"Connecting with the Camera: The Keys to Delivering Truthful Acting on Camera," a two-day workshop, will cover 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 and relatable, where to focus, eye lines and audition techniques, while using professional acting scripts.
At the end of the workshop, participants will receive a digital copy of their work.
The workshop will take place on Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Porretta, a native Darienite, has spent much of his professional life alternating between Broadway and Los Angeles. His big break came when cast in the role of Marius in the national tour of "Les Miserables," eventually landing on Broadway. He subsequently earned the part of Will Scarlet O'Hara in Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood: Men in Tights," and Brooks recast him in his next film, "Dracula: Dead and Loving It."
Soon after, he landed a recurring role on "90210" playing Dan Rubin. Porretta returned to Broadway where he played Count Ludovic in the original production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's "Passion." After returning to Los Angeles, he starred in the title role in TNT's "The New Adventures of Robin Hood."
Sadler is a Juilliard-trained actor who has worked in film, television and theater for the past 20 years with Barry Levinson, Joel and Ethan Coen, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Danny Glover, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Elizabeth Ashley, among others. As a writer and director, his work has aired on HBO, Cinemax and Canal Plus, and screened at Denver, Slamdance, Deauville, Hamptons and Sundance International Film Festivals.
Sadler is the founder of Present Actor Workshop. As an educator and private teacher, he has helped students and professionals at all stages of their career in theater, film and television.
"The camera is the unseen character that the best actors know how to play with, keeping it invisible and the performance intimate," he said.
"We use an approach that is both technical and organic to develop the tools to best attain this balance. This is a fun and engaging experience that takes the mystery out of the work."
Class size is limited, so early registration is recommended. For information or to register, visit arts.darien.org or call 203-655-8683.