Episode 1


Join us as we celebrate the performing arts' industry and the artists who make it their lives. Onstage Tonight is a live, fun and informal talk show welcoming to the stage leading Australian and international artists to share their passion, insights and industry know-how. Engage with other industry audience members and share in the conversations that matter.

Onstage Tonight premiers in 2016 and will be staged twice a year. Bar Jedi will be open in the theatre foyer 45 min prior to the event and also post each event, allowing audiences to meet and mingle with other audience members, onstage guests, crew and performers.

All proceeds of every Onstage Tonight event will be donated to The Actor’s Benevolent Fund of New South Wales (ABF), Patrons Jackie Weaver and Russell Crowe. The ABF is the chosen primary charity of the host organisation, Actors Centre Australia (ACA).

“The Actors Benevolent Fund is very pleased to be named as the prime charity to benefit annually from these events. We are proud to be associated with an organisation such as ACA which is devoted to excellence.”
Patron, Jackie Weaver



Dean Carey

Host, Author, Coach, Director


Dean Carey began his professional career as an actor in 1977. Next year marks his 40th year working in an industry which he both loves and is proud to be a member. As teacher, performance coach, corporate trainer, author and director, Dean has interviewed artists onstage such as Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Susan Batson (U.S.), George Ogilvie O.A., Emmy Award winning director, Gale Edwards, David Campbell and many others. Dean has taught and lectured in countries including the United States, the U.K., Russia, Singapore, New Zealand, France and Brazil. Dean is committed to the transformational capacity of performance and has dedicated his life to creating and offering world-leading artistic education in Australia and also around the world through his books, App and online program.


Sponsors & Supporters

A number of individuals and companies are joining forces to sponsor Onstage Tonight and in so doing are donating their time, energy and services to help create not only this new Sydney industry event but also raise money for the ABF. We sincerely thank Dale Burridge and David Malek, directors of SMA Productions, one of Australia's leading entertainment companies, as SMA have generously offered the talents of their extraordinary artists and world-renowned shows in proud support of the ABF.


Premier Show

Live entertainment from star singers from The Boys In The Band direct from their international HIT SHOW.

To preview the show click here.

The Boys in the Band


The first guest you’ll meet is American actor and Master Teacher Ted Brunetti as he lands in Australia for his tour and also prepares for his December Broadway opening in the musical, A Bronx Tale.

Ted Brunetti

USA Master Coach, Actor, Director


Meet the star of Here Come The Habibs!, No Activity, The Moodys, Chandon Pictures, Rake, Maximum Choppage, Wonderland, Janet King and countless more TV shows and feature films. Celebrating 25 years in the industry Darren is one of the hardest working and much loved actors in the country.

Darren Gilshenan

Actor Writer

LIVE FROM NEW YORK a very special appearance by Academy Award Nominated actor, Chazz Palminteri

Chazz Palminteri

Award Winning USA Actor Writer

One of the long line of prominent Italian/American actors in the film industry with over 50 major movies to his credits. We’ll discuss his illustrious career, especially his one man show that turned into the hit motion picture, A BRONX TALE, which Chazz wrote and starred in with Robert De Niro (De Niro’s film directorial debut). Both men are currently turning the film into a musical that opens this coming December on Broadway.

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Premier event: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016. Bar OPENS 7.45pm.
Showtime promptly at 8.30pm – 9.45pm. Dress: smart casual (or smarter!).
BOOK your front row seat NOW. Tickets only $25.
Click HERE to ensure you will be a part of Onstage Tonight!’s LIVE audience. All proceeds go to The Actor’s Benevolent Fund of New South Wales.


Head down to Sydney’s 'West End' theatre precinct. The ACA Theatre is located off the beautiful piazza in the Italian Forum, Leichhardt. Precinct cafes and bars are open pre and post all events in the piazza as well as the adjacent Norton Street. FREE two hour parking is available in The Forum Car Park. Just take the elevator to the GROUND FLOOR (piazza) and you’ll find the Onstage Tonight! theatre situated to the right of the stairs leading down from Norton Street.

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