Acting for TV and Film-Playing the Villain

Wednesdays: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
10 June - 15 July (6 weeks)

Since graduating from a drama degree from Queen’s University Belfast, Shaun has worked as a professional actor in Ireland and the UK for eleven years in a career spanning theatre, film, television and radio. Shaun is a deviser and collaborator in front of and behind camera. In 2015 he co-created crime-drama series Farr, with writer/director Aidan Largey, which premiered on the international RTE player. To date Farr has won five international awards from major web-pilot festivals in Europe and America, including Best Drama at Series fest Colorado and ITV fest Denvir, and two Best Actor awards for Shaun’s performance of the character Michael Gallagher. Farr is currently in development for a major series release. Shaun is a writer and director. His short film Trespasses was awarded funding from Northern Ireland Screen and later premiered at the Belfast film festival.Television credits include Farr (RTE), Game of Thrones (HBO), The Frankenstein Chronicles (ITVencore), The Lodge (The Disney Channel), Betrayal of Trust (BBCNI) and Dani’s Castle (CBBC). Film credits include Halo:Nightfall (Scottfree), The Butchering (What’s Next films), Made in Belfast (KGB), The Monday Club (Stay Beautiful), One New Friend (Derry Playhouse), Empire State (Fortune and Glory), Two little boys (NI Screen), Waiting Game (What’s Next), Same Again (Fortune and Glory), and Time and Again (NI Screen). Most recently he has been performing the UK premiere of Ana Nogueira’s Empathitrax at the Karamel Club, London and performing the lead role in Tinderbox theatre company’s The Man who fell to Pieces in The MAC, Belfast.
Online via Zoom Platform

Six week course  Click HERE to see our brochure.

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People love a good badie. Film and television throughout the years is brimming with incredible villainous performances from amazing actors. From Hanibal Lecter to Thanos, a good villain makes a movie worth re-watching. They challenge the hero, create the drama and say all the best lines. It’s no surprise that 2 different Jokers have taken home Oscar gold!

In this terms screen acting class we will be looking at classic villains from movies and television, and performing their best scenes online and with taped exercises for homework. We’ll investigate what makes these characters great, looking at character motivation and on-screen performance techniques and set up to create our own versions of these iconic scenes from home. First and foremost this class is about enjoyment and freeing you as an actor so you can climb into the shoes of some of cinema and televisions most iconic villains!

There are many disciplines in the world of acting. Among the most challenging and yet rewarding is that of acting on screen. Acting in front of a lens, is a polar shift from treading the boards. The intensity and pressure to perform can feel overwhelming.


“The quality of your acting is dependent on the strength of your listening.” (Alan Rickman).


What You Will Need:

  • A bit of bravery and a willingness to get involved and have some fun
  • A Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone with recording abilities
  • Zoom app or download.
  • Whatsapp or Facebook to receive at home assignments
  • A blank wall behind you and if possible a quiet area to work within your own house

This Course will take place via Zoom on Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm, 10th June – 15th July. ALL profits from this course will go towards Saving the Anna Fiorentini Kids Charity Theatre School.