History

Acorn Productions presented its first show in September of 1995 under the umbrella of Oak Street Theatre. Since that time, the company has experienced steady growth in audience size and artist compensation, becoming an independent 501(c)3 company in August of 1998 and hiring its first member of Actor’s Equity Association in March of 2000. During the 2000/2001 season, Acorn Productions collaborated with Friends of St. Lawrence on renovating the parish hall of the St. Lawrence church and opened the new theatre with a presentation of Much Ado About Nothing in May of 2001. After that time, Acorn Productions went into production hiatus until December of 2003, when the company returned with a series of four successful events at the Portland Performing Arts Center. Since that time, Acorn has focused on events that enable project directors to establish long-term relationships with performing artists and playwrights, establishing a popular and eclectic series of annual events that appeal to a broad range of the community.  In the fall of 2006, the company moved into the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook and created Acorn Studios, a low-cost complex of rehearsal and performance space for use by members of the performing arts community. Acorn’s residency at the Dana Warp Mill ended in May of 2014.