ACORN PRODUCTIONS

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 304 Westbrook ME 04098 USA

Mission: Promoting performing arts

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As a member of the teaching faculty,it has been a rewarding experience to work in this theater company, because the level of programs offered ,range from beginner to professional working classes.The students have so many opportunities open to them, from taking part in staged readings to auditoning for productions, and so much more.It is wonderful to be a part of such a team so dedicated to making the arts accessible and affordable to the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Teaching and performing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication and comraderie of the staff and students

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fantastic

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

An award winning theatre company and a state of the art, teaching facility

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have enjoyed watching Acorn Productions grow over the years and with it, a group of skilled and well-rounded actors. I feel that Acorn, with its acting school as well as its festivals, including the New Playwrights' Festival, the Cassandra Project (women's plays specifically), Phyyzgig (festival of Physical Comedy) and the Naked Shakespeare company have all brought a high standard of theater arts to the Portland community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

openness to new learning, new styles, new approaches, new playwrights. I find Mike Levine to be extremely visionary in the ways in which he involves the community in Acorn, and Acorn in the community. He has consistently brought quality work to the area

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a serious touring company for Naked Shakespeare, maybe tour the Pyzgig show, not sweat the rent every month, have a larger performance space in the downtown Portland area

Ways to make it better...

I'd like to see more Acorn members with professional technical training for the needed tech jobs. They usually hire out, but it would be great to train a core group of theater technicians from the inside.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have taken several playwrighting classes there with an focus on improvisation. In the three years since my first classes I find I have been well served and very appreciative of the skills I learned there

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Crafting my plays and their performances around the country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My 12 year old son has been attending classes at Acorn for over two years. He has thoroughly enjoyed his time there, and has learned a lot about acting. The instructors have been wonderful and supportive! The summer camp is great, and offers a rewarding experience with other kids who also have the acting bug. I can't recommend it enough!! It's a great asset to the community.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful, supportive and full of encouragement. Working with young children is difficult, and they do it so well and graciously!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Acorn Productions came along and filled a void in an arts starved area of Westbrook, Maine. They offer a wide variety of acting classes for both children and adults ranging from beginner to classically trained thespians. Whether you desire an intimate studio performance, a night with Shakespeare or attending a playwright's premiere, Acorn Productions will surely entertain you.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more people, produce more events and expose more people to the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Acorn is a wonderful company that gives everything back to the community. Very few theater groups in southern Maine do the work that Acorn is doing. With their acting classes and the Acorn Auditions they are a vital member of the Portland theater scene.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with them on Naked Shakespeare.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to be seen by 12+ theater companies at Acorn's combined auditions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very knowledgeable and helpfull.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of theater in Portland and make every company a better place to work for.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Acorn is an innovative company that supports its actors and the arts. With a vision that is unique and true, they bring quality entertainment to the community. I have appreciated the diverse ways Acorn Productions has brought joy, learning opportunities and fun to everyone.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being immersed with Shakespeare in a unique and accessible way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

MORE FUNDING.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

THAT THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Supportive, knowledgeable, open and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more with its amazingness.

Ways to make it better...

there were more funding. MUCH MORE.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, venues to play in.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have worked closely with Acorn on the Maine Playwright's Festival and found them to be passionate and dedicated in presenting powerful stories and unforgettable characters. Their efforts to reach out to the community through the stage (and other venues) result in exposure to important ideas and values that bring us closer as a community through the shared experience. I have found Acorn to be professional and passionate in all regards, and strongly recommend spending some time with them. An Acorn experience will remain with you long after the curtain falls and the lights fade out.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning the ins and outs of theater production, from auditions to final performance.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their passion for expression and desire to share that with the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic in all regards. Knowledgeable, friendly, anxious to make each experience unforgettable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to the community on a massive scale: more classes, more productions; quite simply, their passion would be free to roam, and we would all be the better for it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Acorn Productions is the only theater group in southern Maine that supports the theater community in an inclusive and productive fashion. I have taken acting, auditioning and playwriting classes at Acorn and they have experienced and fabulous instructors. The Maine Playwrights Festival is one of a kind here in Maine and the only place I have found truly thought provoking theater since my return. Naked Shakespeare brings 'high art' to the pubic like no other group in the area. Acorn's regular staged readings of local playwright's work, their audition newsletter, their kid's programs and phyzigig and hosting an annual auditioning event are just some of the ways they nurture theater artists of all ages and levels of experience. I would be bereft living here in southern Maine without this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending their classes, staged readings and productions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have to think about this one ..........

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

New and socially relevant scripts and productions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, experienced, welcoming and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Support theater artists of all ages and at all stages of theater production. Expand the type of live theater offered here, where diversity and social relevance is generally lacking. Provide more performance spaces for companies who don't have their own.

Ways to make it better...

they were a bit more pro-actively open to non-core participants becoming involved in their stagings and productions.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Recognition and funding because they are not an equity company (with those artistic limitations).

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope to be able to work with Mike Levine on my own production in the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have worked with Acorn as a performer, a volunteer and now a Board Member. Acorn's commitment to supporting the theatrical arts community is unparelleled. I started my relationship with Acorn through it's Maine Playwright's Festival. I had taken a long hiatus from theatrical pursuits and found this opportunity to be a wonderful way of getting my feet wet again. My experience with the Festival was incredibly positive and rewarding. Acorn brings together passionate and talented individuals who have a deep desire to make quality theater accessible to the public. Programs like Naked Shakespeare help draw in audiences who might otherwise never experience live theater. I cannot reccomend Acorn Productions highly enough.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting children excited about theatrical arts. Acorn's summer camps and children's classes offer excellent opportunities for children to develop a love of live theater.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the inclusiveness of the organization. Acorn makes theater accessible to many individuals. It does not intimidate or deter.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, experienced and knowledgable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Exponentially increase the positive impact it has on the self-esteem of children who participate in its programs. Develop more opportunities for up and coming talents to showcase their work. Create more theater for the people of Greater Portland.

Ways to make it better...

the was more funding to support programs!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding funding opportunities, getting the word out about programs and getting better community involvement.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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