Santa Barbara Acting Classes and Coach


Due to unforeseen but necessary medical procedures, Peter has had to suspend all classes until the fall. The announcement of the fall class line-up will be made on July 1st. Thank you for understanding.

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Only the imaginative, risk-taking, transformational actor can inhabit new emotional, physical and vocal territory.  To achieve these goals, students are encouraged to approach their work boldly and with a spirited sense of play. They are trained to be in the habit of experimenting and working without fear. Only by taking risks can an actor fully create and inhabit a character.

Peter has directed 160 productions in the New York and regional theatre, produced 150 hours of network television, was Head of Drama at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, and has been on the conservatory faculty at Carnegie, The Juilliard School, Harvard and Boston Universities.

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Julianne Moore The Frisch Approach Los Angeles Santa Barbara


"Peter is responsible for creating the kind of actor I am today. He taught me how to truly take risks in my work, invest authentically in my characters, and expect nothing but professionalism.

The method that Peter taught is still one that I use today - he gave me the tools to access, emotionally and intellectually, very dense material. He allowed me to see that there is always a way that is deeper and truer than you first imagine."

-Julianne Moore
Academy Award Winner 2015

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