It’s rare to find a person so dedicated to extracting the best out of a performance or the artist. I had the pleasure of working with Peter in two self-tests, both very last minute and time stressed. Through workshopping and direction we explored together to come up with two tests that I walked away proud of; which to me is the aim of the game. Knowing you’ve put your best foot forward and your hat in the ring for a part is the beginning and the end of our work sometimes. If you can say you’ve done that, you’ve done your work.
Oh, and I got the job. Maybe both…
Casting Director LA
Peter’s classes are at the heart of every audition I run. The combination of casting knowledge and acting technique he injects into each lesson is what has given me the edge in LA and keeps me competitive in the industry. Every actor I bring in, whether, for commercial, theatre, film or television, is given direction and cast from the foundation of Peter’s techniques.
Actor and Coach
Peter Rasmussen brings his years as a casting director and actor to his coaching with an eclectic mix of wisdom, humor and insight. He is a gentle yet honest coach with great compassion. I highly recommend the professional as well as the beginner to work with this man!
Thank you so much for the fantastic casting day you held for QLD Equity members on Friday.
I didn’t realise that you were such a great acting teacher – as well as a terrific casting director. The actors got so much out of the workshop… these days are just so valuable. Thank you so much and I hope we can do more…
– Alexandra Jones, Program Manager, Equity Foundation
Howard Fine Melbourne
Peter Rasmussen has the experience and intelligence to expertly guide and improve anyone as an actor and the heart and warmth to make the experience enjoyable.
As someone who enjoyed a career as an actor – Peter really makes you feel like ‘one of us’ is behind the camera. His desire to see you succeed is self-evident.
As Peter comes from the dual position of Actor and Casting Director he is able to be both critical in his analysis of an actors work and then has the knowledge and capability to correct errors and contribute greatly to that actor’s growth.
Apart from that, he’s a thoroughly nice guy.
I love working with Peter. His success in the industry and as a Casting Director intimidated me before starting classes, however all my insecurities flew out the door within minutes of the first class. His passion and enthusiasm for creativity is infectious and he takes such joy in watching his actors flourish. Peter’s approach to teaching is thorough and efficient and his class is a safe space to learn, develop your skills and have fun. I cannot recommend Peter’s classes enough.
I came to Pete to practice further acting techniques as I had only just begun working out the world of acting. I walked into an incredibly inviting, encouraging and professional environment full of supportive actors who embraced each lesson’s exercises with zeal. From his classes, I learned more about myself, the acting craft and practical problem-solving tools that I continue to employ in my work. The term on Hagen, in particular, transformed my perspective on the significance of the other actor/character in performance and fed my later work at WAAPA. Pete’s classes feed and fuel the hunger to learn more about techniques that can be applied to my acting work and future training.
Actor and Writer
I’d been recommended Peter’s classes by numerous actor friends and was looking for something that would help me prepare for my role in a web series for SBS. I loved learning the fundamentals of Uta Hagen’s techniques and as an actor, I became much more aware of what creates a truthful and interesting scene. Peter is an incredibly warm and attentive teacher who takes time with each individual actor, pushing them in constructive ways towards making new discoveries about themselves as performers as well as the work they’re dissecting.
Actor and Musical Theatre Performer
I would 100% recommend Peter to fellow actors – he creates a very comfortable and safe space to work in, which is important when you are trying new things and being vulnerable. I am very grateful to his class for teaching me so much.
I toured with Opera Australia’s production of My Fair Lady, directed by Dame Julie Andrews, as an ensemble member and Eliza Doolittle understudy. I played Wendy Hogan, on the Channel 7 biopic Hoges, working alongside amazing Australia talent like Josh Lawson, Justine Clarke and Ryan Corr. I have also had the chance to star in a national television commercial for Gold Lotto.
None of these opportunities would have been possible had I not had the chance to hone my acting technique with Peter.