Studying with Marc Clopton gave me the courage to bring to life the characters I had read through and visualized in decades of being an English Major and careful deep reader. My imagination could express itself. It helped me open up to express my feelings and introduced me to some other wonderfully open people. We all blossomed together and would not have known each other without this studio.
The Actors Studio of Newburyport and its founder Marc Clopton have cultivated the arts community in Newburyport for years, training actors and other theater people, producing high quality work, and providing a venue of good theater and other arts performances. The Actors Studio of Newburyport, however, provides more than just training and a place to be. It is the focus of an extensive community, with fans from Maine down to Boston, that collaborate, perform, write and learn together and then extend their influence through playwrighting and performance to places all across this country. Without that focal point, the work of building culture can be a lonely one and more apt to die than flourish. We are an enviable community, and it is due to the work of the Actors Studio.