Peter Feeney

Peter Feeney is one of New Zealand's most talented and respected actors. Excellent after dinner speaker and MC

Peter has been a professional actor, director, writer, journalist and acting tutor for over 20 years, working extensively in television, film and theatre, for US, UK, NZ and Australian markets. Prior to that he was a graduate student at the Soviet Centre, University of Melbourne. He studied Russian and then lived in Moscow for a year, travelling throughout Russia, the Baltic States and Eastern Europe.

Acting credits for film include prominent roles in the NZ feature film Toy Love (dir. Harry Sinclair), the internationally acclaimed short The Platform (for which he was a Nominee for Best Actor at the 2003 NZ Film Awards), Jonathan King’s debut feature film Black Sheep (2007) and the US Feature 30 Days of Night (2008). More recent credits include roles in This is Not my Life (NZ TV 2010), Spartacus (the Prequel, 3 ep.s), Siege (NZ Tele-movie 2011) as well as roles in the NZ television comedies Agent Anna and Auckland Daze, the lead in Neil Simon’s play The Last of the Red Hot lovers, and other ongoing guest roles in NZ TV and Film.

Peter directed, produced and played the title role in the acclaimed play Milo s Wake, which toured NZ in 2005/06. In 2007, he wrote, produced and acted in the one man theatre show A Night with Beau Tyler, a spin off from the popular Memphis Meltdown TVC series Feeney starred in. The show toured throughout NZ to rave reviews in 2008-09. Co-directing with Dr Joel Porter, Peter recently produced a series of DVD’s and doco’s highlighting the latest techniques in addiction treatment. In 2014 three TV shows of Peter’s were optioned: two by Greenstone Pictures – Beau Tyler, a satire based on Peter’s one man show – and Frankie Goes to Daycare, a documentary series; as well as Mining Afghanistan, optioned up by Icon Films UK. In 2015 Peter will be directing and acting in Ian Meadow’s hard-hitting play about climate change, ‘Between Two Waves,’ at the prestigious Herald Theatre.

Since 2001 Peter has taught acting to actors in Australia and New Zealand. He’s taught for the NZ Drama School Toi Whakaari as well the Actors Program in Auckland. He runs regular evening classes at the Auckland Actors Lab Studio.

Peter is also a writer and author. His novel, ‘Blind Bitter Happiness’, was published by Harper Collins, and he is working on a (very different) second book. He is a freelance feature writer for North & South magazine and the Sunday Star Times, as well as a travel writer for the NZ Herald and Herald on Sunday. He’s also written several feature film scripts, including the screen adaptation of Milo’s Wake, which was accepted into the 2011 NZ Film Commission’s first writer’s workshop. He has also worked as a casting director for television on several occasions. In 2015 he will be casting the children’s drama ‘Cul de Sac’ for Greenstone Pictures.

Peter has a Bachelor of Arts, 1st Class Honors, in Politics and History from the University of Melbourne, and a Dip. Drama from the University of Auckland.

Testimonials & Reviews

Peter as an actor
Actor-director Peter Feeney is charismatic as Milo.
NZ Herald 2005
A wonderfully layered performance by Peter Feeney.
NZ Listener 2006
Feeney turns in a magnificent performance.
Otago Daily Times 2006
Peter Feeney’s finely judged performance as the klutzy protagonist elicits considerable sympathy… his encounters provide an instructive journey of self-discovery.
NZ Herald 2012

Peter’s novel Blind Bitter Happiness, Harper Collins
A triumphant debut. It is hilarious from the outset: Blind Bitter Happiness became known as the “giggle book” in my household within a matter of two pages.
NZ Listener
One of the funniest books I have read in years.
Evening Post
He’s turned his childhood into an amazingly funny novel – one that will appeal to members of his own generation, as well of those of us who grew up in the fifties and sixties, or even earlier.
Evening Standard
You don’t get any better or funnier than this delightful tale … one of this year’s most hilarious novels. I can’t wait for a sequel.
Sunday News

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