On-Camera Classes and Workshops in Darien, CT

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

22 Grove Street

Darien, Ct

(right off the Darien stop on the Metro North)


The classes and workshops at MN Acting Studio in Darien are professional level tv and film classes for ages 10 and up, taught by working industry professionals, combining technical on-camera skills with real world, practical applications.  To be considered, all new students must be accepted by master coach Matt Newton, by emailing your pic, resume, and demo reel to info@mnactingstudio.com. Classes are ongoing, offered every month to ensure maximum growth and training. Think of these classes as a “gym,” where you can work out your on-camera skills in a safe, practical, honest, challenging environment. Each class is limited to 10 students to maximize personal attention, and all students receive a video of the work after each class. We also occasionally bring in casting directors, agents, and managers to speak with our students.


FILM ACTING BOOTCAMP with Bryan Davis (4 weeks)


Ages 18 and up. This ongoing, monthly class meets once a week on Wednesdays. For actors who are transitioning from theatre to tv and film, and want to learn the essential skills of acting for tv and film. 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, chemistry reads, audition etiquette (slate, eyelines, multiple character scenes), discussion of “type,” and making strong choices with little prep time. Limited to 8 students. All actors receive a video of their work each week for further review and growth.

Wednesdays 6-9pm


May 15, 22, 29, June 5 (hold June 12*): SOLD OUT!


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Starts Thursday June 13th

ADVANCED on-camera acting BOOTCAMP WITH Matt Newton

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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 day 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 8 actors by audition only.

Thursday 6-9pm


June 13, 20, 27, July 11 (skip July 4): SOLD OUT!


YOUTH “auditioning for the camera” workshop WITH MATT NEWTON (one day)

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Ages 10-13. This one day small group workshop is for actors who want to work on current scripts in a real world, on-camera audition setting with acclaimed acting coach Matt Newton. Students will be assigned current scripts before the workshop (from shows like “Stranger Things”, “Sydney to the Max”, etc.), and will be coached to learn what it takes to deliver a polished, professional on-camera audition. Matt will discuss the casting process for network tv, what is expected in the audition room, how to make strong choices (no matter what your level of experience is), how to memorize quickly, take direction on the fly, and bring their unique personality to the script. This is a great workshop for actors who are considering a professional career in acting and want to learn what it takes to audition at the highest level.

NEXT SESSION: AUGUST tBD - Sign up for interest list

$150 (MN alumni receive $25 discount)



Ages 11-14. Meets once a week on Saturdays. Limited to 8 students. Improv is an essential skill in learning how to listen, think and speak in the moment, without worrying about “what’s right.” This is a great class for young actors who want to get more comfortable on-camera through the use of improvisational games and exercises, as well as “structured improv” as it relates to scripts. Each week actors will perform on-camera, guided by Daniel, who will assign exercises and encourage each actor to make strong choices on-camera, enhancing both their unique personality as well as their confidence in their choices and ability to take direction on the fly. Each class will build on the previous week, and all actors will receive a video of their work after each class.

1:00pm-3:00pm (ages 11-14)

JUNE 1, 8, 15, 22 (hold June 29*) - *SOLD OUT*

NEXT SESSION: AUGUST TBD - Sign up for interest list

Tuesday, June 18th

“How to Create Your Own Pilot/Web Series” Workshop with Matt Newton (One Day)

This one day workshop with Matt Newton (filmmaker, writer) covers everything actors need to know to get their own project off the ground. in this two hour one day workshop, Matt will discuss how to write an effective spec script or short film, how to crowdfund, how to come up with a budget, how to find a crew, and come up with a festival strategy. Matt has successfully written and crowdfunded 3 short films (one of which won him Best Director), and his films have been accepted at dozens of festivals worldwide.

Tuesday, June 18th. 7:30pm-9:30pm


AUGUST 12-16



SPECIAL GUEST DEB CHASEN OF CHASEN TALENT AGENCY. Ages 10-15. This one of a kind, challenging, immensely popular weeklong on-camera experience is limited to 10 trained, professional, hand selected young actors who want to work exclusively with acclaimed acting coach Matt Newton (“Drake and Josh”) on all aspects of tv and film in a small group setting, tailored to each actors strengths and weaknesses.  Matt works personally with each actor, covering everything from auditioning, to role prep, to working on set, improvisation, cold-reads, the casting process, and even writing and directing their own scenes.   Actors will also film a professional scene (directed by Matt) with a small crew on location to be ultimately used for their demo reel/online casting profile.. In addition, on the final day, Matt brings in an industry guest to offer another perspective on the business.    All actors will work on-camera every day, and parents will receive a video with personal feedback at the end of the session.  

10-4:30 Monday through Friday. To be considered, email your pic and res to info@mnactingstudio.com. Matt will be hand selecting each student, and you will receive a response within 48 hours.

PRICE:  $1100

Students will learn:

  • Auditioning for comedy vs. drama in the current TV market

  • The tv and film casting process

  • Playing against type

  • Cold-reading

  • Memorization skills with little prep time

  • Script analysis (beats, moments, tone)

  • Character development (behavior, point of view, relationship)

  • Improvisation (and how it helps with tv auditions)

  • Working "on set" with different camera angles, marks (students will get to direct scenes)

  • Audition etiquette

  • Students will each leave with a fully produced drama scene for their demo reel/online casting profile

  • 10-4:30pm (half hour in house lunch break every day)

All Students must audition with Matt to be accepted into the intensive.


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.