about Dean Carey

For almost 4 decades Dean Carey has been a stand for powerful and meaningful performance and for every actor being able to fully explore, grow and be their best. He continues to be a stand for education in action: practical, positive, productive learning within an inspiring artistic environment. He is a stand for a high-challenge/high-support mix for ongoing high-performance.

As a teacher and coach, Dean is an open, caring, loyal and passionate true believer in human potential. He brings all of him to the teaching environment: his passion and inquiry, his searching mind and his ever-present ability to seek new ways for powerful learning and deeper insights.

“I wanted to create an online acting experience for actors new to the craft, those who want a refresher, and for directors who want to learn how to get the best from their actors. The Acting Edge will reconnect artists as to why acting is vital and important in their life. I have never believed in breaking actors down in order to build them back up. That implies something is wrong and faulty within the actor. I believe in unleashing within each actor their wisdom, intuition and instinct. My online program will allow people anywhere in the world access to my passion and values and to all I believe this industry can accomplish. I look forward to welcoming you online…” Dean Carey, 2016.

Dean has taught in the United states, the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Russia, Singapore and New Zealand. He is the author of the much acclaimed, The Acting Edge (published 2012), The Actor’s Audition Manual (published in 1985 and reprinted in 1998) and Masterclass (published in 1995). His newest work, The Acting Edge, was released in 2012. His smart phone/iPhone/iPad App was also released through the iTunes App Store as well as Google play.

He was Head of Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) from 1990 to 1993 and was Head of Acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1989 where he also taught on the staff for 12 years. Dean has also taught and/or directed for the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), NIMROD Theatre Company, The Sydney Theatre Company & the New South Wales Conservatorium, Opera School.

He began his professional career in Melbourne in 1977 and for over 35 years has taught acting and performance skills. Colleges he has taught at in London include U.K Actors Centre and Mountview Drama School. He taught at the Vakhtangov State Theatre in Moscow, Lasalle University in Singapore as well as workshops in France and Brazil. His workshops in the U.S. include Yale University and various Colleges and Universities in Los Angeles and across California including Cal Arts, U.S.C., U.C.S.D., Ensemble Theatre Company, Florida, and the Los Angeles High School of Performing Arts. He was also International Guest Professor at the University of California in Davis for 3 months in 2003.

Dean is committed to the ongoing development of both actors and acting training as well as to the productivity of the artistic profession. Dean continues running his school and also working as a performance consultant for various film and television projects, running guest workshops and seminars throughout Australia and overseas, and he is invited to speak about his career, life and philosophies at various conferences and events.


Dean Carey and Hugh Jackman
Dean interview Ian McKellen
Dean Directing
Acting Edge Launch
Dean Teaching