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