industry endorsment

over a quarter of a century of service to the arts

Just some of the names of artists who have studied at ACA include:

Hugh Jackman – Naomi Watts – Rose Byrne – Jonathan Lapaglia

Colin Farrell – Russell Crowe – Nicole Kidman.

Below you will find a host of supporters Australia-wide sharing their belief in ACA as we celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2012:

Since 1987, ACA has set its sights on excellence in artistic education through offering a sustained, vibrant and creative environment. The organisation's achievement are testament to all staff – past and present – as their passion, love and expertise in their craft has ignited 25 years of community engagement, a powerful arena for personal and professional growth, incredible performances and world-class graduates. ACA is also very proud that these graduates achieve nearly 100% placement with Sydney's leading agents after their final showcase performance. Celebrating this milestone also marks the wonderful journey towards our next 25 years...

“ACA is celebrating 25 years of incredible service. My own acting journey began over 20 years ago there and I will forever be grateful. I am proud to be patron of such an outstanding organisation. HAPPY 25TH ACA!!!”Hugh Jackman


"It gives me enormous pleasure to offer my congratulations to ACA for twenty five years of the best teaching this country of ours has ever experienced. Unlike so many drama schools, ACA has concentrated entirely on opening windows to young drama students in order to give their talent the means to fly. Year after year magnificent work has been revealed to lucky audiences in the old church hall, converted into the finest performance place in Sydney. May you continue to offer in the years to come, the same gifts to future artists."  George Ogilvie A.M.


“Time flies when you’re having fun… 25 years is quite a milestone and I’d like to congratulate all of the staff, students and everyone associated with ACA for your belief and nurturing of talent that have come through your doors over these years. May you continue for many, many years to come. Much love…”  Marcia Hines


"I can't believe ACA is 25 yrs young. What a tremendous achievement for all who have been involved. Dean’s vision is inspiring and his enthusiasm infectious. I could not be happier that through his dedication and the talent of his team, ACA has been so successful . Can't wait to see the evolution and progression of the centre over the next 25 yrs." Georgie Parker


"The Actors Centre has made a significant contribution to Australia’s theatrical life since its doors opened on 27 June, 1987. Over the past 25 years, the Actors Centre has nurtured young talent, provided opportunities for established actors to hone their skills and invited people from all walks of life to explore the joy of performing. Many of your graduates have succeeded in Australia and internationally. The Actors Centre has also made a significant local contribution, with its involvement in youth mentorship programs and support of local schools and community organisations. I congratulate you on your achievements and wish the Actors Centre another successful 25 years."
Clover Moore
Lord Mayor of Sydney


“My sincere congratulations to Dean and the entire Actors’ Centre team, to current and past students and to teaching staff also past and present, on 25 years of providing quality performing arts experiences and tuition to the people of Sydney. This is a truly remarkable achievement and is the result of ACA’s rigorous commitment to high standards of teaching and a heart-felt belief in the value of creativity in all our lives. 25 years could not have been achieved any other way. Brilliant.”  Tim Jones
Artistic Director and General Manager | Seymour Centre


"Congratulations to everyone at Actors Centre Australia for reaching such a significant milestone: 25 years of excellence in arts training. The arts have the power to unlock individual creative potential at the same time as knitting our communities together. ACA’s local partnerships with organisations like the Wayside Chapel, OASIS and the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre show us how it’s done. Bring on the next 25 years!"  
The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP  
Federal Member for Sydney


“Happy birthday Actors Centre! Throughout our own 15 year history, ACA has consistently been lovingly referenced by many an actor as a starting point, or a refresher point within their actor’s journey. Early on in our own journey ACA has always been incredibly supportive, whether in supporting a home-grown movie magazine through distribution and/or promotion. We look forward to working with you, and your many talented graduates over the next 25 years.”  
Dov Kornits
Publisher | FilmInk Magazine


“Happy Birthday wishes...blow out your candles knowing all of your wishes will come true!!! ACA is the place where "the stuff of dreams are made of"...
With fond memories and always in the art...”
Susan Batson


“The Actors Centre! I feel I've been there since the beginning. I have seen some brilliant actors come out of ACA and watched the full time course progress to an amazing tuition for actors. Congratulations to Dean, Craig and ALL the teachers and directors over the years (including my very own Dad, Ross McGregor) who have made the Centre the highly respected place that we enjoy today.”   
Kirsty McGregor 
McGregor Casting


“I don't think I'll ever be a famous critic of arts but earlier this year I stood between David Wenham and Claudia Karvan and they agreed that the show they'd just witnessed "...was what theatre can and should be." Stories from the Wayside was certainly the most powerful theatre I have ever witnessed. The talent, the professionalism and the human goodness of the actors, director and producer remain a sweet and inspirational influence in my life months after the event.
Actors Centre Australia has every reason to be proud of turning 25 and I send the best wishes and love from everyone who lives, works or visits around at The Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross.”
Rev Graham Long
CEO/Pastor | The Wayside Chapel


“Happy Birthday Actors Centre Australia! Wow 25 years young, and what an incredible place for people to discover, explore and nurture the actor within. Congratulations to Dean and all the incredibly dedicated staff on reaching this prestigious milestone. I look forward to the 50th Celebrations in 2037!”
Tim McGarry
 Monkey Baa Theatre Company


“25 brilliant years spent inspiring and nurturing actors - congratulations ACA! Every year I look forward to seeing your students shine”.  
Danny Long  
Danny Long Casting


“Congratulations to ACA on this momentous milestone, on all your glorious achievements and a truly phenomenal 25 years. Wishing much continued success . . . which I know is inevitable. You’re the best!”
Nicky Gluyas


“Dean Carey’s Audition Manuals are so good that I’ve heard they are very hard to keep hold of. My daughter told me her teacher had one – but students keep ‘borrowing’ it.
How lucky are the students at Actors Centre Australia to have a teacher of such experience and passion. Congratulations on a successful 25 years.”  
David Spicer 
David Spicer Productions


"Congratulations to Actors Centre Australia on your magnificent contribution to the nurturing and development of new Australian talent...."  
John Bell
Artistic DirectorBell Shakespeare Company


“ACA is 25 years old – an extraordinary achievement in such a challenging industry! Congratulations to Dean, Craig, and the ACA board and staff for continuing to provide a critical professional resource for Australian actors, and for their energy and dedication across the decades”.
Lyn Wallis
 Australia Council for the Arts


“It seems like only a few years ago that Dean Carey started this wonderful Centre. I was privileged to do some work there in the early days, and this quarter-century has flown by. Few professional training institutions can claim this kind of longevity. Perhaps more importantly, few can claim the quality of the Centre and its dedication to a particularly personal and individual approach to the art. The contribution of the Centre to the Australian theatre has been enormous through the resonance of the artistry of its students. Congratulations!”  Robert Benedetti


"On behalf of Drama NSW I congratulate and applaud the vision, commitment, expertise and support that Actors Centre Australia has dedicated to all drama students, teachers and educators, especially in NSW. The young people you have worked with over a quarter of a century have been blessed with quality tuition in their love of acting and their pursuit to enhance their knowledge and skills in your nurturing and creative environment. What an extraordinary place of learning you have created!

Our very special thanks are offered to Dean Carey and Craig Hughes-Cashmore for your excellent gifts of inspiration, creativity and time, sharing your wonderful space and energies with the Drama teachers of NSW."
Colleen Roche 
President | Drama NSW