LECTURER (Performing Arts)

  • Part Time
  • Perth




$78,201 to $104,829pa (ALEVA) or $110,065 to $130,045pa (ALEVB) PLUS 17% SUPERANNUATION



The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) is one of the world’s leading performing arts academies, delivering the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia. Our students develop their skills on-stage as an actor, dancer or musician, or behind the scenes in production, design or arts management.

WAAPA’s Bachelor of Performing Arts is seeking experienced, inspirational lecturers to join the team at a pivotal moment for WAAPA at Edith Cowan University.

WAAPA will move into its brand-new world-class city campus in Yagan Square in the Perth CBD in 2026 as part of an exciting expansion plan. ECU’s CBD campus will bring together teaching and research in the areas of Creative Industries, Law, Business and Technology. This will be where innovative thinkers, adaptive learners and global citizens meet to develop into the leaders of tomorrow. This is unequivocally the most exciting time of all to join the university as it embarks on this further growth and transformational journey.

Collaborative, articulate and highly organised individuals are invited to apply for the role of Lecturer (Performing Arts) to contribute to our existing specialist and highly dedicated team of performing arts practitioners and educators.


WAAPA is looking to appoint 2 part time lecturers in the Bachelor of Performing Arts.

We are seeking candidates with a specialisation in EITHER of these areas:

Position 1  Actor training and/or Vocal Training

Position 2: Devised, site specific or physical performance

Please note that both positions require a capacity to teach both studio-based practice and contextual theory and history related to that practice such as history of Australian Theatre, and the history and theory of theatre and performance.

 WAAPA’s Bachelor of Performing Arts is an incubator for future cultural leaders and artists who are passionate about telling stories and driving change in the global performing arts landscape. Students build the foundational skills necessary for a contemporary career in independent and commercial performance making, and the field of performance making as social practice.

As part of the Performance Making major, students start with intensive training in voice and movement studies, before advancing to original, self-devised and collaborative approaches to creating, producing, and presenting independent contemporary performance projects.

Students study the devising of text, character, story, and physical performance and apply these skills to a series of projects of group devised, site specific, directed, and puppetry performance. In a final independent project, students work in small pre-professional companies to conceive, research, rehearse and produce their own performance. Historical context units help students build up knowledge and understanding of the roots of contemporary performance practice. There is a particular focus on the twentieth century developments in practices, philosophies, and theories of performance, and how those developments inform the current landscape of experimental performance.

Students explore contemporary and progressive approaches to performance making as social practice, investigating the role of performance in social transformation through its intersections with power, politics, sex, gender, disability, and the institution. Students test this knowledge through the facilitation of a range of applied performance projects in partnership with industry and the community.


  • QUALIFICATIONS:  Relevant tertiary qualifications (ideally PhD, but a minimum of Masters level) or equivalent professional industry experience.
  • TEACHING EXPERIENCE: A proven track-record as a lecturer in performance studies, theatre studies or an allied discipline at a tertiary level.
  • CURRICULUM: Demonstrated capacity to develop, coordinate and review teaching curriculum in the performance making discipline at a tertiary level
  • ADMINISTRATION: Demonstrated experience in working efficiently and confidently with teaching-related administration such as curriculum documentation, Canvas or similar teaching technology, budget management, marks and assessment management, or producing creative projects with young and emerging artists.
  • PROFESSIONAL STANDING: Evidenced experience as a practitioner and / or lecturer at tertiary level in contemporary theatre and performance. We are interested to hear from candidates with expertise in areas including (but not limited to)
    • Devising for performance
    • Contemporary performance theory and practice
    • Intercultural, applied, and/or socially engaged performance
    • Movement studies
    • Vocal studies
    • Actor and/or performer training
  • INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS: Demonstrated capacity to build strategic networks and collaborative relationships with industry.
  • EQUITY: Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.

Academic staff are expected to achieve and maintain the outcomes outlined in the ECU Academic Staff Performance Expectations and Outcomes (ASPEO) Framework and applicable Academic Leadership role statement.


This position attracts a remuneration of $78,201 to $104,829pa (ALEVA) or $110,065 to $130,045pa (ALEVB) plus 17% superannuation.

ECU supports a work/life balance for staff. Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances.

WAAPA at ECU is committed to building a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body. We seek to reflect this aspiration in our progressive and forward-thinking curricula. Candidates who can contribute positively to this aim are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area. Applicants from currently underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

WAAPA has an Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity working group dedicated to ongoing improvement in inclusive practice at the institution.

WAAPA’s anti-racism statement is available here.

 ECU has an Award-winning Health and Wellness Program, and an extensive range of staff benefits across entertainment, financial, health, travel and consumer goods and services.

For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our website Employment Opportunities.


Applicants requiring further information may contact:

Dr Frances Barbe (Associate Dean – Performance) on +61 8 9370 6161 or [email protected]


Complete a written statement (maximum of 3 pages) addressing the above listed selection criteria.

Attach the written statement with your CV to the end of the online application.

All candidates’ applications will be considered for Level A and Level B Lecturer roles with consideration given to their level of qualifications, experience and demonstrated ability to meet the selection criteria outlined.

To apply please visit website Employment Opportunities

To apply for this job please visit ecu.nga.net.au.