We are excited to let you know about some exciting changes we are planning for the 2018/19 season, and to ask for your support to assist us in implementing these changes.
As you know, Acorn has spent the last 19 years training actors, collaborating with other non-profits to bring historic spaces into new uses, and building community between artists and theater producers. As part of our work, we helped to build the Parish Hall Theater at the St. Lawrence and more recently assisted in renovating and re-opening Mechanics Hall for public use. We have stimulated the creation of hundreds of new plays through the Maine Playwrights Festival and introduced dozens of actors to the joys of speaking Shakespeare’s language in performance.
We are pleased to announce that we will once again be moving into our own studio space in the fall of 2018. Over the past two years, offerings at our Acorn Acting Academy have expanded to the point that we have outgrown the classroom at Mechanics Hall. Renting our own space will provide us with the opportunity to offer even more programming for the community, including the re-introduction of classes for children and teens, along with the chance to partner with other theater companies in need of rehearsal space. The training program for Naked Shakespeare will remain at Mechanics Hall, where we will also continue to offer larger workshops that require more space as well as the occasional performance.
Our 20th anniversary season will not only feature the expansion of our educational programming, but also the return of the Maine Playwrights Festival which will continue to provide more community outreach through playwrighting classes in our new home, as well as the introduction of an ongoing play reading series. We are also revising and polishing our recent Apocrypha show featuring several plays recently thought to be partially written by Shakespeare. This piece will be touring to libraries, retirement communities, and institutions of higher learning next winter and spring. The 24-Hour Portland Theater Project will return in a new space, and Naked Shakespeare is currently in the midst of plans for a new season that draws on the company’s roots in the Wine Bar.
We are asking for your financial assistance with this next step in the company’s development. Your contribution represents a vote of confidence in the importance of nurturing the arts in our community, and each dollar raised will go towards creating our new home.
Thank in you in advance for your support, and look for an announcement late this summer about Acorn’s new space!
Michael R. Levine, Board President, Acorn Productions
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.