Western Australian Academy a star performer
Edith Cowan University's Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) has been named as one of the top 25 drama schools in the world.
Industry bible The Hollywood Reporter polled theatre insiders and top casting directors to find the best training grounds worldwide for would-be actors. The resulting list ranked WAAPA alongside acclaimed institutions such as The Julliard School in New York and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
WAAPA has some impressive 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.
WAAPA Director Professor Julie Warn AM said WAAPA’s graduates among 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,” she said.
WAAPA was one of only five schools outside of the United States to be named on the list along with Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), which also boasts some top-class alumni, including Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson, Richard Roxburgh and Baz Luhrmann.
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