Tony Knight was educated at Sydney Grammar School, trained at the Drama Centre London, and is a B.A. (Hons.) grad from Sydney University. He was the Head of Acting at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), training some of Australia’s most celebrated national and international actors, such as Cate Blanchett, Sam Worthington, Sarah Snookl, and Anna Torv. Tony has taught, directed and lectured in many parts of the world, including Australia, the USA, Japan, Romania, Singapore and Tonga. He has spoken at numerous international and national conferences. In January 2018 he delivered three public lectures at the Australian National Portrait Gallery on ‘The Identity of the Australian Actor’, and ‘The Australian Actor in Film’.
Currently living in Port Willunga, South Australia, Tony is continuing to teach, direct and produce work of the highest standard, as well as regularly writing theatre reviews for the national Australian theatre magazine, Stage Whispers. He has worked for SA Casting, Angela Heesom Casting, and TAFE CPA, the NIDA Open Program, University of South Australia, and the University of Adelaide, as well as working as a ‘Guest Teacher’ at various High Schools, including Pembroke College and Cornerstone College (Mt. Barker).
In 2018 co-founded a new professional theatre company, STARC PRODUCTIONS. He has co-produced and directed several productions for STARC, including Gardner MacKay’s TOYER, Jim Cartwright’s TWO, Terrence McNally’s FRANKIE & JOHNNIE IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE, and the Australian premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play REASONABLE DOUBT. In 2021 Tony has directed David Ives’ VENUS IN FUR, which was met with great critical acclaim. STARC has been nominated for Best Ensemble in the annual Adelaide Critics Circle Awards.
Furthermore, Tony has held three highly successful photographic exhibitions for the SALA Festival in Adelaide, in 2028, 2019, and 2021. Tony’s motto for his theatre and photographic work is – Making the Ordinary ‘Extraordinary’!