Explore behind the scenes at WAAPA

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), at Edith Cowan University’s Mount Lawley campus, is opening its doors to the public on Sunday 18 April from 10am until 4pm for the annual ECU Open Day event.

Showcasing its wide range of performing arts courses and state-of-the-art facilities for prospective students, the WAAPA Open Day offers the perfect opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at Australia’s premier performing arts academy.

WAAPA offers full-time courses in Aboriginal Performance, Acting, Arts Management, Dance (Classical Ballet, Contemporary), Music (Classical, Jazz, Contemporary, Composition & Music Technology), Music Theatre, Performing Arts, Production & Design (Costume, Design, Lighting, Props & Scenery, Sound, and Stage Management) and Screen Performance.

In addition to gaining information on these WAAPA courses, the Open Day provides opportunities to meet staff and students, sit in on open rehearsals and classes from all performance areas, explore behind-the-scenes, take in some free concerts, meet students and staff.

In accordance with the latest state government advice this event will be run as a COVID-safe activity meaning crowd controllers will be monitoring numbers in all venues at all times and some presentations and tours do require visitors to register:

ECU/WAAPA OPEN DAY – Arts Management Presentation

WAAPA’s Arts Management graduates are versatile employees who are industry-ready for exciting and challenging careers in the arts and entertainment industries. We invite you to join us for this insightful discussion and Q & A with Dr Helen Rusak.

ECU/WAAPA OPEN DAY – Backstage Tour

Staff from the Production & Design program will present guided tours through the theatres, studios and workshop.

“ECU and WAAPA’s Open Day is a great opportunity to learn about how to become part of one of the world’s most acclaimed performing arts training institutions,” says WAAPA Executive Dean, David Shirley. “As well as finding out more about the specific courses on offer, prospective students, their families and any interested member of the public can have a good look over ECU’s Mount Lawley campus.”


Date: Sunday 18 April
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Venue: WAAPA, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mt Lawley
Parking: There will be free parking all day across campus.


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Peter J Snee

Peter is a British born creative, working in the live entertainment industry. He holds an honours degree in Performing Arts and has over 12 years combined work experience in producing, directing and managing artistic programs & events. Peter has traversed the UK, Europe and Australia pursuing his interest in theatre. He is inspired by great stories and passionately driven by pursuing opportunities to tell them.

Peter J Snee

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