GENERAL: MAJOR INTERNATIONAL MUSIC THEATRE CONFERENCE
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS
20 – 23 JUNE 2015
WAAPA is proud to announce that it will host the 2015 Conference for the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance (MTEA), which will coincide with the 30th Anniversary of WAAPA’s much respected Music Theatre Course. Themed Australasian Overtures, this will be the first conference to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.
WAAPA’s Alumni include internationally celebrated artists such as Hugh Jackman, Tim Minchin, Lisa McCune, Eddie Perfect, and Lucy Durack, and graduates of its Music Theatre Department are employed in every major commercial musical throughout Australasia.
Hugh Jackman says: "Having been fortunate enough to work in musical theatre all over the world, I know the value of learning from other performers/directors from different cultures, with different approaches. What a great idea to get Music Theatre students, professionals, and educators together in the one place at the one time. Go WAAPA!"
The MTEA’s annual conference brings together musical theatre educators from all over the world to share ideas about curriculum, recruitment, production, and professional placement. It is also an opportunity to unite the Alliance with the key professional theatre artists in their respective fields.
The Conference will focus on building bridges and broadening horizons for musical theatre across all languages and cultures, with a special focus on Asia. It will offer presentations, workshops, discussions, and entertainment of interest to teachers of Acting, Singing, Dance, and Voice, and will feature key Australian and International educators and artists.
“As a Writer and Director both in Australia and the UK I am always delighted when I see WAAPA graduates appear at auditions, they are invariably talented, enthusiastic and wonderfully trained. Living in Fremantle WA I am fortunate that I get to see WAAPA student shows and never cease to be impressed by the high professional standards achieved by all departments. Great theatre careers begin with great training which is why I believe it is highly appropriate that WAAPA is hosting this important conference and I am proud to be its patron.” – Ben Elton
Further details regarding the Conference program and speakers will be announced later in 2014. The
Conference will be held on the Mt Lawley Campus of Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
from 20 – 23 June 2015.
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