All classes and workshops are suitable for ages 16 and up and take place at Acorn Studio528 Main Street in South Portland

**Please note that tuition payments are non-refundable unless we have to cancel the class**
College student rate requires valid, current college ID.

Gift Certificates Available

Intro to Acting – FREE class!

Come experience what acting classes are all about in a FREE workshop hosted by Acorn faculty Jared Culverhouse. Whether you are curious to know how an actor thinks or are wondering if an actor’s life is for you, we invite you to come to the Acorn Studio to participate in a series of acting games and theater exercises that will introduce you to many common acting terms. No experience necessary, but pre-registration required.
Saturday, January 11th, 11am-1pm

When: Saturday, January 11, 11am-1pm
Instructor: Jared Culverhouse
Cost: FREE!

All winter classes are scheduled with an extra week to accommodate possible snow cancellations.

Acting for Ordinary People

An introductory course for everyone! If you’ve ever wondered what an actor does, this is the class for you! This class creates a fun and safe environment for beginning students looking to gain confidence in their public presentation skills while taking some first steps into acting. Students in the class will use monologues to explore the basic choices an actor must make while working on a role. The emphasis will be on doing — students will be performing in class regularly throughout the semester. No experience necessary

When: Saturdays, January 18-February 22, 11am-1pm
Instructor: Jared Culverhouse
Cost: $160/$190/$95

New Student $190
Returning Students $160
College Rate $95

Voice Technique

This class will be an introductory course for actors who would seek guidance on the proper use of the stage voice. Through the teachings of Kristin Linklater and others, students will learn various techniques and tools to build more vocal confidence, manipulation and freedom. Use of physical theater, vocal exercises and scene study will be the foundation of the course.

When: Mondays, January 13-February 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Tess Van Horn
Cost: $190/$160/$95

New Student $190
Returning Student $160
College Student $95

Imagination & Instinct

Learn to be SPONTANEOUS and AUTHENTIC in this informative exploration of the spirit that infuses every performance…IMAGINATION & INSTINCT!
Teacher Al D’Andrea and his students will use a variety of games, exercises, techniques and improvisations to take an in-depth look at how to develop a strong and fluid imagination and hone the actor’s instinct to bring spontaneity and authenticity to the actor’s work.

Much of the teaching comes directly from Al’s studies with stage legend Stella Adler.

The workshop is ideal for experienced actors who seek to master their use of this important element of stagecraft, while beginning actors receive a strong foundation in understanding the many and varied aspects of these critical tools in the actor’s arsenal.  The class is open to all, ages 16 and up. 

When: Tuesdays, January 14-February 25, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Al D’Andrea
Cost: $150

The Actor’s Toolbox

Using theater exercises drawn from a variety of well-known techniques, the instructor will provide students with the opportunity to learn by doing. Each class will be focused on a particular methodology, allowing students to find which styles work best for them providing a survey that establishes the foundations for memorable stage work. This class is designed for actors of all levels of ability and class size is kept small to ensure individualized instruction.

When: Wednesdays, January 15-February 26, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Cost: $190/$160/$95

New Student $190
Returning Student $160
College Student $95

Advanced Scene Study

This class is for the more advanced actors that have taken an Intro to Acting and Acting II or the Actor’s Toolbox class. This class will be a scene study with other experienced actors focusing on script analysis, character development, and creation of character. If you are a very experienced actor interested in taking the course and have not completed the above mentioned requirements please contact Jared Culverhouse at and we can discuss your fit in the class. This class will culminate in a showcase for the public at the end of the course.

When: Thursdays, January 16-February 27, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Jared Culverhouse
Cost: $160

Gift certificates are available toward an Acorn class.