MN ACTING STUDIO

A MODERN APPROACH TO ACTING

MN Acting Studio is a cutting edge, acclaimed tv and film acting studio in New York City (with satellite classes in LA), and is highly recommended by agents and managers for our expertise in combining the craft of on-camera acting with the business.   We offer professional tv and film classes for all ages and levels, private audition coaching, Skype lessons, state of the art audition taping, and on set coaching.  Our actors have booked roles on countless TV shows and films, and our students range from Emmy Award nominees, Golden Globe winners, Grammy nominees, Outer Critics Circle Award winners, to  the young stars of film, tv and stage.

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TV and Film Classes

"Matt Newton Acting Studio is by far the best on-camera acting school in New York City.  Our clients have gone from just being really great actors to booking guest stars, recurring guest stars, series regular roles and supporting/lead roles in films.  All of the actors taking classes at MN Acting Studio, whether developmental or working actors, are far better equipped with the necessary tools needed to not only make it in this difficult business but to sustain a career at the highest level.  If you are lucky enough to get into one of the classes offered by Matt or his incredible staff, it would be a mistake not to jump at the chance to take them.  In a very short period of time, you will become a better actor with a handle on how the business works and will walk away with the knowledge and power of how to have the career you want and how you, too, can make it to the top".

- Erica Bines, agent, Headline Talent Agency


About our classes...

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We are the go to place for actors who want to book work, and are highly recommended by agents and managers.  We are known for providing "real world" practical, small, challenging tv and film classes that prepare actors for an on-camera career, while instilling confidence, technique, professionalism, and skill.   We separate our classes into on-camera AUDITION classes, and on-camera ACTING classes.   We believe these are two very different muscles, and actors need to be prepared for both.    With over 108 shows now casting in New York City, we give our actors the technique to book jobs, and then to nail it when they step on set.  All new students must schedule an audition with Matt, as he handpicks each class, and limits each to 10 students so that all students achieve their goals and receive maximum attention.  Each class is four weeks, ongoing, and each level is tailored to a certain kind of actor.  We are firm believers in "learning by doing," and each actor will work in each class, will be coached, will learn from others, and will receive a video of their work each week for further learning.  Actors usually stay in our classes for a while, and can move up to a different level when they are ready.  We keep it practical, real, honest, we assign current scripts, and all of our teachers are working professionals who know this business inside and out.   Think of this as a "gym" to work your on-camera muscles, stay in shape, and allow yourself to make mistakes in a safe environment so that you can grow. It's not about being perfect, it's about committing to failure. 

Lastly, we don't offer audits or makeup classes.   If you can't make a class, we ask that you self tape your scene for that week, and send to the teacher for a full written critique.   This keeps you on your toes, and puts you in the driver's position.   To be placed on a waitlist, you must be accepted by Matt.  Once on the waitlist, we will notify you two weeks before your class begins if there are any open spots available, at which point it will be first come, first serve.

REFUND POLICY:  Cancel before 7 days of the start of the class and receive a full refund.  Cancel within 7 days and receive class credit.  Cancel within 48 hours of the start and no refund will be issued, unless we are able to fill the spot.  Please understand that our classes are small and we have extensive waitlists.


WANT TO PURCHASE A GIFT CARD FOR THE HOLIDAYS?  Purchase any amount by clicking the picture below.   You can use this for private coaching, Skype, or for classes and audition taping.  


NEW STUDENT AUDITIONS FOR CLASS PLACEMENT

Next session:  Thursday, December 14th (to audition for January classes)

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We are an audition only studio catering to serious actors.  New to the studio?  You must schedule a 10 minute audition/consultation with Matt Newton.  The only classes that don't require an audition are INTRO TO FILM AND TV ACTING and our one day workshops.   There is no charge, you don't have to commit to anything, and you can ask questions about classes.  Matt will assess which class is right for you, and if accepted,  you will placed onto the waitlist for one of our upcoming classes (unless you have a strong referral from an agency).  Matt holds these auditions once every month.   If you are unable to attend, you must wait until the next monthly scheduled audition day.  All of our classes are 10 students, and waitlist only.   You will be notified after the current round if you are accepted into the class, as current students have first dibs in holding their spots.

*Students are required to bring in a resume and a 2 page scene from a film or tv show.


