Acorn Acting Academy Faculty

DANIEL BURSON

Daniel is the Artistic Director of the Maine Playwrights Festival. He has developed and directed new plays for theaters including Penobscot Theatre Company, Mad Horse Theatre, Saco River Theatre, Boston Playwrights Theater, and Portland Stage Company, where he was previously Literary & Education Manager. Other Maine credits include the world premieres of One Blue Tarp at Penobscot Theatre and Legbala Is A River at Mayo Street Arts, as well as productions at Portland Stage, Penobscot Theatre, AIRE, Dramatic Rep, and Deertrees Theatre. He is also a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

JARED CULVERHOUSE

Jared Culverhouse is the founder of Working Man’s Clothes Productions, a theater company which he started in 2005 in New York. Working Man’s Clothes Productions has produced works by playwrights including Romulus Linney, Bekah Brunstetter, Samuel Brett Williams, and Chisa Hutchinson. Working Man’s Clothes was instrumental in getting new plays seen and published. As an actor Jared has been seen in multiple productions including To Nineveh (Best Ensemble NYIT Awards), Derby Day (Clurman/Theater Row), and New Country at the Cherry Lane Theater. Jared received his BFA in Acting from Texas State University and his MFA in Directing from UMass Amherst. As an educator Jared has worked at The New York Film Academy and the Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. This summer his devised piece 8X10, dealing with the effects of solitary confinement, was seen at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

LINDSEY HIGGINS

Lindsey is the Producing Artistic Director of 60 Grit Theatre with a hunger for physical and devised theatre. She recently directed the Maine premier of Sarah Kane’s Blasted and devised Unsinkable, an original piece created by 60 Grit. Lindsey received her MFA in Theatre Directing from East 15 Acting School where she spent two intensive years studying and directing devised and adapted theatre under the tutelage of Mathew Lloyd. Her work has been produced regionally and academically at Etcetera Theatre (London UK), The Drayton Arms Theatre (London UK), Theatre Madness Festival (London, UK), University of Southern Maine, East 15 Acting School, Portland, ME, and Seoul, South Korea. Lindsey served as the Artistic Director of Seoul Shakespeare Company in South Korea from 2010 – 2014 and has worked as a Teaching Artist for Wintergreen Arts Center, The University of Southern Maine Theatre Academy, and Seoul Shakespeare Company.

MICHAEL LEVINE

Michael Levine is the founder and Producing Director of Acorn Productions, as well as the Artistic Director of the Naked Shakespeare series. He has been teaching acting classes at Acorn for almost 20 years as well as directing several dozen productions for Acorn. He has also taught acting and playwrighting at SMCC and the Stonecoast Writing Program and written several plays for Acorn, including The Dybbuks of Park Slope and The Legend of the Golem. He is a graduate of M.I.T., where he studied playwrighting with A.R. Gurney, as well as acting with Kristen Linklater, and Shakespeare and Company, and he is a certified secondary school English teacher.