Acorn Productions is resuming in-person acting and playwriting classes in fall 2021. 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 fall 2021 Acorn acting and playwriting classes must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the first class session in order to participate.

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, and after-school High School Playwrighting program and Middle School Monologues program in partnership with area schools.


Current Classes

Acorn Productions is resuming in-person acting and playwriting classes in fall 2021. 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 fall 2021 Acorn acting and playwriting classes must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the first class session in order to participate.


FREE INTRO TO ACTING
September 25, 2021 10am-12pm

NARRATIVE/LONG-FORM IMPROV
Wednesdays, beginning September 29, 2021

ACTING FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE
Tuesdays, beginning October 5, 2021

PLAYWRITING: 7 MORE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SCRIPT STAND OUT
Thursdays, beginning October 14, 2021

NARRATIVE/LONG-FORM IMPROV
Wednesdays, beginning September 29, 2021

ACTING FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE
Tuesdays, beginning October 5, 2021

PLAYWRITING: 7 MORE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SCRIPT STAND OUT
Thursdays, beginning October 14, 2021