Our popular NYC tv and film acting studio is opening a second location in Darien, CT! Come visit us at our new location at  22 Grove Street  in downtown Darien (behind Nero).

Our popular NYC tv and film acting studio is opening a second location in Darien, CT! Come visit us at our new location at 22 Grove Street in downtown Darien (behind Nero).


Southern Connecticut’s only professional level advanced on-camera acting studio for kids, teens, and adults. All students interested in taking advanced group classes must audition with our owner, Matt Newton (acting coach and Darien resident). Matt offers auditions once a month to ensure the quality and professionalism of each class.

tv and film CLASSES for kids, teens, and adults


The classes at MN Acting Studio are professional level tv and film classes taught by working industry professionals, combining technical on-camera skills with real world, practical applications.  Each class is limited to 10 students to maximize personal attention, and all students receive a video of the work after each class. Classes are ongoing, offered every month to ensure maximum growth and training. We also occasionally bring in casting directors, agents, and managers to speak with our students.



Private audition coaching and audition taping by appointment with one of our coaches. We use 3 point lighting, a DSLR camera with a shotgun mic, neutral gray backdrop, and we supply the reader. Just show up and we do the rest! Last minute coaching and taping available.




Come meet Matt Newton and the amazing teachers of MN, see our space, and mingle with other actors and parents in the community.



*next open house will be early March TBD



Matt offers auditions for class placement once a month to ensure the quality of each class. Sign up below to schedule a 10 minute audition with Matt. All potential students should bring a headshot, resume, and 2 page tv or film scene. (*if interested in one day workshops, please send in a self tape, as no in person audition is required. If you can’t make this audition day, please email us at info@mnactingstudio.com for an alternative.

Saturday, February 23rd. 10-2pm


Open to anyone. Come learn what it takes to break into acting with studio owner and acclaimed acting coach Matt Newton. Adults, parents with kids and teens are invited to attend for an open and honest Q&A about the logistics and realities of beginning a career in TV and film.

Sunday, March 10th. 4-6pm

(immediately after our kids and teens workshops)




*By audition only. A real world audition bootcamp for professional actors who are interested in working on current scripts each week, including comedy, drama, cold-read technique. $285

Teacher: Daniel Cosgrove

Saturdays. 12-2:30pm

March 2, 9, 16, 23 (hold March 30)



*By audition only. A real world audition bootcamp for professional actors who are interested in working on current scripts each week, including comedy, drama, cold-read technique. $240

Teacher: Daniel Cosgrove

Saturdays. 9:30am-11:30am

March 2, 9, 16, 23 (hold March 30)

Sunday, March 10th



One day advanced workshop for kids ages 9-12 on the art of auditioning.


$150 ($15 discount for MN alumni)

Sunday, March 10th



One day advanced workshop for kids ages 13-16 on the art of auditioning.


$150 ($15 discount for MN alumni)



This summer camp is for the young motivated professional actor (ages 10-15) who wants to be pushed, challenged, and enhance their on-camera acting and audition technique with one of the most respected tv and film coaches in the business. This one of a kind, intense, immensely popular weeklong on-camera experience is limited to 10 trained, professional young actors (ages 10-15) who want to work exclusively with Matt on all aspects of tv and film in a small group setting, tailored to each actors strengths and weaknesses.  Offered once a year, by audition or referral only, Matt works personally with each actor, covering everything from auditioning, to role prep, to working on set, and even writing and directing their own scenes.   All for the purpose of understanding the level of professionalism required in the real world. 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.  

PRICE:  $1200 before March 1 (after March 1st it’s $1350)

Teacher: Matt Newton

July 15-19




*By audition only. This real world audition class is for working, represented professional adult actors who want to work on current scripts each week in an extremely challenging, professional level class. $299

Teacher: Matt Newton

Thursday nights. 6-8:30pm

March 7, 14, 21, 28 (hold April 5)



*By audition only. For serious actors who are transitioning from theatre to tv and film, and want to learn the essential skills for auditioning for the camera.

Teacher: Bryan Manley Davis

Wednesday nights. 6-8:30pm

March 6, 13, 20, 27 (hold April 4)

Industry panel with NYC talent agent

March TBD



Matt Newton is a Darien resident and the founder of the acclaimed MN Acting Studio in New York City. He is one of the most sought after tv and film acting coaches in New York City, and has coached on many TV shows, including “Blue Bloods,” “Master of None,” “The Affair,” “Jessica Jones,” “Orange is the New Black”, and the upcoming Netflix mini series “Central Park Five.” Matt is also an industry contributor to Backstage magazine, and is the author of the popular book “10 Steps to Breaking into Acting.” Matt’s clients have booked roles on countless tv shows and films.

As an actor, Matt has guest starred on dozens of TV shows, and been in numerous films and commercials. Credits include: Van Wilder, Gilmore Girls, Criminal Minds, Drake and Josh Go Hollywood, Royal Pains, Ugly Betty, the Americans, Dragnet, JAG, Family Law, Dahmer (with Jeremy Renner), Poster Boy (with Karen Allen), Miracles, Undressed, Guiding Light, and All My Children, Peace of Mind (award for Best Actor at Philadelphia First Glance festival).

 Matt earned a degree in Drama from Vassar College, and spent a semester training at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut.


