Actors Lab Studio


My new Studio is now up and running! Set in a leafy valley close to Castor Bay beach, this is the perfect haven for myself and my clients to lay down self tests, do camera coaching and work through scripts, either live or via Skype. If I’m not acting or teaching this is where you’ll find me, working on scripts or writing my acting book. Hurrah!


Wellington Workshop 14/ 15 July!

14/ 15 July Peter will be running a workshop in Wellington at Rata Studio on self-testing and audition. Numbers are ...
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Term 2 ALS Auckland starts 29 April!

This term we're working on Self testing and auditions, building on our screen work term. We’ll have 4 invited industry ...
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Term 1 ALS evening classes start 11/12 February

This term Peter Feeney will explore Screen Acting, as well as looking at the elements that go to make us ...
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Weekend Workshop in Oamaru 9 & 10 December

On 9 and 10 December I'm proud to be presenting a weekend Youth workshop in Screen Acting in Oamaru. Made ...
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Term 4 Final term for 2017 starts soon!

Enrolments are open and places remain in the Sunday and Monday night classes with Peter Feeney at his Auckland Actors ...
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Wellington Weekend Workshop – 12/13 August!

Character, imagination & making it real: Achieving deeper self-belief and believability in our performances with Peter Feeney  Our emphasis this ...
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Term 3 Auckland ALS Starts soon!

Auckland Evening Class Program Term Three enrolments now open Sunday’s start 16 July; Monday’s start 17 July I feel like I've ...
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That tricky darn emotion!

It’s true that often-times we feel the obligation to emote very strongly – and we must rise to the occasion ...
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To read or not to read in Audition

When US casting director Tom McSweeney first visited our fair Australasian shores, he was amazed that actors were expected to ...
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Interview with Michael Galvin

This is NUTS. An interview I did for QuoteUnquote magazine with Michael Galvin, Dr Chris Warner on Shortland Street, in ...
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I so appreciated working with you. You bring a fantastic combination of experience, optimism, hard work and pragmatism to what you do, and you’re so very good with your students/ fellow actors. Thank you!
Vincent Ward, Director

The Actors Lab Studio is where you’ll learn not only the techniques you need to act, but be launched into a lifetime of taking responsibility for your own artistic development, and understand the qualities required to sustain a career in the profession. This regular, weekly, affordable, high challenge workshop for actors has now been running in the wonderful historic Campbell’s Free Kindergarten in Victoria Park for three years, but I’ve been teaching now for fifteen. I don’t teach any particular school or discipline of acting, I teach what works, teaching participants how to bring talent, imagination, personal experience and research to a role.

Peter Feeney Actor Workshops & Coaching

Under the name of Actors Lab  Peter Feeney’s workshops and private coaching support actors to make their way from initial steps to a professional career, and keep them acting fit along the way. Our regular venue is the wonderful old Campbell’s Free Kindergarten. The Actors Lab studio has had three great years since we started in 2014.

  • Fees get cheaper each term. Returning Actor Discounts Apply
  • Small group sizes
  • Different themes/ challenges each term allow you to build a comprehensive technique over the year

Interested in any upcoming workshops or clinics? Send your headshot & CV (or Agent’s listing) to or fill in our CONTACT FORM



To read my latest article on coaching (‘Acting Coaches – are they really necessary?’) from the latest Actors Equity Magazine issue CLICK HERE


Peter is now coaching on set and being asked to assess scripts and consult on start up web, TV and film projects, and advise on career. Peter is happy to discuss projects with current students casually and more in depth consultations/ reads are also available.


Here’s how it works

  • Any time by appointment
  • Work on your own scene or one Peter provides
  • Work on auditions or work in progress
  • Work for an hour on the scene with a scene partner, or just with Peter
  • The footage is uploaded onto a private youtube link for you to view
  • Handouts, recommended reading and tip sheets
  • $70 for 45 minutes contact time; includes prep notes, camera, link to filmed work, technique hand-outs and emailed feedback.


  • Do better auditions
  • No big classes and long wait times
  • Add understanding and deeper dimensions to your film acting
  • Peer partnering – always work with someone of similar ability
  • Set your own pace – come as much or as little as you can afford
  • Do tests for overseas work

Sessions in Milford in the North Shore or I can visit you.

With Camera
Discounts for returning actors


Peter is a gifted teacher and industry professional. I trust him implicitly with our actors for all areas of developing and maintaining their craft. He is extremely accessible, sensitive and caring.
Kathryn Rawlings (Kathryn Rawlings & Associates)

Peter Feeney!!! He was instrumental into getting two of my sons into film. Josh and William McKenzie in the ‘Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell,’ a NZ Film. He workshopped them. He really was my God Send.
Angela Vaughan

Peter is a very gifted young actor who will always be genuinely interested in exploring his work and finding new approaches to it, and opening this out to his fellow actors.
Cicely Berry, OBE, Voice Director, Royal Shakespeare Company.

Returning to acting after a break for many years I found Peter’s workshops to be invaluable. Working closely with Peter in a pair-based environment also helped me to both refine my skills and gain confidence. I would wholeheartedly recommend Peter’s courses to any actor who wishes to further their craft in a safe, fun and yet challenging environment.
Elizabeth Marvelly, Singer, Actor

I can thoroughly recommend Peter as a marvellous proponent of the principles and Techniques he has encountered and uses himself in his acting processes. He is a gifted man with much to contribute to his profession.
Dean Carey, Director, Actors Centre Australia

You are a wonderfully insightful and optimistic actor, and this allows you to draw the very best work out of everyone. But what is unique about this course is that you aim and succeed in giving everyone involved the skills to be this for themselves. And – above all, the classes were FUN and challenging and filled with great people! Thanks!
Lotte St. Clair, Bell Shakespeare Company Actor & Sydney Participant

Peter is an excellent teacher, he has an intuition of knowing what to say and how much to say to get the best out of a performer. Also Peter’s history and skill as an actor himself provides a great range of knowledge and experience which he shares generously. I highly recommend Peter and his courses to any actor.
Chad Moffit, Wellington Participant (2013)

Peter brings a fresh vision to his work coupled with professional wisdom and his inimitable energy.
Miranda Harcourt, Actor, Coach, Ex-Head of Acting, NZ Drama School

Peter your passion for your craft and your desire to engage with audiences of all ages was inspiring.
Hilary Beaton, ex-CEO, Downstage Theatre

Peter provides an inspiring and pragmatic approach to auditions, and really helps you to take risks and give the best and boldest work you can, striving for the absolute truth in every character!
Ryan Dulieu

I found this course really valuable. You had no ego about teaching us – which meant I never felt you were imposing your own views on us, rather you let us discover things ourselves but also shared your wisdom and experience freely. Awesome!
Hannah Banks, Auckland Participant