Specialty Classes

Fill your toolbox with weekend workshops this winter 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


CREATIVE OWNERSHIP INSIDE SHAKESPEARE: Devising Your Path as an Artist

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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CRAFTING YOUR ONE-ACT PLAY

taught by Michael Levine & Daniel Burson

Students in the class will have the chance to have their works-in-progress work-shopped by a veteran dramaturg and Acorn’s Producing Director. Each session will include a review of fundamental concepts of playwriting 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  submissions to the Maine Playwrights Festival. Authors of all levels are welcome.

January 18th – February 8th  (4 weeks)

Thursday nights from 6pm-9pm – $125 new students/$100 returning

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Crafting Your One-Act Play – New Student
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 Crafting Your One-Act Play – Returning Student
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YOGA FOR ACTORS

taught by Dana Wieluns Legawiec

This workshop consists of a 90-minute yoga class followed by a practicum in which students will connect their yoga practice to the creation of character. Students will explore how principles of breath, alignment, symmetry and balance can be crafted to create physical characterizations for the stage. Archetypes of Warrior, Lover, Demon and Sage will be explored. Actors are welcome to bring monologues they’re working on. A class for experienced actors with all levels of yoga experience (including beginners). Led by Dana Wieluns Legawiec, registered yoga teacher and Physical Theatre Artist.

Saturday, January 27th from 10am to 1pm – $45

Yoga for Actors
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BUILDING A CONFIDENT VOICE

taught by Bess Welden

Developing one’s speaking voice into a powerful tool provides actors and other professionals with the ability to communicate in a manner that ensures your audience will hang on your every word. Your voice can be your greatest asset if properly cared for, and this class will help you learn some basic exercises to build into your daily practice. During this 3-hour overview, students will practice centering their breathing, expanding their awareness of their articulators and resonators, and understand how posture can affect one’s ability to speak with conviction and confidence. Suitable for students of any level of experience

Saturday, February 24th from 10am to 1pm – $45

Saturday from 10am to 1pm

Building a Confident Voice
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DIRECTING WORKSHOP

taught by Lindsey Higgins

The student of literature, the actor in rehearsal, the production designer – each reads the same play with a different set of eyes, and each brings a distinctive set of skills. This workshop, a balance of directorial script analysis and hands-on stagecraft, invites participants to read, see, and animate a script through the eyes of the director. Combining table work, floor exercises, and demonstrative scene samples, we will explore the basic building blocks of life on the stage: text analysis and script preparation, concept formation, storytelling through stage pictures, rehearsal tactics, and communicating with actors. Previous directing experience is not required.

February 3 – February 24th(4 weeks)

Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm – $125 new students/$100 returning

Directing Workshop – New Student
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 Directing Workshop – Returning Student
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INTRO TO ECCENTRIC PERFORMING

taught by Avner Eisenberg

Eccentric Performing is one of the most personal and paradoxical of theater forms: It can be ingenious or dim-witted, skillful or blundering. It can have a sharp verbal wit or be completely silent. It can be extremely silly while pointing out the failure of society. Above all Eccentric Performing is funny! Students will learn to create and maintain, rapport with any audience, use breath to increase your comfort on stage, and to heighten the emotional impact of your performance, and use problem solving to create comedy out of ordinary activities. This 10-hour introduction to the world of Eccentric Performing is open to performers of all experience levels.

Sunday, Feb. 4 from 10am to 4pm and Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 10pm – $200

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Intro to Eccentric Performing Workshop
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