industry endorsment


30 Years 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 celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2017:

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 30 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 30 years...

 

What People Are Saying About ACA

"ACA is celebrating 30 years of incredible service. My own acting journey began there over 26 years ago and I will be forever grateful. I am proud to be Patron of such an outstanding organisation who, across three decades, have consistently delivered artistic education fuelled by integrity and excellence."Hugh Jackman, ACA Patron

"It gives me enormous pleasure to offer my congratulations to ACA for 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 Sydney. May you continue to offer in the years to come, the same gifts to future artists." George Ogilvie A.M.

“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. May you continue for many, many years to come. Much love…” Marcia Hines

"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." Georgie Parker

"The Actors Centre has made a significant contribution to Australia’s theatrical life since its doors opened on 27 June, 1987. 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." 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 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. Brilliant.” Tim Jones
Artistic Director and General Manager | Seymour Centre

"Congratulations to everyone at Actors Centre Australia for 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 Neighborhood Centre show us how it’s done." The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP
Deputy Leader of the Opposition

“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 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 when 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. 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

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

“ACA - an extraordinary achievement in such a challenging industry! Congratulations to Dean 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. 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
USA Author/Director/Producer/Teacher

"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 for his excellent gifts of inspiration, creativity and time, sharing your wonderful space and energies with the Drama teachers of NSW." Colleen Roche
President | Drama NSW


For 3 decades ACA has set its sights on excellence in artistic education through offering a sustained, vibrant and creative environment. The organisation's achievements are testament to all staff – past and present – as their passion, love and expertise in their craft which has ignited 30 years of community engagement, a powerful arena for personal and professional growth, incredible performances and world-class graduates.