Testimonials and Letters of Thanks

Jessica - Secondment Melbourne City Ballet

I write this letter to thank you for giving me a Friends Grant that allowed me to travel to Melbourne and complete my secondment with Melbourne City Ballet for a week. This was a great experience which opened up my eyes to see what is out there in the dance industry and see how I am placed amongst other professional dancers…read more

Jessica - Secondment Melbourne City Ballet
Anonymous - Arts Management

I finished my secondment with Perth Festival last week, where I spent ten weeks within their programming department. Throughout the ten weeks, I learnt a range of skills as well as seeing classroom-learned-theory applied to real-life scenarios…read more

Anonymous - Arts Management
Celina - Secondment Sydney Dance Company

I would like to thank you sincerely for the funds granted to me in support of my Sydney Dance Company Secondment. My time with the company was immeasurably valuable both in terms of my artistic and personal growth…read more

Celina - Secondment Sydney Dance Company
Zach - Writing

I am writing to thank you and the Friends of the Academy once again for your support with helping me travel to Sydney recently. When I visited the theatre I thought I was much calmer than I had anticipated, and I was proven right, because as soon as the lights went down my heart began racing…read more

Zach - Writing
Natalya - WAYO

I have been playing with WAYO for three years and two years of being the principal bassoonist. I can describe how amazing the tour was, definitely the best musical experience I’ve had and a great way to celebrate the end of my Bachelor of Music degree…read more

Natalya - WAYO
Evelyn - WAAPA Dance Student

I cannot thank you enough for your generous financial support that enabled me to travel to Sydney to compete in the ‘Genee International Ballet Competition 2016’…read more

Evelyn - WAAPA Dance StudentDance
Mercedes - WAAPA Music Student

I don’t think of you as just a committee that supports students, but rather friends of my own and a support group that fosters a family rather than just an institution…read more

Mercedes - WAAPA Music Student
Karen - WAAPA Dance Student

As a third year student completing a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) at WAAPA, this year I had the opportunity to second with companies to gain first-hand experience in the profession…read more

Karen - WAAPA Dance Student
Cameron - Arts Management

I am a graduating third year Arts Management student that recently completed my final year industry placement at Mullinars Casting Consultants in Melbourne…read more

Cameron - Arts Management
Tim White - Senior Lecturer in Music

I have some lovely news to share with you. The Defying Gravity players have had a thrilling year, taking part in some fabulous projects…read more

Tim White - Senior Lecturer in Music
Daniel - WAAPA Student

Before I begin I would like to thank you so so much for your generous contribution to my trip to Canada. It was an amazing experience that I won’t soon forget. The 6 WAAPA students that were fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to have such an experience took away very different things…read more

Daniel - WAAPA Student
LINK Dance Company

On behalf of LINK Dance Company (4th Year Honours) Students Tanya Brown, Cheyenne Davis, Antonio Rinaldi and April Vardy we would like to thank the Friends of the Academy  for your generosity in contributing to our international tour…read more

LINK Dance Company
Nanna - Classical Percussion

I would like to express my gratitude to the Friends of the Academy for generously supporting me in my travels to Brisbane for the Australian Percussion Gathering. The week has been one of the most incredible and inspiring weeks for me as a percussionist…read more

Nanna - Classical Percussion
Arund - Music

I am a first year percussionist, and would like to express my gratitude to the friends of the academy for providing the financial assistance that has allowed to me travel to Brisbane for the amazing Australian Percussion Gathering (APG) in 2016…read more

Arund - Music
Eliza - Dance

Thank you for your kind letter and enclosed cheque. I am very pleased to inform you that I had an excellent and informative secondment over the mid-semester break…read more

Eliza - Dance
Phillipa - Dance

I would like to share my sincere thanks for your generous grant to assist my Secondment at STRUT Dance…read more

Phillipa - Dance
Anneliese - Dance Physiotherapy

I am just writing to you to say a very big thank you to The Friends of the Academy for the grant of $600 that I received for my recent secondment to Sydney…read more

Anneliese - Dance Physiotherapy
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I would like to really thank the Friends of the academy for being there when I needed them…read more

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Cheyenne - WAAPA Student

I would just like to thank you for the grant you gave to me and many of my peers for our recent trip to Singapore…read more

Cheyenne - WAAPA Student
Cecile - Arts Management 2015

The most anticipating thing that all 3rd year Arts Management students must go through before graduation is …read more

Cecile - Arts Management 2015
Natalie Kolobaric - LINK Dance Company

First and foremost we would like to extend our profound appreciation for your generous support and donation to the LINK Dance Company in helping to fund our European Tour…read more

Natalie Kolobaric - LINK Dance Company
Dance Student - WAAPA

My journey of ballet classes began in 2002 at age 7. I was immediately captivated and have enthusiastically pursued dancing since…read more

Dance Student - WAAPA
Melanie - WAAPA Student

I was fortunate enough to spend a week with Lucy and her company, providing me with the invaluable experience of seeing the inner working of a professional dance company..view more

Melanie - WAAPA Student
Elise Bankier, Production and Design 2014

I did my secondment in the scenic workshop for the Sydney New Year’s Eve events run by the City of Sydney. Most days I was in the workshop working with the scenic artists…view more

Elise Bankier, Production and Design 2014
Christabel Fry Stage Management 2014

My secondment was completed with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I was a stage management intern on Finding Neverland, a world premier musical that is on it’s way to Broadway… view more

Christabel Fry Stage Management 2014
Tara, Arts Management Student - Sept 2014

I am a third year Arts Management student at WAAPA. For my third year industry secondment, I divided my ten weeks between the Perth and Sydney offices of a renowned talent representation agency… view more

Tara, Arts Management Student - Sept 2014
Jacinta - Arts Management

After obtaining a grant from the Friends of the Academy during my final year of Arts Management at West Australian Academy of the Performing Arts (WAPPA) I was able to fly to Sydney to do an internship in the biggest arts company in Australia … view more

Jacinta - Arts Management
Samantha - Stage Management

I have recently returned from my two‐week secondment on Wicked: The Musical in Melbourne. I had such a wonderful experience seeing how such a complex show is run with a chance to spend various performances with different departments…. view more

Samantha - Stage Management
Letter form Student - Dec 2013

After my return from Unishorts International Film Festival in Auckland last year I
carved a place for myself at Prospero Productions in Fremantle… view more

Letter form Student - Dec 2013
Sophie

I cannot thank you and the Friends of WAAPA enough for this most generous and kind act. Over the past ten months, finding the positives and light in things has been difficult, but it is people like you, the Academy … view more

Sophie
Sophie - Production and Design

I would like to extend a sincere thank you for your support in my secondment at The Sydney Theatre Company… view more

Sophie - Production and Design
Student thank you 26.07.13

Dear Friends of the Academy. I am currently in the third of my Dance course . . . View More

Student thank you 26.07.13
Vocal Student

We would just like to thank you for your monetary support for our course in Germany during July. Without your support this training would not have been possible…view more

Vocal Student
Hannah - Arts Management

Thank you so much for my recent Grant. It will be of great help to me during my forthcoming secondment.. view more

Hannah - Arts Management
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To the Friends of the Academy, Thank you for providing me with grant money which allowed me to attend secondment in Sydney…view more

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Third year of drama school, and I must say, I was finding it hard to see the wood for the trees! I remember calling my Mum in Melbourne one night, frazzled and in tears… view more

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