It’s not too late to join Naked Shakespeare

This fall Naked Shakespeare is offering a free series of Monday night training workshops open to any are actor interested in learning more about working with Shakespeare text in performance. The company meets from 6:30 to 9pm every Monday night in the third floor ballroom in Mechanics Hall in downtown Portland. Sessions are led by Naked Shakespeare’s Founding Director Michael Levine. For more information, please email us at

Naked Shakespeare workshops begin Monday

If you are planning on attending our first Naked Shakespeare workshop on Monday, September 22nd, please bring a (continuous) selection of your favorite lines from Shakespeare.  These should be verse (only) and between 6 and 12 lines (no more please).  They should represent a complete thought or thoughts and can be from a character of any gender or age. More than one actor can work with the same text, so no need to let us know in advance what text you are bringing.

We strongly recommend you wear loose fitting comfortable clothes and bring a pencil or pen, as well as a water bottle (there is no water source easily accessible other than the bathroom sink).

We have only 12 yoga mats, so please bring one if you have one as well.

If you cannot make this first meeting, but still want to be a part of the workshops, please email us if you have not already.

If you are not certain if you want to attend or not, keep in mind that we are not thinking you are making a commitment for the entire three and a half months simply by attending this first session.  Come check it out, and we can always chat after if you have questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday at 6:30pm at Mechanics Hall–519 Congress St.  Please meet us outside the building and arrive on time, as the doors will be locked if you arrive late.

MPF is now accepting scripts

The 2015 Maine Playwrights Festival, now in its fourteenth year developing new scripts by Maine-based playwrights, welcomes your submissions for this year’s edition of the state’s largest incubator for world premiere pieces. Daniel Burson, the former Literary and Education Director at Portland Stage Company, joins returning Founding Director Michael Levine as MPF co-Artistic Directors. Performances take place in May at the St. Lawrence Arts Center on Munjoy Hill in Portland.

Click here for more information and an application

Naked Shakespeare workshops begin Monday, Sept. 22

Director Michael Levine encourages any local actor interested in working more closely with Shakespearean language to attend our Monday night workshops that run from 6:30pm to 9pm weekly on Monday nights at Mechanics Hall in downtown Portland. These free workshops encourage ensemble work that enables us all to learn from one another as we explore some of our favorite selections in the canon. Naked Shakespeare will be forming a new Ensemble after the first of the year with actors from the Monday night workshops. Methodology to be explored each week includes exercises utilized by Shakespeare and Company, Kristin Linklater, John Barton, Cicely Berry, and the Viewpoints group. More information is available by clicking on the links on our website. Please email us at if you would like to attend.

Read more about these workshops here

Daniel Burson brings his talents to the MPF

We are thrilled to announce that Daniel Burson has joined us as the co-Artistic Director of the Maine Playwrights Festival.  Dan was previously the Literary & Education Manager of Portland Stage and in that role he developed and ran numerous new play programs, as well as curating many editions of the Little Festival of the Unexpected.  Dan and MPF Founder Michael Levine expect to announce application information about this year’s edition of one of the state’s most enduring opportunities for local playwrights.

Read more about Daniel Burson here

Acorn launches Mechanics Hall fundraising campaign

Acorn Productions and the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association (MCMA), the non-profit organization that owns and operates Mechanics Hall, located at 519 Congress Street, have announced the details of our campaign to open the third floor ballroom space in the historic Arts District building for public performances.  Be certain to check out all the details on our website!

Link to Mechanics Hall video and news story in the Bangor Daily News

Link to story in the Portland Daily Sun