The Meisner Technique is a highly regarded training system for actors that combines truthful emotional responses with enhanced imagination techniques to produce performances that are emotionally authentic. Widely considered the technique that modernised acting the west, this approach has become especially popular due to its effectiveness for on-screen acting.


Stanislavski's system is a systematic approach to training actors that the Russian theatre practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski developed in the first half of the 20th century.[2] Stanislavski was the first in the West to propose that actor training should involve something more than merely physical and vocal training.[3] His system cultivates what he calls the "art of experiencing" (with which he contrasts the "art of representation").[4] It mobilises the actor's conscious thought and will in order to activate other, less-controllable psychological processes—such as emotional experience and subconscious behaviour—sympathetically and indirectly.[5] In rehearsal, the actor searches for inner motives to justify action and the definition of what the character seeks to achieve at any given moment (a "task").[6]


  • 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 Saturday, for 30 weeks (3 x 10 Week Blocks), 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:
    • Stanislavski
    • Sanford Meisner
    • Stella Adler
    • Chekov
  • 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 30 weeks, 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

Commences: Saturdays November 9th 2019

Hours: 10am to 1pm

Venue: Byron Bay Film and Television School (BBFATS)

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

Fee:- $75 per class


Rob Horton - Meisner/Stanislavski

 Rob Horton

Rob graduated from university with an honours degree in Performing Arts. He formed his own theatre company, Raa Theatre, in the 1990s and, during this period, was his work with well-known British actress Frances De La Tour(The Cherry Orchard), his international work in Romania with Gavril Cadariu(Drakula) and the inspiring Stanislavski-based She Devil, directed by the International Theatre Director, Mikhail Mokeev (a direct student of Stanislavski), of the Moscow Art Theatre. It was also during this time that Rob was mentored in Stanislavski’s methods by Mokheev. Rob has also trained extensively in Meisner Technique. Rob’s film credits include Mental, Break the Rock, Home of Strangers, The Hunters Club, The Dossier Case, Where’s Wallace, as well as the TV series Schadenfreude and numerous television commercials and stage roles.

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.