Foundation Acting Course


Do you want to be an Actor, rather than someone who simply ‘does acting’?

  • Are you ready to stop dreaming and start taking action to make it happen?

If you are ready to set yourself up with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to take action to turn your dreams into reality, then this Foundation Course is for you.

Every Sunday in an intimate and supportive environment of other like-minded people, you will learn the essential elements of being an Actor from some of the industry’s most accomplished and inspiring teachers and experts.

The Foundation Course covers:

  • The techniques and methods of the greatest and most influential acting teachers of all time:
    • Stella Adler
    • Chekov
    • Steiner
    • Sanford Meisner
  • Taking the theory and putting it into practice, for stage and screen
  • Filming monologues and partner scenes to camera
  • Improvisation
  • Voice coaching
  • Scripts and writing
  • Marketing yourself as an Actor

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand and be able to use powerful acting techniques relied on by professional Actors
  • Know the steps to take when presented with a script and choices you can make so that you can give an incredible performance
  • Understand the importance of voice and know how to use it to improve performance
  • Be able to showcase your Actor’s profile (bio and headshot photos) and have it published and ready to attract work
  • Have footage that you may include in your Actor’s reel
  • Have a greater understanding of the industry and what to do to be a professional Actor
  • Have increased confidence and ability
  • Be part of a supportive community of fellow Actors


Read more about our excellent teachers here.

This course is not for you if:

  • You’re not ready to commit to putting in the work to become a better Actor
  • You don’t want to broaden your range, confidence and ability as an Actor by learning different techniques and practicing the craft
  • You prefer your comfort zone

What previous participants are saying:

“…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…

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


“This 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 nurturing 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 worthwhile 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

You can read other testimonials from course participants here.

Ready to commit?

APPLY NOW - places are limited. To apply contact Mark Piper: Phone: +61 (0) 414 888 884

Hours: 10am to 2 30pm (including 30 min lunchbreak)

Venue: Byron Bay Film and Television School (BBFATS)

Address: 18 Brigantine Street Arts & Industrial Estate Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia

Fee:- $100 per week.


Adrian Williams – Brett – Chekhov, Voice, Theatre

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.

Paul Booth - Stella Adler

Originally from Sydney Paul has been involved in theatre as an actor, director, acting and voice teacher for over 30 years. He has studied with Jone Winchester, Brian Syron, Stella Adler (NY) Yvgeny Lanskoy (NY) and Rowena Balos. Paul holds a Master of Creative Arts degree in Directing from the University of Wollongong. He has been a founding board member and director to a number of theatre companies and has operated his own Acting schools. He worked as head of Acting and Voice studies at David Atkins Dynamite School of Performing Arts in Sydney, the Head of Theatre studies at the Actors Workshop in Brisbane and the acting teacher at ACPA in Brisbane. He has directed and produced a number of theatre, cabaret and musical productions and worked as an assistant director and actor off Broadway in NY. Alongside his theatre work Paul owns and operates his corporate training company - Tailored Leadership Initiatives Pty Ltd.

Paul lives in the Byron Shire of NSW.

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 currently a Director and Facilitator at Public Act Theatre Company based at the Byron Theatre.

Charlie de Salis – Writer, Producer, Director

Originally from Hobart, Charlie completed an Arts Degree at the University of Tasmania before moving to Sydney, where he worked in film distribution for Roadshow Film Distributors, while also completing AFTRS Open Program courses in screenwriting, editing and scriptwriting. In 1989 he moved to Auckland and embarked on a career in the film and television production sector. His extensive screen credits as a producer, director and writer include commercials, short films, television drama, documentaries, and high-end corporate production.

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.

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