"Theater" piece on the rise and fall of the Oak Street Theatre (OST), with a pro
"Theater" piece on the rise and fall of the Oak Street Theatre (OST), with a profile of Michael Levine, who with his wife, Elizabeth Buchsbaum, created the small venue in a run-down Portland building in 1994. They formed a resident company called Acorn Productions and took on some teachers from an acting school that Portland Stage Company was shutting down. When the OST board was pressed financially to disband the school and production company and become a rental theater, Levine took the school and founded Acorn School for the Performing Arts in 1998. The theater recently lost the lease on its building and is closing. Though Levine regrets the closure of the theater, which he later rejoined, he has no plans to resurrect it. His mission lies with the school--training working actors, introducing the community to performing arts, and getting funding to reach underserved populations. Details on the school.
Acorn School for the Performing Arts Portland, Oak Street Theatre Portland, Theaters Portland, Levine, Michael
Ursu, Anne, ""Theater" piece on the rise and fall of the Oak Street Theatre (OST), with a pro" (2000). Maine News Index – Portland Phoenix. 131.