New Canaan resident Nick Sadler, a Juilliard-trained actor who has worked in film, television and theater for the past 20 years, is leading an acting workshop at the Darien Arts Center.

As a writer and director, Sadler's work has aired on HBO, Cinmax and Canal Plus and screened at the Denver, Slamdance, Deauville, Hamptons and Sundance International film festivals. In his career, he has worked with Barry Levinson, Joel and Ethan Coen, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Danny Glover, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Elizabeth Ashley, among others.

He has founded Present Actor Workshop with the mission of helping actors at all stages of

their development.

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Although film and television projects continue to bring him to Los Angeles, New Canaan is where Sadler calls home. He is married to GiGi New, a screenwriter and founder of New Way Writer, and they have a 7-year-old son, Cooper, who attends East School. They moved to town in 2008 after several years in Los Angeles.

"When we started our family," we knew that we wanted to raise our son in a small town with a generous community spirit. We feel so fortunate to have that here in New Canaan," Sadler said.

As part of Sadler's connection to the community, he heads the Conservatory and College Audition Program at the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan.

In addition to his duties at the conservatory, he leads a Playing Shakespeare Workshop at the Summer Theater of New Canaan. He's taken joy in working with the students, many of whom have been accepted into the finest acting programs in the country.

Sadler will also be teaching an intensive two-day workshop at the Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road, on Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 with Matthew Porretta, of Darien. "Connecting with the Camera: The Keys to Delivering Truthful Acting on Camera" will cover techniques and trade secrets for performing on camera in film, television and commercials; the fundamentals of acting on set; audition techniques and more, while using professional acting scripts.

"This is a fun and engaging experience that takes the mystery out of the work," Sadler said.

For information about the workshop or to enroll, visit or call 203-655-8683.