W.A. Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

The D’Arcy Slater Foundation has been involved with WAAPA since 2009 and contributes towards

  • The First, Second and Third Year Students’ Acting Program
  • The Visiting Artists’ Program
  • The Travelling Touring Party
  • The D’Arcy Slater Foundation Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts

Students applying for these scholarships are required to submit a satisfactory school record, interview and audition.  Financial need may be considered in the selection criteria.

​Great to see WAAPA named as one of the best performing art schools in the world.  A US poll ranked WAAPA alongside the Juilliard School of Music and Drama in New York and Guild Hall School in London. 

It’s a huge compliment for WAAPA whose past alumni include Hugh Jackman, Lucy Durack and Tim Minchin.

Applicants are required to meet the selection criteria which is outlined at the West Australia Academy of Performing Arts website


                                                                           The Visiting Artist Program

WAAPA invites many renowned instructed professionals to Perth in residence.  The visiting artist endeavours to work with all students throughout WAAPA giving master classes, workshops and classes.  If the visiting artist is a director, choreographer or musical director and is involved in a show put on by the students they would normally be at the Academy for 4-6 weeks, sometimes longer.

In 2015 the 3' year graduating students worked with Tom Healy the visiting artist on their production of Arther Miller's 'All my son' performed in the
round house theatre at WAAPA.

                         Production and Design

The D’Arcy Slater Foundation Travelling Scholarship for 2015 was awarded to Rhiannan Walker who took her secondment to England and worked on the Dick Whittington rock and roll pantemime in Leeds.

                         The Acting Touring Party

Consists of students performing in metropolitan and rural areas.  


The 2016 winning Acting Students were James Thomasson , Alan Little and Alexander Daly.
In 2016 the 2nd year Drama students worked with Glen Hayden in a production of Howard Burkes play Victory.
The Production and design Travelling Scholarships were won by Rhiannon Irving , Oriana Pope and Megan van der Weide.
Rhiannon took her secondment to Madrid with the Sasteria Cornejo Costume design studio where the pre production for Cinderella , Game of Thrones , Thor , Elizabeth the Golden Age amongst others took place.
The 2nd year Drama students worked with Glen Hayden in a production of Howard Burkes play Victory.

The Arts