Actor, Dancer, Director, Musical Theatre, Prof. Singer, Musician, Singer
Singapore-borne and raised, Deirdre Khoo (she/her) decided to pursue arts in Australia and moved to a foreign country by herself at the mere age of 16 years old.
Deirdre's professional debut was in Darlinghurst Theatre Company's 2021 tour production of ONCE as Ex-Girlfriend/Swing/Dance Captain, straight after graduating from WAAPA's Music Theatre BA course in 2020. Prior to this, she acted as the Assistant Director in VCA's production of The Hello Girls, under Jason Langley's direction.
In 2016, Deirdre originated the role Julia O'Brien in a new Australian musical, 2084: A Musical, with music by Nick Choo and book & lyrics by Sarah Courtis. She collaborated with Nick again on his next project in 2017. 4-in-50: A Musical Marathon, premiered at Perth's FringeWorld Arts Festival, and was nominated for a theatre award.
During her training 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 works 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 AOC Initiative. She is a skilled, diverse artist with training and lots of passion in theatre, film and television.