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The Brownstone Class: On-Camera Workshop

Our Story

The concept of an in person on-camera acting class where scenes were filmed on multiple professional cinema cameras with professional audio and lighting was conceived by Owner and Executive Director Adam Smith in early 2020. Needless to say, the dream would have to wait. 


In 2015, Adam began shooting self tape auditions for his friends in exchange for them helping him when he needed to tape his auditions. During the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020, Adam augmented the focus of his already established photography business to include video production. His niche would be in taping actor auditions and demo materials for singers. 


As the pandemic restrictions were relaxing in New York City, Adam reached out to friend and actor, Lucas Van Engen, who had an already established acting class online. Equipped with Adam's studio space and filming knowledge and with Lucas' loyal students; they co-founded what would become known as The Brownstone Class. (Adam's studio is the second floor of a Hell's Kitchen brownstone.) 


The Brownstone Class had its first in person class on June 2, 2021. For over a year, the two brought new and experienced actors into an encouraging and inspiring ongoing on-camera workshop. Adam continues to lead the class as Executive Director along with his soon to be wife, Lorna.

Executive Director


Adam Smith Jr. is very proud to be a multi-discipline artist whose career accolades include a collection of work on film and television, and as a coach and academic, cinematographer, photographer, director, and theatre producer. Most notably as an actor he has appeared in a variety of Off Broadway and regional productions as well as on acclaimed TV shows such as The Blacklist, Billions, City on A Hill, and HBOs Divorce.


His passion for education has led him to create opportunities for young aspiring artists who are eager to pursue a career via his advanced on camera acting class, The Brownstone Class, and his full service photography, videography, and personalized actor coaching company, Adam Smith Headshots. More recently, he has been sharing his talents with local universities and arts academies. 


Based in New York City for the past 25 years, he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and a Masters of Science in Speech Communications He is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is a former student of the late Paul Sills.

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