Senior Lecturer, Acting

Mount Lawley, Australia
$128,880 to $148,089 (ALEVC) plus 17% superannuation
15 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) 
  • $128,880 to $148,089 (ALEVC) 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 are able to develop their skills on-stage as an actor, dancer or musician, or behind the scenes in production, design or arts management. 

WAAPA’s award-winning Acting program is seeking an innovative leader to take the discipline into the future 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 2025 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 Senior Lecturer (Acting) to join us as an academic leader on our transformational journey and contribute to our existing specialist and highly dedicated team of acting practitioners and educators. 

The Role

As Senior Lecturer within WAAPA, you will be expected to contribute to the artistic and scholarly vision of the Performance discipline and support the School in the pursuit of our strategic goals. As Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Arts (Acting), you will be responsible for the development and delivery of the program. The Bachelor of Arts (Acting) program delivers rigorous, practical, skills-based actor training led by a team of ongoing staff, dedicated sessional teachers and guest artists.  It simulates real-life industry experiences including fully staged productions to produce highly sought-after graduates who are prepared for a career both in Australia and internationally.

Selection Criteria

  1. QUALIFICATIONS:  Relevant tertiary qualifications (ideally PhD, but a minimum of Masters level) or equivalent professional industry experience. (Certificate IV in Training & Assessment in addition to the above is advantageous but not essential).
  2. TEACHING EXPERIENCE: A proven track-record as a teacher and actor-trainer at tertiary level.
  3. CURRICULUM & REPERTOIRE: Demonstrated capacity to develop, coordinate and review teaching curriculum in the acting discipline at a tertiary level including the selection and curation of appropriate performance repertoire across course work, studio projects and public productions.
  4. ADMINISTRATION: Demonstrated course and teaching administration skills including managing timetables, budgets, and curriculum documentation.
  5. PROFESSIONAL STANDING: Evidenced recognition as a discipline expert or master actor-trainer for stage and/or screen. E.g through professional experience, awards, recognition, leadership roles, invitations to present at conferences or industry events.
  6. INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS: Demonstrated capacity to build strategic networks and collaborative relationships.
  7. LEADERSHIP: Experience leading dedicated teams of staff, both ongoing and sessional, and capacity to foster a culture of adaptability, resilience and excellence.
  8. COMMUNICATION: Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively in an educational setting.
  9. 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. 

Benefits & Remuneration

This position attracts a remuneration of $128,880 to $148,089 pa plus 17% University superannuation contribution.

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

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. 


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. 


Applications close: Friday, 13 October 2023


Applicants requiring further information may contact: 
Dr Frances Barbe (Associate Dean - Performance) on +61 8 9370 6161 or 

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 a dedicated Equity working group dedicated to ongoing improvement in inclusive practice at the institution. 

WAAPA’s anti-racism statement is available here