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On-Camera for the Experienced Actor

Starts February 7

In-person. 4 sessions: Tuesdays, February 7-28, 6:30-9:30pm

Fine tune your on-camera abilities with industry vet Matt Bailey (“The Path,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Jersey Boys,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”as we work in front of the camera using real audition materials from New York and Los Angeles. Learn how to best serve the character on the page, the story, and yourself.

Participants should come prepared with a 1- to 2-minute monologue (or scene with 2+ copies of sides) for the first session. Choose any material that you enjoy and connect with – this will help guide the instructor in choosing materials for following sessions. Previous acting experience is highly recommended, but not required, and students will be expected to memorize materials.

Course Outline

Session 1

  • Why are you here?
  • What the heck is acting: Mandates and misconceptions
  • Do some acting: Work on pre-prepared materials

Session 2

  • Why what you are feeling doesn’t matter and why what you are feeling is everything
  • Manipulating the frame, and manipulating yourself
  • Do some more acting – assigned sides / watch playback

Session 3

  • Auditioning: You’re looking at this wrong
  • Expectations: The scary people on the other side of the table
  • Do even more acting – assigned sides / watch playback

Session 4

  • Turning pro: Being on set, and being a person
  • Yet another chance to act – assigned sides / watch playback
  • What it means to be an artist


  • Provide an environment for actors to try new things and fail…all in a fun, safe space 
  • Become the capable artist you want to be

NOTE: this in-person course is held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. FilmNorth is following CDC’s current COVID-19 variant guidance for Ramsey County:

  • People may choose to mask at any time. Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or at high-risk for complications associated with COVID-19 variants.
  • People with any COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should stay home.
  • Masks are available for students who need them (one per student per class).

Tuition: $275 regular | $215 member | $170 low-income

Matt Bailey has been acting professionally for over twenty years. His award-winning career spans cow barns to Broadway, appearing in theatre, television, film, commercials, industrials and concerts. After graduating from the University of Arizona with two BFAs, Matt spent the next decade and a half working out of New York City. He has performed in over 30 states, appeared On and Off-Broadway, in national tours, and has been spotted on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO/Max, CBS, FOX, Hulu, Bravo, The Food Network, MTV, and ESPN among others. His onscreen credits include “Boardwalk Empire,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Path,” “Incompleteness,” SET IT UP, AWAY WE GO, KENDRA & BETH, SOLD OUT, ONLY DANCE CAN SAVE US and many more. He has collaborated with CES Las Vegas, the MGM Grand, Toshiba, Country Financial, Southern Comfort, Sam’s Club, and United Healthcare.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




February 7 @ 6:30 pm
February 28 @ 9:30 pm
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4 sessions: Tuesdays, February 7-28, 6:30-9:30pm