Dean Carey has been teaching acting for over 40 years. He is the founder of Actors Centre Australia and has been Head of Acting at both NIDA and WAAPA, Dean has directed extensively across the industry. Dean has worked as an on set acting coach giving expert tips and advise within the rigours of film and television for actors and directors.
Dean has an industry leading reputation in being able to direct actors to reach their fullest potential on set and on stage. Dean’s first book, The Actors Audition Manual published in 1985, is still the actor’s bible across the world. Dean’s new book, The Art of Teaching Acting, will be published worldwide in November of this year. He will be leading this acting course and will be present in each class with the guest directors.
Scott Hicks is a world renown Australian film director and screenwriter. He is best known as the screenwriter and director of Shine, the biopic of pianist David Helfgott. For this, Hicks was nominated for two Academy Awards. Other movies he has directed include the film adaptations of Stephen King’s Hearts in Atlantis and Nicholas Sparks’ The Lucky One. Hicks is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Gale Edwards is one of Australia’s leading and most acclaimed international theatre directors. Her career spans forty years. She has worked all over the world, been Associate Director of two Australian State Theatre Companies (South Australia and Melbourne), worked on international musicals for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh and held the position of Acting Lecturer at NIDA in Sydney. She is the first, and only, Australian to direct on the main-stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon, UK, and the first Australian director to open a musical on both the West End and Broadway.
Jennifer West is one of Australia’s most recognised and applauded Voice Teachers. She has worked with all major theatre companies in Australia as an actor, and toured round Australia with several commercial productions starring imported British actors and directing for smaller companies. Jennifer also has considerable experience in TV and Film, and working as a Voice coach on productions and privately. Jennifer is the Head of Voice at Actors Centre Australia.
Adam Cook is the Head of Acting at Actors Centre Australia. He has directed over120 productions across Australia, London, Canada and the United States. He was Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia for the years 2005-2012, the longest tenure in the company’s 40-year history. Adams depth of experience with Australian and International actors give s a unique perspective of the varying types of actors and tools a director uses to achieve results