New Canaan resident, Nick Sadler is a Juilliard trained actor who has worked in film, television, and theater for the past 20 years with such esteemed artists as Barry Levinson, Joel and Ethan Coen, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Danny Glover, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas, and Elizabeth Ashley, among many others. As a writer and director, Nick’s work has aired on HBO, Cinemax, Canal Plus, and screened at film festivals such as Denver, Slamdance, Deauville, Hamptons, and Sundance International Film Festivals. He has founded Present Actor Workshop, with the mission of helping actors at all stages of their development.
Although film and television projects continue to bring him to Los Angeles, New Canaan is where Nick is happy to call home. He lives in New Canaan with his wife GiGi New, a screenwriter and founder of New Way Writer, and their seven-year-old son Cooper, who attends East School. They moved here 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.”
As part of Nick’s connection to the community, he heads the Conservatory and College Audition Program at The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan. “It’s a true privilege to have this dedication to the development of young artists, led by working professionals, in our town,” says Sadler. In addition to his duties at The Conservatory, Nick leads a Playing Shakespeare Workshop at The Summer Theater of New Canaan. He’s taken immense joy in working with the students, many of whom have been accepted into the finest acting programs in the country.
Nick will also be co-teaching with Matthew Porretta of Darien, an intensive 2-day workshop at the Darien Arts Center on September 28 and October 5. “Connecting with the Camera: The Keys to Delivering Truthful Acting on Camera”, will cover invaluable techniques and trade secrets for performing on camera in film, television, and commercials. 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. "This is a fun and engaging experience that takes the mystery out of the work," says Nick.
Nick thoroughly enjoys being part of the local community and has a great appreciation for being able to nourish his professional career, call New Canaan home, and inspire local aspiring actors. He feels that “There is nothing so rewarding as being a part of a student’s development.” To enroll in the acting workshop at the Darien Arts Center with Nick Sadler, or for more information, go to arts.darien.org or call the DAC at (203) 655-8683.
Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Theatre, & special events & live theatre performances by DAC Stage. Private donations, grants, tuition fees & ticket sales fund the DAC, which is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For further information, call (203) 655-8683 or visit arts.darien.org.