Saturday, January 6th, 2018

"Become a Working Actor" one day workshop with Matt Newton

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Kick of 2018 with this amazing workshop with one of the top professionals in the business! It's not enough to be a GOOD actor.  You have to be a SMART actor.  Back by popular demand, this is the most comprehensive workshop on the business of acting that you will ever take.  Matt Newton is the head coach at MN Acting Studio, an industry expert contributor to Backstage, has worked as an actor in both Los Angeles and New York, as well as an onset coach, and now a 3 time director.    This is a great one day workshop for actors who are looking to get a better understanding of the BUSINESS of acting.  and want to have a clear understanding of the market, how they fit in, what to do, what not to do, and how to level up in their professional careers.   It's not about simply mailing headshots to agents, it's about networking, being business savvy, doing your research, and finding other ways to market yourself.  Led by Matt Newton (Backstage industry expert contributor, acting coach, film director, professional actor, and  set coach for Jessica Jones, Orange is the New Black, Master of None, and many others), this honest and informative seminar will cover many FAQ's about the acting industry, followed by an open and honest Q&A portion.   Each participant will receive a copy of Matt's book "10 Steps to breaking into Acting."

Topics included (but not limited to):

  • How to find an agent or Manager (are you ready?)
  • Networking with Casting
  • What is Your Type
  • New York vs. LA
  • Pay to Meet Workshops (to do or not to do)
  • Finding Auditions (What sites are best?)
  • Are Student Films Worth My Time (How to Get My Footage Back)
  • What is Filming in New York and How Do I get Seen
  • How to Self Tape Like a Pro (includes list of affordable equipment)
  • Unions (SAG/AFTRA/Equity)
  • Understanding the NY TV & Theater Markets
  • What you Should Have On Your Demo Reel
  • Avoiding Scams
  • Networking with other Artists: Taking Advantage of the New York Theater Community
  • Creating your own work

TIME:   11-3PM

LOCATION: MN ACTING STUDIO

PRICE:  $99 ($79 for current students)


STARTS JANUARY 8th

4 week AUDITION MASTERCLASS FOR PROFESSIONAL ACTORS with Matt Newton   

Our highest level audition class for professional working actors with tv and film representation.  Audition, industry referral or invite only.    This is a real world, challenging, mock audition "gym"  that is tailored to the strengths and weaknesses of each actor, where Matt will throw everything at them, including last minute cold-reads, chemistry reads, or anything else that might come up in a network level audition setting.   Prepared scenes are sent one day before, and are meant to push the actors outside of their comfort zone.   The focus is on guest star and series regular roles, or actors can bring in their own audition scripts.   Actors will act as readers for each other, and Matt will coach each actor on bringing the script to life, digging deeper into the work, and putting their authentic stamp on the script (through improvisation, etc.), and making strong choices with little preparation time.   All students work each week, and receive a video of their work.  Limited to 12 serious actors.   Matt will sometimes bring in special industry guests to come speak with the students. 

Prerequisite: Audition for Matt, agent/manager, strong network tv credits, professional working actor

MONDAY AFTERNOONS   2-5PM

JANUARY DATES:  January 8, 15, 22, 29  

PRICE: $275

*Only sign up for the waitlist if you have auditioned and been accepted into this class.  Registration will open on December 22nd at 9am.


STARTS JANUARY 8th

4 week ADVANCED "PILOT PREP" BOOTCAMP with Van Hansis  $260

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Audition, industry referral or invite only.    This is a real world, challenging, mock audition "gym" to prepare professional actors for pilot season.  Scenes are sent 2 days before, and are taken from current comedy and drama TV shows filming in New York.   The focus is on guest star and series regular roles, or actors can bring in their own audition scripts.   Van will coach each actor on bringing the script to life, digging deeper into the work, and putting their authentic stamp on the script, and making strong choices with little preparation time.   All students work each week, and receive a video of their work.  Limited to 12 serious actors.    *AUDITION REQUIRED

MONDAY EVENINGS  6-8:30pm

JANUARY DATES: January 8, 15, 22, 29

PRICE: $260

*Only sign up for the waitlist if you have auditioned and been accepted into this class.  Registration will open on December 22nd at 9am.


