Spring Acting Classes


No matter what your level of experience, we have a class for you!

We welcome students ages 16 and up in our weekday evening classes, which begin the week of April 2nd

(All classes take place at Mechanics Hall in downtown Portland and run for 8 weeks unless otherwise specified. **Please note that tuition payments are non-refundable unless we have to cancel the class.)

Wondering which class is right for you?  Click here for FAQs.

Payment plans available–click here to download a registration form


ACTING FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE 

taught by Jared Culverhouse

An introductory course for everyone! If you’ve ever wondered what an actor does, this is the class for you! This class creates a fun and safe environment for beginning students looking to gain confidence in their public presentation skills while taking some first steps into acting. Students in the class will use monologues and open scenes to explore the basic choices an actor must make while working on a role. The emphasis will be on doing — students will be performing in class regularly throughout the semester. No experience necessary!

Saturdays from 10am to noon

$190 new student/$160 returning/$95 college student
(begins April 7 and meets for 8 sessions)

Acting for Ordinary People – new student
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THE ACTOR’S TOOLBOX 

taught by Michael Levine

Using theater exercises drawn from a variety of well-known techniques, the instructor will provide students with the opportunity to learn by doing. Each class will be focused on a particular methodology, allowing students to find which styles work best for them. A survey class that reinforces the foundations of memorable stage work. The class is open to students of all levels of ability.

Mondays from 5:30 to 7:15pm

$190 new student/$160 returning/$95 college student
(begins April 2 and meets for 8 sessions)

The Actor’s Toolbox – new student
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The Actor’s Toolbox – returning student
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The Actor’s Toolbox – college student
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IMPROVISATION 

taught by Keith Anctil

If you like “Whose Line is it Anyway?” then this is the class for you! Students will learn and perfect several popular improvisational comedy forms in order to think better on their feet. A great class for actors hoping to find a way to exist more in the moment on stage. Students will spend time performing short form games, short form narrative and long form narrative improvisation with a focus on building characters and creating/accepting offers.

Thursdays from 6 to 8pm

$190 new student/$160 returning/$95 college student
(begins April 5 and meets for 8 sessions)

Improvisation – new student
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Improvisation – returning student
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Improvisation – college student
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ACTING II 

taught by Jared Culverhouse

This class focuses on continuing to develop your acting skilling in a creative and nurturing environment. Students will use both scripted monologues and improvisational scenes to work on listening, giving and reacting to your fellow actors while sharpening your ability to tap into your instinct, make stronger choices, and heighten emotional intensity in your stage work. To take this class, students must have either taking Acting I (or its equivalent) or have similar experience on stage.

Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30pm

$225 new student/$190 returning/$112.50 college student
(begins April 3 and meets for 8 sessions)

Acting II – new student
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SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE 

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 to working with his language. Naked Shakespeare’s Artistic Director Michael Levine will guide students through a course of study in imagery, meter, rhetoric, and many other devices Shakespeare uses to bring his characters to life. A prerequisite for any actor wishing to be a part of Naked Shakespeare’s ongoing series of performances. No acting experience necessary!

Mondays from 7:30 to 9:15pm

$190 new student/$160 returning/$95 college student
(begins April 2 and meets for 8 sessions)

Shakespeare in Performance – new student
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