Feeney to give acting workshop

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by Greta Yeoman

New Zealand film actor Peter Feeney is bound for Geraldine this October to hold an intensive acting workshop there.

Feeney, who has appeared in films such as Black Sheep, Abandoned and 30 Days of Night, will host a one-day actors’ workshop at the Geraldine Academy of Performance and Arts on October 4, at the invitation of academy co-ordinator Jill Griffin-Roberts.

He has also made multiple appearances in television shows, including Wanted, Wentworth Prison, Dirty Laundry, Xena: Warrior Princess and Agent Anna

Ms Griffin-Roberts, who is a trained actress herself, said she still had plenty of industry connections and attended one of Feeney’s workshops last year as an observer – and then asked him to come to South Canterbury.

The one-day event, from 9am to 5.30pm, would involve selected actors pre-learning scripts to perform in the workshop, she said.

“He’s been doing this with the pros for years .. He’s got a huge amount of experience.”

Actors interested in taking part in the October workshop would need to send a CV and headshot to Ms Griffin-Roberts by September 20.

Feeney would then go through the profiles and select a maximum of 20 actors to take part in the class.

Applications are open to actors of all ages and abilities.

She hoped those with previous acting experience in local productions hosted by Aiden Theatre or the South Canterbury Drama League would apply.

“You get on to a different level of acting.”

To apply, email a CV and headshot to Ms Griffin-Roberts at academygeraldine@gmail.com by September 20.