Darien Arts Center Brings Back 'Connecting With The Camera'

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The Darien Arts Center will host a youth acting program workshop called “Connecting with the Camera: The Keys to Delivering Truthful Acting on Camera” starting in February. Photo Credit: Courtesy Darien Arts Center

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Arts Center will host a youth acting program workshop starting Saturday. 

The program “Connecting with the Camera: The Keys to Delivering Truthful Acting on Camera” promises to provide a unique opportunity for burgeoning actors in middle school and high school to study with professional actors Matt Porretta and Nick Sadler. The program is an intensive two-day workshop. The workshop will cover invaluable techniques and trade secrets for performing on camera in film, television and commercials, representatives said.

"Participants will learn the fundamentals of acting on set, including being believable, being relatable, where to focus, eye lines, audition techniques, and much more, while using professional acting scripts," a press release said. "Fun and insightful real world stories from veteran actors Matt Porretta and Nick Sadler compliment the learning experience."

Matt Porretta, a Darien native, has perormed on Broadway and in Mel Brooks’ "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." Nick Sadler is a Juilliard trained actor who has worked in film, television, and theater for the past 20 years. 

"The camera is the unseen character that the best actors know how to play with, keeping it invisible and the performance intimate. We use an approach that is both technical and organic to develop the tools to best attain this balance," said Sadler. "This is a fun and engaging experience that takes the mystery out of the work."

The program will take place at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1 and 8 at the Darien Arts Center. Class size is limited and early registration is recommended. For more information, or to register, visit the Darien Arts Center website.

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