Acorn Productions operates a training school for actors of all ages and levels of experience. Our training focus is twofold: to spark and nurture creativity, and to provide practical knowledge of skills and techniques to people interested in acting who haven’t had formal training.


Acorn strives to provide a quality, progressive experience for actors and playwrights of all experience levels and ages. In a safe, inclusive environment we offer a variety of classes, ranging from one-time Master Classes to Once-a-week classes to Weekend Intensives. Workshops in acting and playwriting have been a cornerstone of Acorn’s programming since our earliest years. With a skilled, compassionate faculty we continue to consistently bring Southern Maine adult theater classes that push, engage, invite, and illuminate.

Acorn Acting Academy believes that the strongest acting occurs when actors are living truthfully in the moment on stage. Our methodology is influenced by many performance techniques, including the improvisational work of Viola Spolin and the voice work of Kristin Linklater. Beyond any one instructor or technique, our program is always grounded in scene work and collaboration with other actors; learning and making artistic choices together. Our goal is to provide actors with the tools they need to succeed in Greater Portland’s active theater community.

In addition to the classes in our general acting curriculum, Acorn offers development for playwrights through classes and our annual Maine Playwrights Festival, and after-school High School Playwrighting program and Middle School Monologues program in partnership with area schools.

Current Classes

Acorn Productions has resumed in-person classes. While we recognize that some community members will opt not to participate in in-person classes at this time, we believe we can best fulfill our mission to welcome and train theater artists by being in-person.

All participants in Acorn classes held in-person must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the first class session in order to participate. Masking during classes is optional.

See all our class offerings for the current term on the classes page.