Byron Summer January 2018 Screen Acting Workshops

3 Day Teen Screen Acting Workshop 12 to 16 years

2 Teachers per day


Monday 8th until Wednesday 10th January 2018 @ $350


 Scenes sent out before workshop

Day 1 and 2

 10am Introduction, Induction with Mark Piper

 10 15am to 12 Noon – Adrian Williams Brett Voice, Scene work

 12pm to 12 45pm LUNCH

 12 45pm Mark Piper Headshots

 1pm to 3pm – Philippa Williams Improv, scene work

 Day 3

 Shoot scenes with Mark Piper

Pre-Requisites: None


Mark Piper presents a unique intensive  workshop, "An Actor Prepares" which is a rare opportunity to learn from award winning Producer and Director, Mark Piper.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Head shot
  • Shoot a scene
  • Setting up your acting profile
  • Voice, Improvisation
  • The audition and casting process
  • Receive realistic feedback and encouragement from a director’s perspective
  • An understanding of the facets of the process of making a film or television production.
  • Copy of your scene to hard drive

Develop the skills you need to be part of the creative team of a film or television production. As one of no more than 12 participants, you will play different characters in scenes, which we will film as you would on any film or television drama, and you will also have the opportunity to operate camera, boom and rotate through the various roles of a film and television set crew. Based on the feedback from participants from previous Mark Piper workshops you can expect to develop and boost your confidence as an actor or filmmaker, clarify your vision and become more determined and motivated to succeed in a highly competitive industry.

Complimentary footage: All students will have access to their scenes and can copy to hard drive or memory stick through out the course. Scenes are filmed using Canon 7D state of the art camera.


 Commences Sunday 7th January 2018 10am to 2 30pm

Byron Bay Film and Television School

This Foundation Course is designed to give the actor specialised training in 10 week blocks. This is an intense highly disciplined  every Sunday, 2 Teachers per day

We believe there are a few essential elements in your training to become an actor including theatre and writing education, Voice, Improv, techniques such as Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, and of course shooting scenes. You must also prepare at least one Shakespearean/Contemporary monologue over the weeks, shooting Scenes and Monologues with Director in Residence. You will be also proactive in preparing your profile.

Delivery: Part-Time course, in 10 week modules. Max 12 participants.

Venue: Byron Bay - Byron Bay Film & Television School 18 Brigantine Street Arts & Industrial Estate Byron Bay NSW 2481

Intended Audience: Serious Actors


Adrian Williams – Brett – Chekhov, Voice, Theatre, Steiner

Adrian is a voice and theatre specialist (Chekhov and Steiner methods) and will be tutoring students on individual monologues. Using movement, body-centres and ‘creative sound-work’, he will introduce an approach to text that brings gesture, dynamic and power to vocal delivery and characterisation.

Adrian trained at the Harkness Studio for Speech and Drama in Sydney before moving to the UK where he has spent the last 24 years working as an actor, director, writer, composer, musical director and acting teacher. He worked with theatre companies including the Rose Theatre Company, Portal Productions, Fairgame, Dionysia Theatre, Circle-X Arts and co-founded the award winning TaurusVoice Theatre Company. He toured widely in Europe and America with classical and contemporary productions.

He co-founded the Stroud Performing Arts Foundation Courses in the UK and ran two large community choirs. He was an original member of the Sydney gospel choir, ‘Café at the Gate of Salvation’ and in the UK sang with the award-winning ‘Naked Voices’ for two years.

He now lives in Byron Bay, where he has established ‘Theatre of Life’, a company running theatre-training and performance projects. Adrian is also a voice trainer at The Actors Workshop and A.C.P.A.

Philippa Williams - Improvisation

Philippa has a diploma from the London School of Speech and Drama and for fifteen years toured as an actress with Dionysia Theatre, The Rose Theatre Co, The Mask Studio, Portal Productions, CircleX Arts and Taurus Voice Theatre Company. She ran the Shroud Performing Arts Courses in Gloucestershire, England and also has taught, directed and worked as a therapist in a variety of other settings including schools, colleges, the Mental Health Sector, with teenagers with special needs, and within adult education. Philippa has a Diploma in Dance Movement and an Advanced Diploma in Psychophonetics Counseling. In Australia she has taught at Actors Workshop-Brisbane, BBFATS-Byron, Cape Byron and Shearwater Steiner schools, Warehouse Workshop as well as running other courses and community theatre productions. Philippa is a Director and Facilitator at Public Act Theatre Company based at the Byron Theatre.

Mark Piper - Director

Mark Piper is a highly accomplished and award-winning Director, and teaches and mentors Actors and Directors at workshops around Australia and at his school, Byron Bay Film & Television School. 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 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, and directing most of Australia’s favourite TV drama series, including Home and Away, Blue Heelers, Neighbours, All Saints, Water Rats and Always Greener. He has worked with internationally acclaimed actors Chris Hemsworth, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Isabel Lucas, Kylie Minogue, Julian McMahon, Simon Baker, Isla Fisher, to name a few.

Mark has also been a tutor at NIDA, Actors Centre, Bond University and other institutions. He judged the 2012 Logies & the 2011 to 2017 International Emmy Awards, was Board member for ASDACS & Screenworks & on the Selection Committee for Flickerfest International Film Festival.


“Mark Piper’s foundation course #1, has been an incredible experience so far! Starting this course I was a shy person, with little acting confidence. In such a supportive environment I have felt myself become more and more open, motivated and passionate about acting. Each teacher that has been introduced to the course has been truly amazing. Mark is caring and talented and always finds ways to make his students feel safe at BBFATS.

This experience has pushed me out of my comfort zone in many ways but continuing to challenge myself to open up has been the best decision I’ve ever made! I have met some incredibly talented people that have inspired me to continue following my dreams. I honestly recommend it to any aspiring actors in search of inspiration!” Lilli,

“Mark Piper’s module #1 foundation course is like taking a real step into the professional world of the arts industry. I feel as if I have grown so much not just as an actor but as a person, with the course providing a nuturing environment that has worked to boost my confidence, knowledge of the industry and multiple areas of my acting ability.

It has been wonderful to work with so many talented and different tutors who I have learnt so much from and who really want to see you succeed and get better.

It’s also been great to get some time behind a camera and Mark’s advice on resume construction has also been really beneficial.

All in all, it’s a really fun and amazing course and definitely worth while for any aspiring actors who want to take their skills further.” Jack,

“Mark, I have thoroughly enjoyed your Foundation Course. My desire to act was put on the back burner a LONG time ago, and this course has reignited a flame in me. What I have experienced in the past few months has surpassed all my expectations, taught me more than I knew was possible in this time, pushed me way out of my comfort zone, allowed me to meet some incredible people and have the privilege to learn from some of the most talented & experienced coaches in the Industry. Thank you for putting together such high calibre course that truly offers everything you need to set yourself on the right path as an actor.” Sarah


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