Edith Cowan University (ECU) has announced that David Shirley will be the next Executive Dean of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). The appointment is the culmination of a global recruitment campaign. Shirley is currently the Director of the Manchester School of Theatre within Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). His previous roles include Head of Drama at MMU and Head of the School of Theatre at Rose Bruford College.
ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman welcomed his appointment, saying: ‘David is an outstanding candidate. His experience in developing international partnerships, building research culture and ensuring courses meet industry demand aligns with the ongoing strategic direction of WAAPA. He joins ECU at an exciting time as we seek to transform WAAPA into the leading performing arts academy within the Asia Pacific region and embark on the restoration and housing of our collection of 120 historical pianos.’