STARTS JANUARY 9th

4 week "ON-SET" MASTERCLASS FOR PROFESSIONAL ACTORS with Matt Newton   $275

Our highest level ON-CAMERA "workout" class for professional working actors with tv and film representation who want to work on difficult scenes in an on set environment.  Audition, industry referral or invite only.    This is a real world, challenging, mock on set "gym"  (FILMED ON LOCATION EACH WEEK) that is tailored to the strengths and weaknesses of each actor, where actors are not allowed to have scripts, there will be no rehearsals, and they will be expected to show up and tackle their scenes with different shot setups, while Matt gives them direction on the fly.   Matt will coach each actor on bringing the script to life, digging deeper into the work, and putting their authentic stamp on the script (through improvisation, etc.), and making strong choices with little preparation time (scripts are sent one day before to emulate a real life booking scenario).   All students work each week, and receive a video of their work.  Limited to 10 serious actors.   *AUDITION REQUIRED

TUESDAY AFTERNOON  2-5PM

JANUARY DATES: January 9, 16, 23, 30 

PRICE: $275

Prerequisite: Audition for Matt, agent/manager, strong network tv credits, professional working actor

*Only sign up for the waitlist if you have auditioned and been accepted into this class.  Registration will open on December 22nd at 9am.


STARTS JANUARY 9th

4 week TV AND FILM ACTING 2  with Van Hansis  $260

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An ADVANCED on-camera class for actors with really strong training who want to enhance their technique for film and tv. This class is designed to help actors keep their abilities and approach to TV and Film work connected to both the text and their authentic self, and to find truth and confidence in front of the camera. By deepening the conversation between the script analysis and the understanding of type, tone and style this class will allow the actor to stretch in both type and range, while also working with the camera to calibrate their acting for focus and subtlety.  By exploring indie film, single camera, multi camera and feature films we will work in class to develop a baseline of practical analysis to help the actor develop a toolbox of skills to return to every time text needs to be mined for subtext and contextual clues to support character. By practicing this approach week to week, the goal is to assist the actor in being self-sustaining on set, in rehearsal and centered in auditions.    There are no rehearsals outside of class, new scripts each week, and actors are expected to be off-book for every class.  All actors receive a video of their work each week for further review.  Class is limited to 12 actors. 

TUESDAY NIGHTS 6-8:30PM

JANUARY DATES: January 9, 16, 23, 30

Prerequisite: Audition for Matt, strong training, actively auditioning for network level tv and film

PRICE: $260

*Only sign up for the waitlist if you have auditioned and been accepted into this class.  Registration will open on December 22nd at 9am.


STARTS JANUARY 10th

4 week AUDITION MASTERCLASS FOR PROFESSIONAL ACTORS with Matt Newton   $275

Our highest level audition class for professional working actors with tv and film representation.  Audition, industry referral or invite only.    This is a real world, challenging, mock audition "gym"  that is tailored to the strengths and weaknesses of each actor, where Matt will throw everything at them, including last minute cold-reads, chemistry reads, or anything else that might come up in a network level audition setting.   Prepared scenes are sent one day before, and are meant to push the actors outside of their comfort zone.   The focus is on guest star and series regular roles, or actors can bring in their own audition scripts.   Actors will act as readers for each other, and Matt will coach each actor on bringing the script to life, digging deeper into the work, and putting their authentic stamp on the script (through improvisation, etc.), and making strong choices with little preparation time.   All students work each week, and receive a video of their work.  Limited to 12 serious actors.   Matt will sometimes bring in special industry guests to come speak with the students. *AUDITION REQUIRED

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS 2-5PM

JANUARY DATES: January 10, 17, 24, 31

PRICE: $275

Prerequisite: Audition for Matt, agent/manager, strong network tv credits, professional working actor

*Only sign up for the waitlist if you have auditioned and been accepted into this class.  Registration will open on December 22nd at 9am.


STARTS JANUARY 10th

4 week TV AUDITION BOOTCAMP with Dena Tyler  $260

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Audition or invite only.  This is a very popular, real world "audition workout" class for actors who want to learn essential audition skills to make their auditions stand out and "pop," whether in person or on a self-tape.  Actors will be assigned current scripts 2 days before each class,  covering everything from drama, to single camera comedy, to multi-camera.   By working closely with Dena, each actor will be coached on what is expected in the audition room, how to create a fully realized character, and how to bring the words to life in a new, exciting and unexpected way. Limited to 11 actors.  All actors receive a video of their work each week for further review.   *AUDITION REQUIRED

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS 6-8:30PM

JANUARY DATES:  January 10, 17, 24, 31

PRICE: $275

Prerequisite: Audition for Matt, actively auditioning for tv and film

*Only sign up for the waitlist if you have auditioned and been accepted into this class.  Registration will open on December 22nd at 9am.


