Alban Arts Center
Cultivating and bolstering our community by providing a premier artistic outlet, to educate and foster the artists of tomorrow through the collaboration and demonstrations of our artists today.
The Alban Arts Center is a small arts organization in the heart of downtown St. Albans. Located within the historic Alban Theater, originally built in 1938 as a movie house, the Alban Arts Center provides a wide array of artistic opportunities for St. Albans and the surrounding community within its intimate 225 seat theater. Primarily focusing on the performing arts, the Alban produces 4-6 productions every year, in addition to hosting several other theatre companies and touring productions. The Alban, as a small and energetic organization, can segue from large, family oriented casts to intimate and intense dramas in the course of their season; and even produces an annual Shakespeare in the Park at St. Albans City Park. The Alban also hosts concerts, movies, and a variety of other performances throughout the year.
In addition to producing and hosting theatrical productions the Alban Arts Center also houses the Alban Arts Academy, a twice yearly extra-curricular academy that has provided artistic education to the greater-metro area, since 2010. Academy classes include Acting, Improv, Musical Theatre and much more. All classes are taught by local artists, and over 1,000 students from 7 counties have traveled to St. Albans for their arts education needs. Every spring and fall semester the Alban Arts Academy offers 15+ classes and awards scholarships to students that may need them.
Adam Bryan has been involved in the arts as long as he can remember. He has worked for professional theatres such as Theatre West Virginia, where he played Dave Morgan in Honey in the Rock and various roles such as Jim Vance and Devil Anse Hatfield in the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s, as well being a performer and road manager for the educational tours that TWV offers to the great state of WV. He has performed in anything he could since he was a small boy. Now being much “bigger” he is the Director/Manager of the Alban Arts and Conference Center. He spends his days trying to find a way to offer artistic experiences to the community and provide artistic opportunities for artists.
Adam in Brilliant Traces at the Alban.
Marlette is an extremely active participant in the community local theatre and artistic groups with experience as a volunteer and in technical positions since moving to WV in 1997. These WV companies include Kanawha Players, Charleston Stage Company, Theatre West Virginia, Academy of Arts at January’s, Limelight Theatre, Appalachian Artist Collective, the Angevin Players and others. As well as being the business manager, she enjoys directing local productions, and teaching aspiring thespians at the Alban Arts Academy. She has been an instructor with the Alban Arts Academy in Classical Acting, Technical Theatre Application, Directing and Adult Acting. Her directorial credits with the Alban are: Rock of Ages, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Bell, On the Worst Day of Christmas, Bell, Book & Candle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antigone, and Richard III. Her favorite onstage roles include: Vanda Jordan – Venus in Fur with Alban Arts Center; Whitney – A Piece of My Heart with Fragile Works Theatre; Bertha Rochester – Jane Eyre, Helena – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Fool – King Lear, and Sally Bowles – Cabaret, all with Charleston Stage Company. Her affiliations include; President of Alpha Psi Omega WVSU 2002, member of the National Thespian Society, member of the National Rose Society