The Actors Lab Studio
Ongoing Acting Technique Sessions
With Peter Feeney
New classes begin every four weeks
Next term 5 Mondays 21 July to 18 August
The Actors Lab Studio
This is a regular, weekly, affordable, high challenge workshop for professional actors, based in the wonderful historic Campbell’s Free Kindergarten in Victoria Park. There are two groups running Monday and Wednesday nights.
This is not a progressional course. You can join us for as many terms as you wish. The tools I employ are uncontroversial, used internationally, and draw from many different schools, as well as my own professional experience. Content and approaches vary term by term as we explore different aspects of technique. Choice of focus depends on the wishes of the group and the needs of each individual. Focus will be on screen work - though not exclusively. You will often be emailed ‘takes’ of the work you do – in itself a great learning tool. Over time you will learn and re-visit techniques that you can apply reliably to work on your own. In essence I provide a space, some structure, guidance in the form of occasional technique sessions and regular hand-outs, a supportive yet challenging environment, with stimulating warm ups and lots of exercises, both group and individual, a high expectation, and advice. The rest is up to you.
The Actors Lab Studio is a space where actors can keep acting fit, build a more reliable and more imaginative approach to their craft, and a deeper understanding of what works for them.
THE FINE PRINT
Dates & Times
5 Mondays from 21 July – 21, 28 July; 4, 11 & 18 August. 6.00-9.00pm (though sometimes we may go slightly later). Three weeks off then we start again!
The old Campbell Free Kindergarten building, 203 Victoria St. West (opposite The Birdcage at the bottom of Franklin Rd.)
The sessions get cheaper the more terms you do. It’s $250 for term 1/ first time actors; $225 term 2/ returning actors to Actors Lab; and then reduces $25 each term until it is $150 & remains so for all subsequent terms.
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Peter does private acting and career coaching as well as film/TV tests for actors.
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KEY FEATURES OF THE ACTORS LAB STUDIO
Over time explore a wide variety of techniques you can apply in your work.
Participants will: work every session; get links to filmed work; get suggestions for prep; be coached in specific techniques; work 1-1 with Peter; receive detailed feedback on their performances; work on 3-4 scenes/ monologues per term.
Group exercises – physical and vocal - warm ups and intimacy exercises in pairs.
Participants supported with hand-outs, technique sheets & regular blogs.
Each term we’ll cover aspects of Audition, Self-testing, or monologue work.
Participants receive a credit for one session per term for any reason of absence, until such time as they are paying the lowest $150 fee.
All class limited to 14 persons max.
ABOUT PETER FEENEY
Peter has been a professional actor for 20 years and has extensive credits in UK, US, NZ and Australian television & film. Highlights include the Harry Sinclair directed film Toy Love (NZ), Cold Feet (UK); You Wish and Spartacus (US); a lead role in Jonathan King’s debut 2007 film Black Sheep (NZ) and working alongside Josh Hartnet in the 2008 US Feature 30 Days of Night. Recent roles include playing real life AOS officer Paul Symonds in the telemovie Siege, as well as the comedies Agent Anna and Auckland Daze.
Peter directed and played the title role in the play Milo’s Wake, which played to full houses in Auckland over two seasons and toured nationally to similar success, and great critical acclaim, in 2005-2006. In 2007-09 Peter wrote, produced and acted in over 70 performances throughout NZ of his one man show A Night with Beau Tyler. In 2013 Peter formed Tinderbox Productions to produce his passion film project. He has two optioned TV series currently optioned – one in the UK, and another in NZ – and has several other ventures in development.
Alongside his activities in the Entertainment Industry Peter travels extensively: to Asia, the Middle East, the US, UK, Ireland and Europe. His adventures are chronicled in his travel blog and ongoing writing for magazines and newspapers (North & South, The Listener, the Herald on Sunday & the NZ Herald) and can be found on his website www.tinderboxproductions.co.nz
As well as travel writing Peter has also completed several screenplays and treatments. His first novel, ‘Blind Bitter Happiness’, was published by Harper Collins to enthusiastic reviews. The book was serialized in Metro Magazine and produced as a radio play by National Radio. His first draft of Milo’s Wake was accepted into the 2011 NZ Film Commission’s first writer’s workshop.
Peter coaches established and rising actors and at different times has worked as a presenter trainer at TVNZ and a casting director.
Peter has a BA (1st Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne in Politics and History, and a Diploma of Drama from Auckland University. In 2003 he was a nominee at the NZ Film Awards for the internationally acclaimed short The Platform.