DARIEN ON-CAMERA CLASSES

Located at 22 Grove Street in Darien, CT. 40 minutes from Manhattan, right next to the Metro North train station.

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“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


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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

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“No B.S. Guide To The Acting Biz”

with Acting Coach and Filmmaker Matt Newton

NOVEMBER 16th, 3-6pm

This is the most honest and comprehensive workshop on the business of acting that you will ever take. We are offering this exclusive workshop to 20 students in person, in Darien. Matt Newton is the head coach at MN Acting Studio, an industry expert contributor to Backstage, the author of the popular book "10 Steps to Breaking into Acting," has worked as an actor in both Los Angeles and New York, is the go to onset coach for network TV, and is now a 3 time film director who has written and crowdfunded his own films, one of which is being developed as a show on network tv.

This is a comprehensive one day workshop for actors who are looking to get a better understanding of the BUSINESS of acting, and how to level up in their careers. No B.S. Just total honesty. Matt will speak on lots of topics, will also answer ALL of your questions, and you will leave with very specific goals. Led by Matt Newton, 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 pdf of Matt's book "10 Steps to breaking into Acting" after the workshop for further review. Matt will sometimes bring in special guests to speak with students.

TOPICS INCLUDED (BUT NOT LIMITED TO):

- Figuring out your TYPE

- Pay to Meet workshops (to do or not to do)

- The realities of casting (actors access vs. breakdowns services)

- How to Self Tape Like a Pro (includes list of affordable equipment and demonstration)

- What should your RESUME look like (how to format)

- What you should have on your DEMO REEL

- The difference between an agent and manager (when are you ready?)

- How to get an agent (freelance vs. signed)

- When you should join SAG AFTRA

- Are Student Films Worth My Time (How to Get My Footage Back)

- What kind of projects should you be auditioning for (union, non union, paid, unpaid)

- Where to get good headshots and what they should look like

- What is Filming in New York and How Do I get Seen

- The importance of creating your own work

- Having representation in markets outside of New York and LA (even if you don't live there)

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IF YOU SIGN UP BEFORE OCTOBER 16TH

$79 ($99 AFTER OCT. 16TH)


UPCOMING 4 WEEK CLASSES:

Starts Wednesday, October 9th

4 week on-camera bootcamp with Bryan Davis (intermediate)

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Ages 18 and up. This ongoing, intermediate monthly on-camera class meets once a week on Wednesdays. This is a great class for actors with strong theatre training, who are transitioning from theatre to tv and film, and want to enhance their on-camera skills so they are sharp and ready for auditions. Bryan will assign current scripts 2 days before each class, which are to be memorized as if the actor is stepping onto set. During class, Bryan will work with each actor to enhance their scene, including making choices, memorization, prep, taking direction quickly, and finding their unique personality in the work.  Areas covered include comedy (single and multi camera), one hour drama, cold reading technique, working on set, chemistry reads, audition etiquette (slate, eyelines, multiple character scenes), discussion of “type,” and making strong choices with little prep time. Limited to 10 students. All actors receive a video of their work each week for further review and growth. *At the final class, head acting coach Matt Newton will do a Q&A with students about the business of acting (agents, managers, type, etc.)

Wednesdays 6-9pm

$285 ($270 for alumni with code)

UPCOMING CLASSES:

Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 (hold date Nov. 6) - SOLD OUT!

*Nov. 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4 (hold date Dec. 11)

*The waitlist doesn’t mean the class is full. It means we are "waiting" to see if the current round wants to sign up for the next round before we allow anyone else to sign up. Current students get first dibs on holding their spot for the next round, and they have to tell us at the final class if they are staying or going. We are just holding their spots. Everyone on the waitlist will be sent an email with a signup link two weeks before class. We will then take registrations on a first come, first serve basis.


Starts Thursday, October 10th

4 week ADVANCED on-camera acting BOOTCAMP WITH Matt Newton (advanced)

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Ages 18 and up. This ongoing, monthly class meets once a week on Thursday nights. This real world, practical, honest on-camera class is for professional actors who want to work on current scripts each week in a challenging, professional level class.  Matt will assign scripts 1-2 days before each class, and actors are expected to come in memorized and with strong choices in very little prep time. Matt will coach each actor to take their on-camera skills to the next level, with quick redirects, strong choices, difficult audition scenarios, last minute cold-reads, and anything else that would be thrown at you in an on-camera scenario (whether in an audition or on set). Limited to 10 actors by audition only. Email to set up an audition. Thursdays 4-7pm. $299 ($285 with alumni code).

UPCOMING CLASSES:

Oct. 10, 17, 24, Nov 7 (skips October 31) - SOLD OUT!

*Nov. 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12 (hold date Dec. 19)

*The waitlist doesn’t mean the class is full. It means we are "waiting" to see if the current round wants to sign up for the next round before we allow anyone else to sign up. Current students get first dibs on holding their spot for the next round, and they have to tell us at the final class if they are staying or going. We are just holding their spots. Everyone on the waitlist will be sent an email with a signup link two weeks before class. We will then take registrations on a first come, first serve basis.


Starts Saturday, October 12th

4 week ON-CAMERA ACTING with Matthew Porretta

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Ages 18 and up. This ongoing, monthly class meets once a week on Saturdays. This real world, practical, introductory on-camera class is for new actors with some training who want to understand the basis of film acting in a safe, non judgmental setting.  Matthew Porretta (“Blacklist”) will assign scripts each week from current tv shows, and will work closely with actors to break down character, understand script analysis, memorization skills, and what it means to be relaxed and present in front of the camera. Actors will learn the fundamentals of film acting, and what to expect when working on a real film set. Matthew will also offer guidance for figuring out your type, finding auditions, and building your resume. $285. Saturdays 11am-2pm.

UPCOMING CLASSES:

Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2 (hold date Nov. 9)

*Nov. 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7 (hold date Dec. 14)

*The waitlist doesn’t mean the class is full. It means we are "waiting" to see if the current round wants to sign up for the next round before we allow anyone else to sign up. Current students get first dibs on holding their spot for the next round, and they have to tell us at the final class if they are staying or going. We are just holding their spots. Everyone on the waitlist will be sent an email with a signup link two weeks before class. We will then take registrations on a first come, first serve basis.


Starts Saturday, October 19th

4 week YOUTH ON-CAMERA ACTING with Matthew Porretta (ages 11-14)

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Ages 11-14. This four week ongoing on-camera class is for young actors who want to learn the art of film acting in a small, challenging group setting from a working industry professional. Students will be assigned current scripts each week (from shows like “Stranger Things”, “Sydney to the Max”, etc.), and will work with acting teacher Matt Porretta to break down the scene, create character, point of view, beats, and learn what it takes to act for the camera. Limited to 10 students. All students receive a video of their work each week for further learning.

SATURDAYS 3-5pm

$199

UPCOMING CLASSES:

Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 (hold date Nov. 16)

Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14 (hold date Dec. 21)


Coming in January 2020

  • 4 week FILM ACTING FOR KIDS (ages 8-10)

  • 4 week FILM ACTING FOR TWEENS (11-14)

  • 4 week FILM ACTING FOR TEENS (ages 15-17)

  • WEEK LONG YOUTH TV AND FILM INTENSIVE for kids during school break

  • INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS AND Q&A’S WITH CASTING DIRECTORS AND AGENTS


POLICIES

If you are unable to make a class, we recommend that you self tape your scene for that week, and the teacher will offer you a full, honest, written critique of your work. We don’t offer credits or refunds for missed classes or no-shows.

*HOLD DATES: At the end of each cycle, we reserve a “hold date.” If the teacher has to cancel one of the four sessions, we will use the hold week. Please keep that date open when you book your class.

If you miss more than one class per round, we are unable to guarantee your spot for the next round.