Daniel Cosgrove

Daniel Cosgrove is an American actor who has appeared on numerous TV  shows. He is currently playing the role of RON on YOU and DAN MARGOLIS on BILLIONS. Daniel also played JON LEMONICK on IN JUSTICE, and FREDDY MASON on DIRTY SEXY MONEY. Daniel has also appeared on LAW & ORDER SVU, ELEMENTARY, UNFORGETTABLE, THE GOOD WIFE, ALL SOULS, as well as countless others. Daniel has series regulars on numerous shows. He first joined the cast of ALL MY CHILDREN in 1996, portraying SCOTT CHANDLER, before exploring other opportunities such as MATT DURNING on BEVERLY HILLS 90210. where he remained for 1998 until the show ended in 2000. Cosgrove's other series regulars credits include, GUIDING LIGHT as BILL LEWIS which earned him his first DAYTIME EMMY for OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR in a DRAMA SERIES, in 2008. March 2010, he began the role of CHRIS HUGHES on AS THE WORLD TURNS until the show ended. A father of four, he is happy to share his passion and experience in acting with the next generation of young actors.


Colin Walker

Colin Walker is an American film, television and stage actor best known for his roles on the critically acclaimed HBO series Treme and  Lee Daniels' The Butler. His career spans television, film, theatre, and commercials over more than 20 years. He's shared the screen with and worked alongside his share of Oscar, Emmy & Tony winners including Melissa Leo, David Morse, John Cusack, Forest Whitaker, & David Simon. Colin is native of New Orleans, where  most of his family still lives, so he considers himself lucky to be able to "go home" so often for work. Before moving to Los Angeles, Colin studied and worked as an actor in New Orleans (long before it became "Hollywood South"), Boulder, Boston and Santa Fe. He received a bachelor's degree in acting and directing from The College of Santa Fe, but is far from finished with his studies. He has trained with many amazing teachers including Stephen Book, Karen Grassle, Jack Hannibal, Lily Parker and many others. Proud of his theater roots, he also started a theater company in the basement of a Santa Fe, NM coffee shop with acclaimed playwright Steven Adly Guirgis (who at the time was just another hungry young actor.) Colin is married to Cathy Kim Walker and they have two young children and currently live in Westport Ct outside of NYC. He built the home where they live which is a little piece of "Nola" (New Orleans La.) in LALALand. Colin is an avid marathoner and Ironman triathlete - and an enthusiastic surfer. He loves to cook creole dinners, and is known for his annual crawfish boil. 


Bryan Manley Davis just wrapped a Netflix film called “Tigertail.” Hailing from the great state of Texas and currently residing in NYC, Bryan received his B.A. in Theatre before earning his M.F.A. in Acting, and successfully completing the esteemed Actor’s Apprenticeship at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.

Bryan spent several years successfully navigating the New York and Regional Theatre circuit before fully transitioning into Television and Film. Notable theatre credits include the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Fireside Theatre, and the Tony award winning McCarter Theatre.

A dedicated, lifelong student of the craft, Bryan continues to hone his skill-set in masterclasses at MN Acting Studio with his mentor Matt Newton. Matt cast Bryan as the lead in his first film "Hide/Seek", which played in festivals across the country. He is represented by Center Stage Management and has recently been seen on Discovery ID, Military Channel, and Lifetime as well as in several Feature Films and award winning Shorts. Upcoming Films: Tigertail (Netflix) directed by Alan Yang; The Girl in Apartment 3.


Karen Summerton just wrapped a horror-thriller feature film called The Improviser, where she plays Hilary, a demeaning menace that loves to cause trouble for others.  She is currently the voice of Brittany for an animated series called Nonstop Bachelorette Party Squad, about a bachelorette party that turns into a covert operative crime fighting squad.

She frequently appears on Saturday Night Live as a day player, notable characters include a Kardashian, and monster in Monster PALS.  She has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Sara and Nikki Live!, USA Network's Partners in Crime, LittleThings, and Get Him to the Greek.  Karen has been in several commercials including Budweiser with John Mayer, Chobani, and Arm & Hammer.

Karen performs in two monthly shows at the Peoples Improv Theater, catch her in The Magical World of Musical Improv, where your Disney childhood classics meet musical improv; and Super Crazy Fun Time Variety Game Show Hour, a wacky interactive game show mixed in with zany characters and sketch comedy.   Karen has created and performed two solo shows; Me, Myselfies, and I; and The Reality Starlette. In addition to acting, she's also a director, writer, and a producer. She starred in and co-wrote "The Karen and Jackie Show," a pilot for ABC. And also directed and acted in a pilot for Disney XD called "Not So Super."

Karen graduated from Long Island University/C.W. Post with a BFA in Broadcasting and Acting, and spent a summer at Carnegie Mellon for an acting intensive.  She's trained at the Groundlings in Los Angeles; the Upright Citizens Brigade and Peoples Improv Theater in New York City. Karen has coached clients that have booked feature films, regional theater, recurring roles on tv shows, and commercials.  Karen loves working with actors one-on-one and in group settings to achieve their goals.

Karen grew up in Darien, she was a member of Theatre 308 at the Darien High School, her favorite role was The Artful Dodger in Oliver.   During high school she also performed at the Stamford Rich Forum in monthly improv shows with Slow....Children at Play.

Karen loves to collaborate with her talented friends to continually produce sketch comedy.  For her latest video project, please visit www.KarenSummerton.com