Who are we?

Actors Centre Australia is a world-class destination for creative education and inspiration.

We understand that deciding where to study is a major decision, which is why it’s important to make the right choice. ACA is unique among the world’s top-ranking drama schools. Discover what has been built over more than three decades of superb service to the arts.

At Actors Centre Australia, diversity and inclusion are a rich part of our fabric. Together, we continue to build and encourage an inclusive culture that inspires, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our students and alumni. It drives our innovation and connects us to the communities we serve.

ACA Mission Statement

“To enliven the soul of society through the power of the performing arts.”

Nothing of any real meaning or merit occurs in the creative landscape without deep collaboration and alignment. All ACA staff understand this and operate via this simple yet all-inclusive context.

We dedicate all of our resources and energies to ensuring that all onsite events, performances, cultural exchanges and community engagement achieve the highest standards on every level possible, in order to make a significant difference to all who engage with both ACA and our performance precinct.

Shared stories, emotional involvement and powerful ideas are the foundations of our industry. ACA is dedicated to the enrichment of the audience experience as well as to the empowerment of all involved in the creative process.

Our Principles

The ACA Way: Our Unique Delivery Principles


ACA’s programs embrace time-honoured performance techniques and content along with an array of contemporary texts within a contemporary theatrical landscape. 

High Support

No challenge will be given without an equal amount of support with which to achieve it. Matching developing confidence with ongoing risk is a strategy for success.

The Actor’s M.A.P.

Created by Dean Carey, ACA’s Founder and CEO, M.A.P. defines the roles and responsibilities of the trinity within each of us: The Manager, Artist and Person. 


Actors, teachers and directors are all on the field together, never in the stands watching, judging or criticising. All training is actually exploration and takes place with all players collaborating in healthy, vibrant and courageous ways.

Duty of Care

Actors, teachers and directors are all on the field together. All training is actually exploration and takes place with all players collaborating in healthy, vibrant and courageous ways.


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ACA Patron

Hugh Jackman

“ACA is celebrating over three decades of incredible service. My own acting journey began there, and I will be forever grateful.

I am proud to be Patron of such an outstanding organisation which has consistently delivered artistic education fuelled by integrity and excellence.”

Contact Info

Forum Performance Precinct,
Ground Level, Italian Forum,
30A/23 Norton street,
Leichhardt, NSW, 2040

+61 2 9310 4077


PO Box 361, Leichhardt NSW 2040

RTO Code: 45065

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*COVID19* The health and safety of everyone at our premises is our priority and we have been closely monitoring the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In line with the latest advice from the Australian Federal and State Governments on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, we have placed strict hygiene and safety measures for all staff, students and visitors. This includes registration of attendees, temperature checks and daily comprehensive on-site cleaning. Staff are ensuring ACA fully complies with the COVID safe measures and rules ACA have in place as an educational and artistic institution.