Peter Kelley Recently featured as "One of New York's top film acting coaches." on MTV, Mr. Kelley has worked professionally as an acting coach and director of film and theatre for over fifteen years, and is one of the founding directors of The Acting Studio at CP Casting and his own workshops through ActingOnFilm.com.
As an acting coach, Mr. Kelley's clients include Chris O'Donnell, Eliza Dushku (Bring it On, Buffy..., True Lies, etc.), Rick Fox (forward, LA Lakers, roles include Oz, He Got Game, Eddie, etc.), Dane Cook, celebrity chef Todd English, as well as numerous on-air and public figures, and most of the crazed crew on the "Tourgasm" bus. He has conducted seminars for the Screen Actors Guild New England and Southwest, among others; he co-taught a Boston seminar, "The Feature Film Audition," with John Lyons. Mr. Kelley is currently on the faculty of Boston University's School of Film as well as the Studio at C/P Casting in Boston.
Shortly after joining CP to run the Studio, Mr. Kelley began casting for CP; his work included Boston principal casting for over a dozen feature films and hundreds of regional and national commercials.
Mr. Kelley is also a screenwriter and filmmaker; His films "The Path Most Resistance" and "Sporting Dog" were official selections in over forty film festivals worldwide and have won awards at the IFC/CMJ Festival in New York, the Northampton Film Festival, The Atlantic City festival, the Crested Butte Reel Fest, among others.
Onstage, he most recently directed Fool For Love off-Broadway; other theater directing credits includ the following Boston premieres: Search & Destroy (Lansdowne Playhouse); Four Dogs and a Bone (Boston Center for the Arts); Etta Jenks (ICA theater); Execution of Justice; Burn This; and Don't Touch that Dial. Other theatrical directing credits include Glengarry Glen Ross, Entertaining Mr. Sloan, T-Bone & Weasel, and Sunday on the Rocks.
Here's what some former students have said about Peter:
"Thank you for helping me to summon some of the most stimulating moments of my life in pursuit of a thrilling dream. Bravo. Really." – Andrew Syek
"Peter Kelley is the most gifted teacher of any kind that I have ever had in my entire life. His dedication to his profession is remarkable. I began my acting career late in life but thanks to Peter I have made amazing progress and have enjoyed considerable success in Boston and New York both in film and in theater." – Dave Dwyer
"I have known Peter for over ten years and feel he is an incredibly talented director/acting coach. Whether it be preparing for an audition or developing a character for a specific role, I have been able to count on Peter for great advice and ideas." – Chris O'Donnell
"Peter works harder at what he does than anyone I know... it means so much to have someone who really knows and cares. Thank you, Peter, for all the help." – Eliza Dushku
"Peter Kelley is, without doubt, the best acting coach that I have ever had. Because of him, I have achieved a level of honesty and truthfulness in my work that I had been previously unable to reach. He has the uncanny knack of drawing out of an actor his/her true self, by showing what is real, and by helping one to disregard any of those things which usually confuse and blind one to simply 'being.' He does this by guiding the actor to discover that truth themselves, instead of merely presenting the answer. The dedicated actor, armed with this newfound awareness, is therefore able to grow and expand upon their craft exponentially." – Jennifer Queirejiero