Welcome to the website of Peter Feeney, actor, writer, teacher, and director

Welcome to the website of Peter Feeney, actor, writer, teacher, and director.

An NZ Pakeha of Irish heritage, Peter Feeney has been a professional actor since 1994, working in UK, US, Australian and NZ Theatre, TV & Film. He runs his own Auckland Screen Acting school, the Actors Lab Studio, and is a guest teacher at Drama schools and for organisations such as MEAA, NZ Equity and SDGNZ. Peter is also a published author and has written numerous articles and several screenplays and books. His handbook on acting, ‘Acting and How to Survive it,’ was published in 2020 to great acclaim.

Peter’s first novel, ‘Blind Bitter Happiness,’ was published by Harper Collins. Since 2020 Peter has written, produced, directed and acted in a limited TV series based on ‘Blind Bitter Happiness,’ now screening on RNZ (www.rnz.co.nz/bbh). In 2005 and 2006 Peter directed and played the title role in the Auckland Seasons and national NZ tour of Michael and Margery Forde’s stage play, ‘Milo’s Wake.’ He is now adapting the play as a TV series.

Peter has performed at the Fortune, Court & Circa theatres in New Zealand, and The QTC in Australia; as well as numerous independent theatre productions. His acclaimed one man show A Night with Beau Tyler toured in 2008 & 2009 to 25 theatres, Festivals and venues around New Zealand. He has worked or trained at different times with Cicely Berry (Royal Shakespeare Company), Bob Benedetti (US Emmy Award winning Television producer and Broadway Theatre Director), Rob Marchand and Dean Carey. Notable credits over a long career include the Kiwi zombie hit Black Sheep; Australian mini-series A Difficult Woman, UK TV Dark Knight and Cold Feet, numerous US TV & tele-features, including Spartacus, 30 Days of Night and Ash versus Evil Dead, as well as playing the iconic Rose Noelle skipper John Glennie alongside Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) in Abandoned (winner of best tele-feature at the 2017 NZ Film Awards).

Peter has a 1st Class Honours degree in Politics & History from the University of Melbourne (1991) and a Diploma in Drama from the University of Auckland (1993). He was Nominee for Best Actor in the 2003 NZ Film Awards for his role in the film The Platform.

He is represented in NZ by Kathryn Rawlings & Associates and in Australia by Lisa Mann Creative Management.