It is no secret the WA Academy of Performing Arts produces some of the best talent in the country.
Now it has been named one of the best performance schools in the world.
Prestigious industry magazine The Hollywood Reporter polled top US casting agents and theatre insiders and ranked WAAPA one of the world's best 25 acting schools, alongside the Juilliard School in New York and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
It is a huge coup for the Mt Lawley academy, whose alumni have garnered praise from industry bigwigs, including musical producer Cameron Mackintosh who called the academy a "constant source of exceptional emerging talents".
Hugh Jackman, WAAPA's best-known graduate, has said he is "totally indebted" to WAAPA for his career. Another graduate turned international star is Frances O'Connor, who starred in the Steven Spielberg film Artificial Intelligence and co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Windtalkers.
Dominic Purcell, star of hit US TV series Prison Break, appeared in Straw Dogs and in Blade: Trinity, and Dustin Clare bagged the role of gladiator Gannicus in the TV series Spartacus.
WAAPA program director of performance Andrew Lewis said its reputation for producing top talent was spreading. "We've got a lot of graduates working in the States and a number of US agents come to see our showcases in Sydney and Melbourne," he said.
"We really nurture our students and all of this year's graduates have been signed with big agencies."
While many WAAPA graduates have found success on Australian TV, others have found it on the stage, including Lucy Durack, Eddie Perfect and Tim Minchin, who was recently cast in the US series Californication.The National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney also made the Reporter's list, which included only five schools from outside the US.
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