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 OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts