On-Camera Acting Classes and Workshops in Fairfield County, CT

Professional tv and film classes for Kids, Teens, and Adults

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

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Mn Acting Studio in Darien (opened in May 2019 by acclaimed acting coach Matt Newton) offers on-camera classes, one day workshops and private one on one coaching for ages 6 and up. Our classes are taught by well known working industry professionals (see our “instructor” page), and we keep our classes limited to 10 students to ensure personal attention.  As all of our classes are on-camera, students receive videos of their work each week for further review. We also occasionally bring in casting directors, agents, and managers to speak with our students.

Questions? Email us at darien@mnactingstudio.com

“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


To set up an appointment to meet with our founder Matt Newton and discuss which class is right for you, please email darien@mnactingstudio.com.



Come meet Matt Newton and learn about our upcoming fall workshops, classes and one on one coaching.



Time: 5-7pm


ACTOR/FILMMAKER Networking Event


Come join Matt Newton and the teachers, students, Connecticut filmmakers and other artists in the community at our end of summer networking event held at our beautiful studio in downtown Darien. New actors are welcome!


Time: 7-9pm

Starts Wednesday, September 4th

4 week ON-CAMERA BOOTCAMP with Bryan Davis (level 2)


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 learn the essential skills of acting for the camera. 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.

Wednesdays 6-9pm

$285 ($270 for alumni with code)

NEXT SESSION: SEPT. 4, 11, 18, 25

Starts Thursday, September 5th

4 week ADVANCED on-camera acting BOOTCAMP WITH Matt Newton (LEVEL 3)

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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 are auditioning at the network level and want to work on current scripts each week in an extremely 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.

Thursdays 4-7pm


NEXT SESSION: SEPT 5, 12, 19, 26


4 week BEGINNER ON-CAMERA ACTING with Matthew Porretta (level 1)


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 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.

September 7, 14, 21, 28



Starts Saturday, September 14th

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


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.

September 14, 21, 28, October 5. 3-5pm. $199.

Teacher: Matthew Porretta (“The Blacklist”)

Saturday, September 28TH


with casting director STEPHANIE HOLBROOK (“THE SINNER”) and Acting Coach MATT NEWTON (“Jessica Jones”)


All ages welcome. Join us for this open and honest talk back about the realities of the tv and film business with two of the most recognized professionals in their field.

Saturday, OCTOBER 5TH


with award winning filmmaker MATT NEWTON

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All ages welcome. Whether you have a finished script or even just an inkling of an idea, this popular one day workshop with award winning filmmaker Matt Newton will give you a comprehensive understanding of the “business” of creating your own project. Matt will discuss ideal script length, what genre makes the most sense for you, how to hire a film crew and shoot it affordably, how to crowdfund your project, come up with a budget, how to navigate film festivals, distribution, and create your own opportunities for yourself. Matt has written, crowdfunded and directed 3 short films, attended dozens of festivals, and won Best Director for his latest film “Vacation Rental” at the Northeast Horror Film Festival (now on Amazon Prime).

2:30-5PM. $75

Saturday, OCTOBER 12TH


one day workshop with acting coach MATT NEWTON


Matt is the author of the successful book “10 Steps to Breaking into Acting,” and offers this comprehensive workshop to actors who want to level up in their careers. Whether you or just starting out, or already working, this workshop covers everything actors need to know, from what kind of footage to post on your online profile, how to format your resume for maximum success, how to meet an agent or manager (or how to change the one you already have), how and when to join the union, how to avoid scams, how to find auditions that aren’t sketchy, and how to present yourself and your marketing materials in the best way possible to set yourself up for success. All students receive a PDF of Matt’s book as a follow up to this workshop.

2:30-5PM. $99.


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.