Deirdre Khoo – Semi-finalist of the 2020 Artists of Colour (AOC) Initiative

Deirdre Khoo originally hails from the sunny island of Singapore and relocated to Australia to pursue a career in the arts. She is a 2020 Music Theatre graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with training in both music theatre and film & television.

Deirdre made her professional debut in Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s 2021 tour production of ONCE as Ex-Girlfriend/Swing/Dance Captain. Prior to this, she acted as the Assistant Director in VCA’s production of The Hello Girls, under Jason Langley’s direction.

Prior to WAAPA, Deirdre originated the role of Julia O’Brien in a new Australian musical, 2084, that premiered at the Nexus Theatre in Western Australia. While at WAAPA, Deirdre’s 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), Scotty in Merrily We Roll Along (dir. Brent Hill), ensemble in Strictly Ballroom (dir. Crispin Taylor), and the Oathtaker in the Wonderful World of Dissocia (dir. Michael McCall).

Outside of performance, Deirdre co-founded a not-for-profit arts organisation, Future Oz Inc., that aims to work towards a greater inclusivity & diversity in the industry, while connecting music theatre students all across Australia. She is also a proud semi-finalist of the inaugural 2020 Artists of Colour (AOC) Initiative. Deirdre is also an aspiring writer, with her newest development project being selected as part of the Hayes Theatre x CAAP Making a Musical Workshop opportunity.