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Actors' Studio

The goal of Actors’ Studio is not only to develop your acting ability but also prepare and educate you on everything it takes make it in the industry. With our directors having had vast experience in the industry coupled with their obvious passion for acting and performance, they make excellent teachers and role models to learn from.

Tony Knight

Tony Knight was educated at Sydney Grammar School and trained at the Drama Centre London, which includes in its alumni Colin Firth, Frances de la Tour, Paul Bettany, Penelope Wilton, Michael Fassbinder and Tom Hardy. Tony has considerable knowledge, experience and expertise as a professional acting teacher and director.

Tony has been the Program Leader for the Musical Theatre (B.A. Hons.) course at the LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore, developing and implementing a new curriculum. He was the Head of Acting at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), training some of Australia’s most celebrated national and international actors, such as Cate Blanchett, Sam Worthington, Alex O’Loughlin and Miranda Otto.


Tony has taught, directed and lectured in many parts of the world, including Australia, the USA, Japan, Romania, Singapore and Tonga. He has spoken at numerous international and national conferences, including the annual ITI-Drama Schools Conference in Romania, and at the Musical Theatre Educators Conference, in Perth 2015, which included delivering a paper re current research – What’s Hidden Underneath: Secrets & Sex –The Pajama Game and American Drama n the early 1950s, the Age of McCarthyism, HUAC, and The Kinsey Report. Tony has a passionate interest in all the performing arts, and dedicated to improving the training of young actors. He is now freelancing and completing his PhD on Richard Burbage: Shakespeare’s Actor & the Art of ‘Personation’. Now resident in Adelaide, South Australia, he has teaching for many acting schools and directing and producing, many professional productions.

Peta Shannon

Peta Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama and holds an Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama Teaching. She has taught every age group for over 20 years at Mercedes College, Scotch College, Actors Ink, Unley High School and Clapham Primary School. She is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board and an adjudicator. As an adjudicator, she has adjudicated for Speech and Drama Eisteddfods in the Gold Coast, Mt Gambier, Orange and Balaklava.

Peta is a member of Screen Producers Association (SPA) and Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance (MEAA). Peta has been a Producer, Writer, Actor, Dancer and Singer for over 20 years. Peta has produced a Children’s TV Pilot – The Majestic Garden and numerous corporate videos for various clients such as SCL Schumann, Grandeur Wellington, Pura Tap, Barkuma, Oknalux, Allstate Pest Control, The National Agriculture and Related Industries Day and many more.

Her stage credits for major roles in various companies include; Salome in Salome, Nora in A Doll’s House, Wuthering Heights, Peggy – 42nd Street, Strangers on a Train, Play it Again Sam, Hope – Anything Goes, Amelia – Vanity Fair, All About My Mother, Elizabeth Bennett – Pride and Prejudice, Liz – Chicago and Solange in The Maids. Her screen credits include: Selling Gold, Here to Heaven, To Be King, No More Like My Father, Lullaby, 2:37, The Lady, The Majestic Garden, The Babadook, The Missing Years, August Watershed, I am What I am, Danger 5, Doomsdays, Raising the Bar, Dark Blue and Unknown Man.

Brett Archer

Brett has worked in TV, film and theatre since graduating from NIDA in 2000.

Television credits include series regular Dylan Russell on Home and Away, recurring role Constable Hennessey in “The Hunting”, and many other roles across popular shows including “All Saints”, “McLeods Daughters”, “Packed to the Rafters”, “Got Home Alive”, “Small Claims”, “Life Support” and “Changi”.

His most recent role is in feature film “The Unknown Man”, starring Joel Egerton and Sean Harris, to be released in 2022.
His film career has included roles in Dirty Deeds and The Longer Day of Happiness.

Theatre credits include State Theatre of SA’s A View from the Bridge and Noises Off, Ensemble Theatre of Sydney’s Spinning into Butter and many, many more. Brett spent 8 years in Los Angeles where he studied in Howard Fine’s Masterclass. He also studied to become a teacher of the Fine Technique with Howard himself.

Brett is based in Adelaide again for the first time in 20 years and is enjoying the vibrant arts scene
that it offers.