Specialty Classes

Fill your toolbox with weekend workshops this fall at Acorn!

A series for students ages 16 and up wishing to work on a specific aspect of their craft

Workshops run as specified at Mechanics Hall in downtown Portland
Please note that tuition payments are non-refundable unless we have to cancel the class

Payment plans available–click here to download a registration form


taught by Max Waszak 

This is a class about body intelligence and it’s great for all experience levels. Whether newbies or vets, all participants will gain a fresh perspective on theatrical violence and grow as movers. We will demystify this discipline by exploring how our daily movements (sports, dance, walking down the street, etc.) relate to combat. We’ll take a look at historical martial principles and how they draw from our connection to the elements and how they hold true no matter what kind of weapon you wield.

Saturday, September 16 from 10am to 4pm
($55 per student)

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Grounded Fighter
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taught by Tess Van Horn 

Explore and experiment with Viewpoints! This form of physical theater, created during the 1970’s experimental theater scene in New York, helps to create exceptional ensemble work and can be used to generate original theater pieces. This workshop will be focused on physical exploration through group exercises, games and guided movement and will be an opportunity for each actor to explore and discover their own emotional and physical spectrum. Solely based on play and experimentation, Viewpoints has the potential to widen an actors ability to discover a deeper vulnerability, encourages risk taking and creates powerful trust. Actors of all levels willing to experiment and play are encouraged to participate. Please dress in comfortable clothing suitable for movement.

Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 from 10am to 1pm
($65 per student)

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taught by Daniel Burson and Michael Levine 

Students in the class will have the chance to have their works-in-progress workshopped by a veteran dramaturg and Acorn’s Producing Director. Each session will include a review of fundamental concepts of playwrighting from Aristotle to the present, as well as practice in the craft of developing tension, creating dramatic action, and working with the unique form of the play. A great way to polish a script in advance of the December deadline for submissions to the Maine Playwrights Festival. Authors of all levels are welcome.

Saturdays from 10am to 12:30pm
(meets for 4 consecutive sessions beginning October 7 – $125)

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Crafting a One-Act Play
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taught by Jared Culverhouse 

Auditioning can be very nerve-racking even for a seasoned actor, but learning to love the process is an important part of preparing to be a professional. This workshop offers a look at some basic techniques for commercial and cold reading auditions that can help actors to stand out, be noticed, and bring their best selves. No preparation required, just show up ready to work. Sides will be provided. This workshop is open to actors of all levels and abilities.

Saturday, October 14 from 1pm to 4pm – $35

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Audition Techniques
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taught by Christopher Beaulieu 

Artistry requires creative ownership—caring deeply and taking personal responsibility—for why, how, and what you put into the world. Actively define your artistic practice through personal identity, intention, and it’s impact. Utilizing Shakespeare as a creative playground, we’ll explore making space for individual interpretation and relevance through ferocious play, mindfulness, and ensemble techniques. The only way to make unique art is to own what makes you unique. Active class— Lets Play!

December 15 to 17  – $250

Friday from 6 to 9pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm

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Creatively Independent Workshop
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