STARTS JANUARY 11th

4 week GUEST STAR BOOTCAMP with Van Hansis  $260

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For advanced actors who are auditioning at the network TV level.   This is a class for professional actors who are moving from co-star roles to guest star roles (longer scripts with more "arc"), and want to work on strong scripts in different genres.   Each week will have a specific focus, and will range from procedurals to single camera comedies, to multi-camera comedies.   This is a mock audition "gym," where Van will assign challenging scripts (2 days before each class) based on type, from current TV shows, and coach each actor to make strong, unexpected, genre specific choices to help enhance their auditions and book the job.  *AUDITION REQUIRED

THURSDAY NIGHTS  6-8:30PM

JANUARY DATES: January 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1

PRICE: $260

Prerequisite: Audition for Matt, agent/manager, costar credits, actively auditioning for network level tv and film

*Only sign up for the waitlist if you have auditioned and been accepted into this class.  Registration will open on December 22nd at 9am.


STARTS JANUARY 14th

4 week TV AND FILM ACTING 1 with Blair Baker  $260

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This is an intermediate on-camera class for actors with STRONG theatre training (MFA, Broadway, 2 year programs, etc.) who are transitioning to a career in film and TV.  Actors will work with different TV/film scripts each week (comedy, drama) to develop focus and concentration in front of the camera, while also working on relaxation, connection, improvisation, and bringing truth to the script to life in a small, challenging on-camera environment.  Actors will learn what it's like to work on set (closeups, marks), with a focus on calibrating their acting for the camera, bringing a character to life, with no outside rehearsal, and minimal prep time.  The focus on this class will be to help actors relax and connect to the material, so they can be free to give their best, most nuanced performance on tv and film. All actors receive a video of their work each week for further learning.  BY AUDITION ONLY.

SUNDAY NIGHTS 5-7:30PM

JANUARY DATES: January 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4

Prerequisite: Audition for Matt, strong theatre training (broadway, mfa, etc.)

PRICE: $260

*Only sign up for the waitlist if you have auditioned and been accepted into this class.  Registration will open on December 22nd at 9am.


STARTS JANUARY 14th

4 week INTRO TO TV AND FILM ACTING with Bryan Manley Davis $260

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No audition necessary.  Learn the basics of MN Acting Studio's approach to tv and film acting in a safe, non judgmental setting, with a focus on listening, confidence, dissolving your fears, and using your imagination to fully embrace the moment and approach all of your work with specificity and authenticity.   Actors will work with current scripts to learn the essence of on-camera acting, and how to keep their work simple and real.  Bryan will assign scripts each week a few days before and coach each actor to bring the script to life through different exercises. Actors can take the class as many times as they would like, with further learning each round.  All actors receive a video of their work.  Limited to 10 students.

For students with little to no experience or training who are transitioning into acting and want to get over their fears and learn how to act in front of the camera.

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS 1-3:30PM

JANUARY DATES:  January 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4

PRICE: $260

Prerequisite: Little or no training.  No audition necessary.  Good intro course for new actors who want to learn technique in a small, safe environment.

*Only sign up for the waitlist if you have auditioned and been accepted into this class.  Registration will open on December 22nd at 9am.


STARTS JANUARY 14th

4 week COLD READ BOOTCAMP with Blair Baker

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The ultimate acting gym!  What do you do when you have no time to prepare a scene and have to make choices on the fly?  Casting happens so quickly with episodic, and it's important to stay sharp and ready for anything.  Enhance your TV and film cold-reading skills in this challenging 3 week "real world" class taught by Blair Baker.   For actors with training who want to learn tricks to make cold-reads pop with very little prep time.  Each week Blair will assign current scripts from different genres at the beginning of class, and actors will learn to make strong choices, connect, find moments, with a focus on relationship, circumstance, and impulse.   Actors receive a video of their work each week for further review.  NO AUDITION NECESSARY.  Must have acting training to attend.  No beginners please.

SUNDAY EVENINGS   7-9PM

JANUARY DATES:  January 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4

PRICE:  $260

Registration will open on December 22nd at 9am.


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