Brave Studios main acting classes teacher is Mark Hennessy. He has worked extensively in film, TV and theatre as an actor and physical performer for many years. His work in Film and Television began when he starred in the children’s television series, The Henderson Kids and subsequently, City Homicide, Blue Heelers, Phoenix – ABC (AFI Winner), Police Rescue, Dead Calm, Metal Skin and The Big Steal. His theatre performances have included The Melbourne Festival Training Squad – (MIFA ’96), Cyrano De Bergerac for SYDNEY THEATRE CO. at the Wharf and Macbeth for THE OLD VAN at Theatreworks.
Mark lectured at the Victorian College of the Arts in Drama and Movement, directed The Fabulous Fops for Melbourne Festival and was assistant director to Rob Meldrum for the University of Ballarat 3rd year production of Julius Caesar. He also teaches Acting the Camera intensive courses at Brave Studios for adults.
He has written numerous short films and performance pieces and in 2002 he received a $5000 grant from the Australian Film Commission, under the New Screenwriters Scheme, for his 50-minute mini-feature The Field of Honour. His film ‘The Tip’, was short-listed for Production Funding by the AFC and most recently, his short film – PRESS – was selected for screening at this year’s St. Kilda Film Festival and is ‘in consideration’ for the Los Angeles Film Festival. Additionally, Mark has worked as a stunt performer/choreographer for over twenty-five years on such productions as Stealth, Anaconda’s, Darkness Falls, Superman Returns and The Fast Lane. Mark is currently editing his new film due to be finished soon.
What our students are saying about Mark Hennessy:
“It’s not difficult to see Mark’s passion for acting, and his willingness to share that passion is inspiring for us as students. He works hard to bring out the best in everyone’s abilities in a comfortable, encouraging and FUN environment.”
“Mark is great – he challenges you, and I think that’s what every good teacher should do. He enables you to push through barriers and surprise yourself with moments of pure truth in your acting”
“Mark made me feel comfortable. He always focussed on how to improve “you” & how to get the most out of you. Fantastic teacher who pushed you with gentle ease. Lots of laughs!!”
“I was committed because Mark was committed to us and our training and we were receiving invaluable tuition.”
“Mark, is an awesome director and gives great one on one advice to all students and is very positive in his feedback. Mark doesn’t put pressure on you at all, and makes the class very enjoyable.”
“Mark was hilarious and an attentive teacher. His eye for detail and apt direction facilitated significant progress for the class participants. I had a ball. Thank you!”
“Mark Hennesy is great. He is such a friendly character that gives you the confidence to learn and be yourself. Mark is a passionate teacher that listens and helps you achieve where you want to be. Mark creates a fun environment which makes the classes highly enjoyable.”
“Mark was the right kind of teacher. I didn’t always catch on to the point of something straight away, but Mark never gave you the answers. Instead he gently guided and prompted you until it clicked. And he made sure it clicked. That’s the only way to properly learn and build on what he’s teaching you. Loved having him as my teacher!!”
I found Mark open, friendly and insightful. He went out of his way to ensure people felt comfortable in front of others in the class and to participate to gain the most out of the experience. Highly Recommend.