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 recall/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

This Foundation Course is designed to give the actor specialised training in 10 week blocks.

The weekly Sunday classes focus on Voice, Theatre, Meisner, Stella Adler technique, Writing education and of course shooting scenes. You must also prepare at least one Shakespearean/Contemporary monologue over the weeks. You will be also proactive in preparing your profile. The course will end with a 2 day Masterclass. Previous guests have included Peter Andrikidis – Director, Anthony Wong – Ivana Chubbuck. Regular guests (Byron) include Adrian Williams-Brett Voice – Theatre, Paul Booth – Stella Adler, Dean Mayer – Sanford Meisner and Charlie de Salis – Writing Education
Start date: Commences QUEENSLAND: Commences Saturday 22nd October 2016 – BYRON BAY: Commences Sunday 23rd October, 2016 – SYDNEY: Commences Sundays January 2017

Intended audience: Aspiring Actors 16+

Delivery: Module  – 10 Weeks , 80 hours

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