professor Warn said.

“I am immensely proud of all our graduates and I am thrilled to see so many of them excelling in their chosen professions nationally and internationally.”

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox also congratulated WAAPA.

"At ECU we are delighted to be contributing, at an internationally-recognised level, to furthering the research and tuition in one of human kind's oldest form of scholarship - that of the performing arts," Professor Cox said.

WAAPA was one of only five schools outside of the United States to be named on the list, which also included Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).

For more information and to view the full list visit The Hollywood Reporter website.

To learn more about studying at WAAPA visit the WAAPA website.

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