Major new works to be developed through WAAPA’s three-year residencies

Musical theatre artist Eddie Perfect and UK theatre company Cheek by Jowl are undertaking three-year residencies at WAAPA to deliver classes and assist students in developing new works.

An original Australian musical theatre production facilitated by Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice, Shane Warne: the Musical) and a major new production from the Elizabethan/Jacobean canon developed by UK company Cheek by Jowl will premiere in 2026 as a result of two new three-year residencies hosted by the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Announced today (Thursday 7 September), the residencies are supported through the Minderoo Visiting Artists program, and will involve students from a wide range of disciplines including Acting, Music Theatre, Aboriginal Performance, Dance, Music and Production and Design – as well as arts organisations and community groups outside WAAPA.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts