The Third Year Theatre and Music Theatre Graduands are proud and pumped to present the graduating classes in performances as shown below!

In past years these performances have been somewhat inaccessible to outside audiences. but this year the performers have taken care to avoid private jokes and any explicit references. They are putting together a showcase of scenes and songs that all audiences will love and appreciate!

The talented young triple threats will take to the stage to showcase highlights from their time at WAAPA in one of their final performances at this prestigious institution; a show that is not to be missed!


Saturday 15th September
2pm and 7.30pm
Tickets from the WAAPA Box Office.
$25 Adult $20 Friends/Concession

friends of the academy thunderstruck performance by waapa

Defying Gravity directed by Tim White
Thursday 13, Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September at 7.30pm
2pm matinee on Saturday 15 September

Rapturous and exotic, gorgeous and romantic, passionate and powerful: an ace team of percussion magicians joins Defying Gravity to create musical alchemy in a heavenly world made entirely of sound.  The winners of Triple J’s 2017 Listen Out competition, Feels is a dynamic WA duo blending high-energy percussion with funky melodies and ravishing electronic beats.  Virtuoso percussionist Pavan Kumar Hari introduces dancers and musicians from WA’s Temple of Fine Arts, revealing a mystical world of exotic instruments, seductive timbres, breathtaking images and the overwhelming power of rhythm!

Magic is exactly what this group performs. They’re not just artists, they’re sorcerers-extraordinaire!
–  Steve Spain, Harambee Magazine.


WA Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mt Lawley  

Tickets:  $28 full  /  $23  concession / Friends of the Academy                                       
Available from:   or   WAAPA Box Office  phone 9370 6895

Earlier this month, Gillian Cosgriff commented on Facebook

“In news that is still UNBELIEVABLE to me, I’m super excited to let you know I’ll be in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’m thrilled and delighted and chuffed and I’m going to nerd out SO hard over every single thing.”


After graduating from WAAPA in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre, Gillian wrote her debut show, Waitressing…And Other Things I Do Well, which debuted at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and went on to tour nationally. She recorded an EP of original songs from the show with Luckiest Records, which was released on iTunes in 2011.

We are so excited for her and to read more about her story, head over to

The 3rd Year Actors are very proud to present 2018’s Choice Cuts!

Whether you want to reminisce or get a second chance to catch a glimpse of a few things you may have missed over the years, Choice Cuts is a trip down memory lane for the whole family.

We promise a night filled with all the essentials of theatre- hearty laughter, undeniable tears and enough dance medleys and music to make you question which course we’re in.

Featuring the choicest cuts from:

  • A Street Car Named Desire
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • The Crucible
  • Momentum
  • Alice Paws
  • A taste of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and much more!

Please click here to view our Facebook event.

Tickets are available here.

Can’t wait to see you there!


WAAPA’s graduating dancers are set to unleash their choreographic talents in a short season of original dance works performed in the intimate setting of the Dolphin Theatre.

Unleash is a unique celebration of the incredible talent on display at WAAPA, with the self-devised pieces of the 3rd Year Dance students being performed by their peers and set to original music composed by the Composition and Music Technology students.

The students’ evocative, inventive dance works encompass a wide range of themes, providing a fascinating insight into the interests and concerns of these talented young artists.

These highly creative, 10-minute works navigate the hopes and fears of their young creators covering everything from serious issues and social concerns through to whimsical, comedic subjects. With such a stimulating diversity of subject material, Unleash promises to be an entertaining evening of contemporary dance from exciting young choreographers on the cusp of their professional careers.

Performance Details for Unleash

Where: DOLPHIN THEATRE, UWA, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley
When: Tue 29, Wed 30, Thu 30, Fri 31 August at 7.30pm | Matinee Sat 1 September at 2.00pm
Cost: Tickets $27 Full / $22 Concession and Friends

Choreographed by: WAAPA 3rd Year Dance students
Performed by: WAAPA Dance students   
Music by: WAAPA Composition and Music Technology students
BOOK NOW: Tel: (08) 9370 6895 or online at:

Alexandre Da Costa and Friends. WAAPA Music Auditorium. 17 April – Reproduced Review by Neville Cohn, West Australian, Saturday 18 April.

Fascinating fare which ranged from the profoundly moving to the delightfully ridiculous ensured an altogether engrossing evening of chamber music.

Violinist Alexandre Da Costa, Micheal Goldschlager (cello) and Anna Sleptsova (piano) gave an account of Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No 2 which riveted the attention. Written in 1944 in the aftermath of the Nazi’s siege of Leningrad, the work is the apotheosis of bitterness, despair and anger beyond anger – and the players did wonders in evoking the confronting harshness of much of the writing.

Relentless pounding piano chords and ear-grating dissonance on violin and cello – plus pizzicato that sounded as if ripped from violin and cello – brought us face to face with the composer.

At the other end of the mood scale is Bohuslav Martinu’s insouciant La Revue de Cuisine, music for a ballet about, of all things, kitchen implements. It’s delightful material, presented with panache by the Indian Ocean Ensemble, a newly established group of senior WAAPA students under the guidance of Da Costa.

These young player did well in conveying the essence of this tongue-in-cheek music. It is perhaps invidious to single out individuals but it would be ungracious not to mention the skill of Madeleine Antoine violin, Natalya Czernicziw (bassoon) and pianist Ryan Davies. Earlier we heard Martinu’s serenade and a movement from a divertimento by Joseph Haydn’s brother Michael.

This was in impressive debut by the Indian Ocean Ensemble.

As a curtain-raiser, we listened to Da Costa and Goldschlager in Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen’s reworking of a Handel Passacaglia.