Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person Acting Academy functions are on hiatus. Acorn will offer a limited slate of remote-learning workshops in the fall and winter of 2020-21. We will reassess in 2021 if in-person classes can safely resume.

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.


Philosophy

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, training for teen and adult actors wishing to learn how to work with Shakespeare’s language, and an after-school High School Playwrighting program in partnership with area schools.


Current Classes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person Acting Academy functions are on hiatus. Acorn will offer a limited slate of remote-learning workshops in the fall and winter of 2020-21.

Playwriting: Structure & Storytelling
Wednesdays, beginning October 21, 2020