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Conference Information

2nd year actors in a scene from Harp in the South (Part 2) performed in the Enright Theatre in October, 2023. Directed by Dr. Andrew Lewis. Photo by Stephen Heath Photography. From left to right: Sophie Hanley, Oliver English, Deep Sroa,  Riley Warner and Bridget Bourke

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts are hosting the 2024 AusAct: Australasian Actor Training Conference on April 2 and 3, with a welcome and tour occurring on Monday April 1. This conference and training event is a presentation of actor training scholarship by researchers, practitioners and pedagogues working with original performer training methods developed within the Australian context. It is an event focusing on Australian and New Zealand actor training pedagogies and research and its relationship to place, space, land, environment, culture, and technologies. The conference will provide an avenue for the sharing of original materials and knowledge in dialogue within the Australasian performer training context. The conference aims to celebrate, interrogate, and showcase actor training methods that have been created and developed in Australia and New Zealand.

We invite individual papers (20 minutes duration) and workshop sessions (up to 90 minutes duration).

The conference will have two main parts: Conference and Training.




Helen Trenos

Helen attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and on graduating worked as a professional actor and theatre maker in Melbourne and Perth for over 20 years. Her mid-life crisis led her to a PhD on the creativity of acting (University of Western Australia) and onto a second career as an academic and passionate teacher of acting. Her book Creativity: the actor in performance was published in 2014. Helen was a lecturer and served as Head of Theatre at the University of Tasmania, taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, WAAPA and is currently a lecturer and Course Lead of the Bachelor of Creative Arts at Curtin University.

Travel and Accomodation Details

The Perth airport is located 12kms from the Perth CBD and usually takes about 25 minutes to drive into the city. If you are coming straight to Mount Lawley it is a similar distance. There are several ways to get to the City.

Taxis are on hand 24/7 to pick up arriving passengers and it’s roughly a short, 20 minute ride to get to Perth’s city centre.
The main taxi service providers in Perth are Black & White Cabs and Swan Taxis.
Taxi ranks are located at the front of all terminals – simply follow the signs to the nearest taxi ranks.
A taxi rank can also be found on Valentine Road within the General Aviation area.
You may be asked by your taxi driver to pay your fare in advance. To help us provide taxi facilities at Perth Airport, including waiting areas, monitoring equipment and kerbside facilities, a $4 fee is added to your fare if you’re catching a taxi from the terminals.
The taxi, tour and charter vehicle industry is regulated by the Western Australian Government Department of Transport. Visit their website for further information about taxi travel in Western Australia.

Perth Airport has dedicated rideshare pick-up areas to service all terminals.
DiDiOla and Uber ridesharing services are available at Perth Airport.
Please wait until you have collected your luggage and are ready to leave the airport before requesting your ride through the Ola or Uber app.
There are dedicated rideshare pick-up bays within easy walking distance of each terminal. Simply follow the directions given in the app and terminal signage to the nearest rideshare pick-up bay.
To help us provide infrastructure that supports rideshare activities across the Perth Airport estate, a $4 airport fee applies to all pick-ups at Perth Airport.

Public transport
Perth Airport is well connected to Perth’s CBD and beyond by regular public bus and train services.
You can plan your journey on public transport using the Transperth Journey Planner. For up-to-date information about routes, rates and schedules, please contact Transperth.
The cost of catching a train from Perth Airport to the City is roughly $4-$5 for a one-way adult fare.
You can purchase a cash ticket from a machine, or use a SmartRider – Perth’s public transport system card – to save 10%. Concession fares apply for interstate students, seniors and other eligible concession card holders, so you’ll pay even less. And as an added perk, children aged four and younger travel free.

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) is located at Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley. The Mount Lawley Campus is located six km north of the Perth CBD and is situated at the intersection of Alexander Drive and Central Avenue.
The campus is accessible via Alexander Drive, a bus from the Perth CBD will take about 10 minutes by bus or car (see Transperth Journey Planner for details). An Uber will cost between $10 and $12. There are residential cycling and pedestrian paths.
A map of the campus can be found here: ECU Mt Lawley campus map

There are Air BnB/Stayz/ etc options for Mount Lawley and surrounding suburbs- Inglewood, Yokine, Highgate and North Perth which all have easy access to the Mount Lawley campus.
Hotels in Northbridge (just next to the CBD) and Perth city you might like to check out are:

Campus Maps




Full: $350

Early Bird: $300

Attendance at both AusAct the S Word: $250*

Student and Unwaged: $250

*We are offering a special deal for delegates who attend both AusAct and the ‘S Word’ conference, both of which are being held WAAPA. Please bring confirmation of ‘S Word’ registration when you sign in for AusAct, in person, on April 2 – 3. This registration option only allows you to register for the AusAct conference only, not ‘S Word’



AusAct attendees, QUT, 2019