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Friends of the Academy support the training that goes into producing the next generation of stage performers and their backroom support.

Areas covered may include:

  • ballet
  • jazz
  • classical music
  • opera
  • musical theatre
  • acting
  • costume design
  • scenery construction
  • lighting
  • sound and special effects

For more than 35 years, the Friends of the Academy have been assisting students at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, (WAAPA).

The small but hard working Friends of the Academy Committee ensures students continue to directly receive the benefits of the Friends’ fundraising efforts and pastoral care. The help provided by the Friends Committee on behalf of the membership takes many forms, including individual assistance grants for students, a ‘meet and greet’ service for new interstate or country students arriving in Perth without local contacts, opportunities to interact with their audiences, ongoing recognition of high achievers after they leave the Academy…view more


    Fundraising activities include Friends performances, hosting behind-the-scenes tours of the Academy, and providing food and drink at the Academy’s annual Open Day.


    Financial grants are provided mainly to supplement travel and accommodation for final year students undertaking work experience secondments around Australia and overseas.


    Individual grants of up to $750 each.

Letters of Thanks

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

The Friends of the academy Award came at such a wonderful time since it has helped to purchase music and books that will be needed…read more

Hannah - WAAPA Music Student