Deirdre Khoo, semi-finalist of the 2020 Artists of Colour (AOC) Initiative is  already marking her mark as a versatile and contemporary performer.

Deirdre Khoo (she/her) versatile multilingual actor who was born and raised in Singapore. She graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ (WAAPA) Bachelor of Music Theatre, having trained in music theatre, film & television.

Deirdre is building an impressive portfolio following her graduation, and is currently playing the leading lady Janet Weiss in the 50th Anniversary Tour of Rocky Horror Show Australia. She will next be gracing the stage of Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in Old Vic’s Production of A Christmas Carol as Jess (and u/s Belle & Little Fan) at the end of 2023.

Deirdre made her professional debut in Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s production of ONCE as Ex-GirlfriendSwing and Dance Captain, in which she performed the lead role of ‘Girl’ on several occasions to great acclaim. She is also extremely excited by new works in Australia, and recently recorded an audio-experience album for RUTH: The Musical by Isaac Shatford as Darla Ren, under the direction of Hayden Tee.

Deirdre’s performing credits start from when she originated the role of Julia O’Brien in a new Australian musical, 2084, that premiered in Western Australia. Her notable credits include Allison Vernon-Williams in Cry-Baby (dir. Chris Parker), Maggie Winslow/Vocal Captain in A Chorus Line (dir. Crispin Taylor), Rosie in Mamma Mia! (dir. Shaun Rennie), Pepper in Maki Morita’s Trash Pop Butterflies, Dance Dance Paradise (dir. Amelia Burke), Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir. Nicola Bowman) and Scotty in Merrily We Roll Along (dir. Brent Hill).

In 2020, Deirdre was a semi-finalist of the inaugural Artists of Colour (AOC) Initiative. She is also a member of the MEAA. Deirdre would like to pay respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands on which she lives and performs on.