Actors Lab Studio

The Actors Lab Studio now has it’s own website!

Check us out at

There’s been some big changes: in 2019 we relaunched as a one stop acting school with our sole focus on getting our actors into screen work. For the first time we’ve adding a dedicated Teen class. And we have a LOT more guest tutors – most of them actors at the top of their game.

Term 4 Auckland ALS Classes Commence 31 October

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That tricky darn emotion!

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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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In December I went to Bali for five days to act in a TVC for a campaign. It was ...
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Acting Coaches: who needs them anyway?!

Last week I was asked by Phil Darkins of NZ Equity to do a Q&A with Jennifer Ward-Leyland, Britta McVeigh ...
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"The reason I keep making movies is I hate the last thing I did. I’m trying to rectify my wrongs" ...
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Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles: Six days in spin city

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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

Actors Lab began twenty years ago in Sydney when Peter Feeney began running scene groups; a place where actors could work out with their peers and keep acting fit. Since then Peter has taught in Brisbane, Toi Whakaari, The Actors Program, and in his own Studio in Auckland. Over that time, which has run parallel with Peter’s own professional career, Actors Lab has evolved in to its present form: a safe fun space where Peter and guest tutors, actors and directors at the top of their game, share their practical and hard-won wisdom.

For more information about what we offer please visit us at



To read my 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
  • $80 per contact hour – 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 Castor Bay 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