Acorn is excited to have begun our 2016/17 season of events, our second in our new home at Mechanics Hall in downtown Portland, and our 17th year of nurturing the performing arts in Greater Portland. As a non-profit organization, we rely partially on donations from the community to keep our programs viable, and to that end, we are asking for your financial support of our current season.
Since our inception in 1998 as a spin-off from the old Oak Street Theater, Acorn has been a tremendous catalyst in the community, introducing scores of actors to life on stage, training dozens of actors to work with Shakespeare’s language, developing hundreds of new plays, and inspiring artists to create new collaborative projects. We have also collaborated on the re-births of both the Parish Hall Theater at the St. Lawrence Arts Center and more recently the Ballroom at Mechanics Hall. It is not understatement that Acorn has been a vital part of the artistic renaissance that has seen an explosion of theatrical activity over the past decade.
As part of our ongoing institutional growth, we conducted an audience survey last spring that resulted in a new draft mission statement with a new focus on our educational programming:
Acorn creates a dynamic and fun hub of theatrical activity featuring a community of nurturing local theater artists dedicated to educating and engaging students of all ages and levels of experience. We challenge impassioned actors with master level training that stretches actors to help them grow and stretches their ability to act and interpret heightened language. All our programs are open and inclusive, focusing on new work by emerging playwrights, as well innovative and accessible performances of Shakespeare that focus by immersing the audience in the live theater experience.
Acorn not only encourages the growth of individuals, but also offers a unique set of performances for the public, including Naked Shakespeare First Fridays, the 24-Hour Portland Theater Project, and our Maine Playwrights Festival. We are excited to welcome as part of our new staff member Carmen-maria Mandley, who has joined us as Director of Training, along with MPF Artistic Director Daniel Burson and 24-Hour Project Curator Megan Triapldi.
As we begin our new season, we are asking you to consider supporting our work with a tax-deductible contribution by using the Paypal button below.
You can also mail your check (made out to Acorn Productions) to us at the following address:
Acorn Productions, P.O. Box 4644, Portland, ME 04112
All contributions, no matter what the size, will help us to move forward with our plans for the coming year.
Your support over the years has truly made a difference in our community, and we thank you for your support.