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9am to 5pm Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays



The course runs for approximately 30 weeks, commencing early February and finishing in late November. 


AAPA's Performance course provides students with the opportunity to perform in three major productions at the Hayward Street Theatre throughout the course of the year. 

Students also receive regular private singing lessons, and access to a range of training opportunities that support the work being undertaken in rehearsals and performances. 

Through the performance opportunities, students have the opportunity to meet and work with directors, choreographers and producers who are working in the industry and can provide them with employment as they commence their careers. It  also allows them the opportunity to be seen by other members of the industry and the general public as a way of building their professional profile and reputation. 

The Performance course offers students a practical way to build their experience and bolster their CV as they prepare to enter the industry. 


There is no qualification attached to the Performance Course.


1 year full time


Applicants must be aged 17+ at the time of commencement and be able to demonstrate significant prior training or performance experience or equivalent. Entry is via a 3 step process of written application, skills assessment and callback. Students are accepted into the course on the basis of talent and potential to succeed both in the course and within the industry. Skills assessments commence in September 2022.


AAPA's full time course runs out of the Hayward Street Theatre, located at 57 Hayward St, Stafford in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. 


The Advanced Performing Arts Course costs $10,500 per year.  Payment in full or weekly payment plans available. 

Course financing

Through our partnership with ZeeFi, students have the option to Study Now and Pay Later. Borrow your AAPA course fees with ZeeFi’s interest-free, flexible repayments. You can choose weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments over a repayment term up to 36 months.




AAPA's prestigious Performance course is one of Australia’s only full time courses that focuses entirely on performance outcomes, offering emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their skills and hone their craft in major productions in a working theatre environment under the guidance of industry professionals. 


The course is a one-year program that provides students with the chance to take part in 3 major productions, presented in association with Hayward Street Theatre. Students are guaranteed a role in all three productions, and through audition process may obtain principal roles. 


Students are also provided with regular private singing lessons as part of the course, and access to classes and training opportunities that support the work being undertaken in rehearsals and performances. 

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AAPA’s Performance course provides the opportunity for learning and development through rehearsal and performance opportunities. Students are able to put prior training into practice by taking part in 3 major productions throughout the year, designed to stretch their abilities and grow their skills, preparing them to operate in a professional performance environment.


By learning while doing, students become showfit and ready to enter the industry at the end of their course. Many AAPA graduates also go on to further studies at university level performing arts courses such as Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), while others enter the industry upon graduation.

AAPA is the only training institution in Australia housed within a major performing arts venue (Hayward Street Theatre), which is also home to production companies like AVT LIVEArenavent Theatrical and Quid Pro Co, and renowned talent agency, Dare Artist Management. Students are afforded the opportunity to train in the same venue where some of Australia's biggest theatre stars are rehearsing, performing and managing their careers, and the students regularly benefit from a range of formal and informal encounters with these luminaries. 

While training at AAPA, students are represented through Dare Artist Management, which means they can be put forward for auditions for film, television and theatre projects. Part of the training at AAPA provides students with guidance in how to navigate external auditions, negotiations with agents and conduct themselves in a professional setting. 

AAPA's Performance Course provides students with high-end performance opportunities as a doorway into the entertainment industry.