June 1-4, 2017

Ever wonder what it would be like to be the star of your own Disney show? Want the secrets from the pros? Join some of Hollywood’s bright young stars including Neel Sethi (The Jungle Book) and Peyton List (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jessie) for this engaging workshop.

Participants aged 6-13 will get the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from GIFF panelists and will participate in acting exercises with Matt Newton, one of the most sought after on-camera acting coaches in New York City. His clients include Tony winners, Emmy award winners, Golden Globe nominees, and well known actors from film and television. VIP passholder’s children will have the opportunity to work with Matt before the workshop in a private acting session to create their audition tapes which will then be reviewed by top casting director Adrienne Stern.

These professionals will help your rising stars improve their technique, so that they can land that big part in the school play, on Broadway or on the screen. Don’t forget to exit stage left to get your selfies with the stars! This fun-filled day will be one your little ones wont want to miss!

The 2nd Annual Children’s Acting Workshop will be held Saturday June 11th at the Greenwich Country Day School’s Preforming Arts Center. Admission to this exclusive workshop is reserved for GIFF 2016 VIP Passholders and their children. Parents must accompany their children to this event. To learn more about the event, please contact the GIFF VIP Liasion Lindsey Hascher at Lindsey@greenwichfilm.org To purchase your VIP pass for GIFF 2016, click here.

We are excited to now offer a Children's Acting Workshop ticket for 1 adult and 1 child. This ticket offers admission to this amazing workshop and allows your child to learn from the best in the business. To purchase an additional child ticket, please contact Lindsey Hascher at Lindsey@greenwichfilm.org.

Children’s Acting Workshop Participants

MATT NEWTON, Founder of MN Acting Studio & GIFF Action Committee Member

Matt is one of the most sought after on-camera acting coaches in New York City. His clients include Tony winners, Emmy award winners, Golden Globe nominees, and well known actors from film and TV.

Matt is the director and writer of the upcoming film “Hide/Seek,” starring Ned Van Zandt. Also, Matt is the on-set acting coach for the hit CBS show Blue Bloods and recently coached on the film #Horror, starring Chloe Sevigny and Timothy Hutton, as well as Aziz Ansari for “Master of None.” Matt teaches workshops all over the U.S., most recently at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, and at One on One Studios in New York City.
Matt has been a professional actor in New York and Los Angeles for the past 14 years, and has appeared in dozens of television shows, films, commercials, and voiceovers.

TV roles include: Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy, Criminal Minds, Ugly Betty, Drake and Josh Go Hollywood, Gilmore Girls, All My Children, Dragnet, The Americans, Royal Pains, Miracles, JAG, Judging Amy, Family Law, Guiding Light and MTV’s Undressed.

Film credits include: Van Wilder, Men Who Stare at Goats, Dahmer (starring Jeremy Renner, and nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards), Poster Boy (starring Karen Allen and Oscar nominee Michael Lerner), The Shore (starring Ben Gazzara), A Secret Promise (starring Ione Skye) and Peace of Mind (for which he won Best Actor at the Philadelphia Film Festival).

Matt received a B.A. in Drama from Vassar College and completed a residency at the highly regarded National Theatre Institute in Waterford, CT.  Post graduation he trained with acclaimed teacher Arthur Mendoza at the Actor’s Circle Theatre in Los Angeles.

For more information on his classes and coaching, visit www.mnactingstudio.com. Follow @mnactingstudio on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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ADRIENNE STERN, Acting Coach, Producer & GIFF Executive Board Member

With top agency and management relationships, Adrienne Stern is known for working closely with Directors and Producers to secure the types of casts that open doors to major film festivals and distribution packages. Her films have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Tribeca, Berlin, South by Southwest, Seattle and many other prominent film festivals, many taking home prestigious awards.
This past year 2015 has been a busy one with both “The Nymphets” and “He Never Died” premiering at SXSW 2015. In 2014 “Lucky Them” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival after a 2013 premier at TIFF. The film stars Toni Collette, Thomas Hayden Church, Nina Arianda and Oliver Platt, and produced by Amy Hobby (Tangerine) Exec produced by Joanne Woodward. Adrienne is currently casting two films for Tangerine “Keep The Change” and an Untitled Joey Lauren Adams film.

Past films which have premiered at The Sundance Film Festival include Broken English (directed by Zoe Cassavetes, starring Parker Posey and Drea de Matteo), Adrift in Manhattan (directed by Alfredo De Villa, starring Heather Graham, Victor Rasuk, William Baldwin, and Dominic Chianese), The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (starring Natasha Lyonne, Marshall Allman, Tania Raymonde and Vince Vieluf), Girlstown (starring Lili Taylor), The Believer (starring Ryan Gosling), Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (starring Matthew McConaughey and John Turturro), Online, Bleach, and This Revolution.

Adrienne's film Elektric Children premiered at Berlin 2012 and SXSW 2012, AFM 2012, Hampton's and Woodstock 2012 Happy New Year premiered at South by Southwest in 2010 and  premiered at the 2011 Hamptons Film Festival.  2012 also included The Kill Hole starring Chadwick Boseman at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, Hellbenders premiere at TIFF, Elektric Children at Hamptons and Woodstock and Archeology of a Woman at Woodstock.

Ms. Stern most recent casting work includes “The Fixer” “Awol” “Finding Her”, “Stealing Chanel”, “The Eye’s” “The Haunted”, “Yellow Fever” “Peter and John”, “Delinquents” and the “The Broken Ones”.

Television credits include the New York casting for That 70’s Show, where she was responsible for casting Ashton Kutcher, Welcome to Greenpoint for FX and anticipated CopShow running now on L/Studio (http://www.lstudio.com/cop-show).  CopShow starring and written by Colin Quinn is currently wrapped shooting Seasons 2 and 3.

Other past projects include Electrick Children starring Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken, and John Patrick Amedori, Red Butterfly starring Diogo Morgado, William Jermaine Heredia, and Christine Evangelista, Anatomy of the Tide starring Gabriel Basso, Nathan Keyes, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life starring Mira Sorvino, Joe Pantoliano, Marian Seldes, and David Thornton, The Kill Hole starring Billy Zane, Chadwick Boseman, and Tory Kittles, Loosies written by and starring Peter Facinelli, Vincent Gallo, William Forsythe, Joe Pantoliano, and Jaimie Alexander, directed by Michael Corrente, Infected starring Michael Madsen and directed by Glenn Ciano, Inkubus starring Robert Englund, William Forsythe, and Jonathan Silverman and directed by Glenn Ciano, Mighty Fine starring Chazz Palminteri, Andie MacDowell, and Jodelle Ferland.

Ms. Stern was the Casting Director of The New York Sundance Writers Lab Reading Series from 1996-2005, and has been on both the selection committee and jury for the Gen Art Film Festival. She is a member of BAFTA, IFP, CSA, New York Women in Film and Television and Ensemble Studio Theatre. And sits on the Board of The Greenwich International Film Festival and The First Time Fest.

For more information, please go to her web site: http://adriennestern.com/ @asterncasting