Fall Acting Classes

Stretch your acting muscles this fall at the Acorn Acting Academy!

Our classes and workshops begin in September and are suitable for ages 16 and up


taught by Michael Levine

Want to continue your acting studies? Feeling rusty or a bit out of practice on your basic acting techniques? This class will focus on strengthening your ability to make playable choices and heighten emotional intensity in your work on stage. In each session, the instructor will help you to refine your ability to find beats, play subtext, create believable emotions, use tactic play to achieve your objectives, engage in cold readings, and express objectives through physicality. The class is designed for actors of all levels of ability.

Tuesday nights from 7 to 9pm

(begins Sept. 25 and meets for 8 sessions)

$190 new student/$160 returning/$95 college student

Actors Workshop – new student
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Actors Workshop – returning student
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Actors Workshop – college student
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taught by Michael Levine

If you are a lover of Shakespeare and want to learn the power of his poetry in performance, join us for this introductory course for actors and academics alike! Students will begin with a general review of how to read and understand his language, continuing through a course of study in imagery, meter, rhetoric, and many other devices Shakespeare uses to bring his characters to life. Select students from this class will be invited to continue their studies in Naked Shakespeare’s acting conservatory on Monday nights this winter. No acting (or Shakespeare) experience necessary!

Mondays nights October 15 to November 12

(begins Sept. 17 and meets for 5 sessions)
(class runs 6 to 9pm on 10/15 – 6 to 7pm all other Mondays)


$90 new student/$80 returning/$50 college student

Intro to Shakespeare – new student
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Intro to Shakespeare – returning student
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Intro to Shakespeare – college student
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taught by Daniel Burson and Michael Levine

Students in the class will write and workshop one-act plays working with a veteran dramaturg and Acorn’s Producing Director. Each session will include a review of fundamental concepts of playwrighting from Artistotle to the present, as well as practice in the craft of developing tension, creating dramatic action, and discovering strong dialogue. A great way to polish a script in advance of the November 26 deadline for submissions to the Maine Playwrights Festival. Writers of all experience levels are welcome!

Saturdays from 10am to 12:30pm

(begins 10/13 and runs for 6 sessions)

$160 new student/$140 returning
meets at the First Parish on Congress St in Portland

Playwrighting – new student
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Playwrighting – returning student
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taught by Jared Culverhouse and Lindsey Higgins

At this workshop, two experienced teaching artists will guide participants through preparing for auditions, careful selection of material, and developing characterizations. Many of us have taken an acting class, or been in a play, but haven’t worked in a while. Oftentimes fear can be overwhelming. Come join us for our 4 hour intensive that will focus on cold readings, monologues, and various techniques to handle the rigors of auditioning. This versatile workshop is suitable both for the new actor eager for more experience and the seasoned veteran ready to advance their career. This workshop covers it all!

Saturday, November 3 from 10am to 2pm 

$60 new student/$45 returning

Auditioning – new student
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Auditioning – returning student
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All classes take place at Mechanics Hall in downtown Portland except as noted

**Please note that tuition payments are non-refundable unless we have to cancel the class**

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Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Check back soon as the Acorn Acting Academy will be moving into a new home in January of 2019 and will have an expanded series of classes this winter!