The Byron Bay Film and Television School (BBFATS) for Actors & Directors is a training centre run to deliver quality Screen Acting, Directing & Writing education, and now is holding Acting as Personal Development workshops.

The school is run by Mark Piper, who has worked within the International entertainment industry as a drama director for over 30 years and helped numerous Actors & Directors begin their careers.

Beginning his career as an Actor in New Zealand, Mark went on to running Director Roger Donaldson’s (“The World’s Fastest Indian”) company Aardvark films, & then worked on such films such as “The Blue Lagoon” with Brooke Shields, “Tim” & “Attack Force Z” with Mel Gibson, and “My Brilliant Career” with Sam Neil and Judy Davis. More recently he directed internationally acclaimed actors Chris Hemsworth, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Isabel Lucas, Kylie Minogue, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Baker, Isla Fisher, to name a few. Mark has directed over 400 hours of drama nationally and internationally.

The philosophy and influences of the school is focused on Character development and Script Analysis, using imagination & emotional memory : introducing Stanislavsky, Meisner, Practical Aesthetics and Stella Adler techniques, and modern teachers methods such as Larry Moss and Ivana Chubbuck, with Theatre & Performance studies. Music and Voice, and the business of being an Actor are an important part of this course.

Max 12 Students per class.

Sundays – Foundation


10 Week course includes Voice, singing and Theatre, Intro to Stella Adler, Stanford Meisner training, Guests have included Peter Andrikidis, Anthony Wong with Ivana Chubbuck technique (2 day workshops), Writing & Script education, and Shooting Scenes and Monologues with Director in Residence, Acting CV, Head shots, Footage.

Start date: BYRON BAY: Commences Sunday 7th August, 2016 – SYDNEY: Commences TBA

Intended audience: Aspiring Actors 18+

Delivery: Module  – 10 Weeks , 80 hours

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