All classes and workshops are suitable for ages 16 and up.

All participants in the in-person winter 2022 Acorn classes must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the first class session in order to participate.

Please note that tuition payments are non-refundable unless we have to cancel the class or the class has to move to an online-only format due to public health considerations

Stacey Bader Curry

In-person workshop at Mayo Street Arts in Portland
6 weeks, Mondays, March 7 thru April 11; 7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Stacey Bader Curry
All students: $125.00

If you are a fan of the Moth or other storytelling shows and podcasts, then this class is for you. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to identify and shape personal experiences into well-structured stories that will wow your audience. We’ll listen to examples of performances from a diverse cadre of storytellers, engage in oral and written prompts, and learn techniques and approaches that will allow you to confidently perform your story in front of an audience. The course will culminate with a class show where you’ll get to share your polished 6-minute story with classmates and invited guests.


STACEY BADER CURRY is a storyteller and writer living in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Stacey has studied creative writing at the 92nd Street Y, The Kenyon Review Summer Writers’ Conference, and the MFA program at the New School. She began storytelling in 2016 and has since won eight Moth story slams, a Grand Slam, and has performed on stages across the country, including PBS’ Stories From the Stage, Sound Bites, and Yum’s the Word with Mo Rocca. You can hear her stories on The Moth Radio Hour, Maine Public, and many podcasts. As much as Stacey enjoys taking to the stage to tell her own stories, she loves to help others discover their own stories because she believes that everyone has a great story to tell!

Rachel Flehinger

In-person workshop at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Portland
6 weeks, Tuesdays, March 8 thru April 12; 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Rachel Flehinger
All students: $125.00

In this class, for all levels of acting ability, you will hone or learn to: make strong choices, develop detailed characters, and trust your instincts. By the end of the workshop, you will have at least one monologue to use for auditions. A great choice for anyone with a little bit to a medium amount of stage experience, or who has previously taken Acorn’s “Acting for Ordinary People” workshop.


RACHEL FLEHINGER studied acting at George Washington University and Brooklyn College, as well as at The Michael Howard Studio with Larry Singer. She has also studied with renowned teachers such as Anatole Fourmantchouk (Russian Academy of Theatre); Eloise Watt (Riverside Shakespeare Company), Jim Calder, David Matthew Prior and Chuck Jones. Rachel has been teaching acting in Maine as well as in New York for more than 20 years, and is excited to be back at Acorn. Since beginning teaching, she has had the privilege of seeing her students on film, Broadway, and stage throughout the country, and on television as well.

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