Acorn Workshop "On Stage"

Sunday, Jun. 02 | 12:00pm ET (11:00am CT)

Want to master a natural stage presence and develop practical mic and performance techniques? In this  workshop we will look into the underlying causes of stage fright and how to conquer that uncomfortable feeling. Further we will explore what it means to have a professional attitude and gather tips for collaborating with venues in a professional manner.

Participants will have stage time and should come prepared with a reading, poem or song to perform. There will be time to work with each participant allowing the group to watch and listen in an attuned way, assisting in the process.

Whether you are seasoned, wanting to brush up on skills or a beginner looking to find your own persona and voice in performance you will walk away with some useable skills and knowledge.

Your Instructor:

Patti Shaffner is a veteran of stage performance, theater direction with over 30 years in musical and theatrical performance. Patti has garnered awards for acting, directing and songwriting and has a patient and understanding “NO MISTAKE” way of working with individuals and groups. She is well recognized for an ease on stage, engaging the audience and inviting them into an intimate relationship that shares more than merely a performance.

Workshop is from 12:00-5:00pm ET and includes lunch.

An Open Mic will follow at 7:00pm ET, Workshop participants are invited to join!

(Workshop is limited to 10 participants).

Workshop runs 12:00-5:00 pm ET
Starts 12:00pm, doors open 11:30am

An Experience to Outlast Any Performance

No two Acorn performances are exactly the same.  Thoughtful curation brings a diverse mix of top talent to The Acorn, exposing audiences to both renowned and soon-to-be-discovered stars.


About The Acorn

The Acorn brings great known performers and amazing new ones to southwest Michigan.  Located in the historic featherbone factory, The Acorn’s friendly staff and volunteers, and an acoustically rich sound system combine for memorable experiences. We’re located in Three Oaks, Michigan …  just over an hour from downtown Chicago and 30 minutes from South Bend, IN.

The Acorn, a nonprofit organization, annually hosts a singer songwriter competition and a Spectacular Tournament of Playwrights. Our Open Mic nights showcase a variety of strong talent and our educational workshops include songwriting and master classes in performance.

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