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St. Albans, WV 25177

Alban Arts Academy » Educating the Artists of Tomorrow with the Artists of Today!

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Two Locations

       Alban Arts Center                   Academy East             
65 Olde Main Plaza             3624 MacCorkle Ave.
St. Albans, WV 25177           Charleston, WV 25304

12 Week Semester Starts February 21st!

All classes cost just $225 per semester.
**Some classes have additional supply fees**

Register before February 20th and get the $25 Early Bird Discount!

Receive a 10% Discount for registering for 2 or more classes within the same household.

Scholarships are available.  Forms can be downloaded HERE.  Scholarship forms must be returned to the Alban by 5:00pm on February 15th.

Online Registration costs only $25, and reserves your students spot in class.  The remaining balance will be due in person on the first day of class, or a payment agreement may be arranged as well. 

All Performance Classes will have a final presentation and must be present for Tech Week Rehearsals.  Students in these classes will meet daily the week of May 7th-13th to rehearse their showcase presentations. 

Showcase Dates and Times:

Showcase A:  May 11th @ 7:00 pm & May 13th @ 11:00 am
Showcase B: May 12th @7:00 pm & May 13th @ 5:00 pm

Saint Albans Classes

Class NameTeacherDayStart TimeEnd TimeAges/Req.Register
DirectingMarlette CarterWed.5:306:305th - AdultRegister
This class will introduce students to the leadership role of directing live theatre. Directors will learn scene analysis, blocking, and rehearsal techniques; as well as gain effective skills for communicating with actors and designers that contribute to creative and fun directing. All students will be assigned to a performance class to be an Assistant Director for the Production Showcase.
Collegiate ActingLeah TurleyWed.8:009:00Invite Only 15+Register
Fall semester 2016 & Spring semester 2017: Students learn audition & application processes for college/university & arts school auditions. Each student will memorize 4 monologues , create a resume and receive a mini headshot session with Emily Basile (photographer/graphic designer for Appalachian Artists Collective). More information and additional requirements can be found online or by contacting the Alban.
Advanced ActingLeah TurleyWed.6:457:45Invite OnlyRegister
Students learn advanced acting concepts (Meisner, Chekhov, Stanislavski, sensory awareness, Tsuzuki), script analysis, character development & professional standards & practices. Advanced actors are held to a higher standard of behavior and work ethic. The Spring 2017 semester of Adv. Acting students will work through a series of scenes and monologues by applying the above mentioned advanced acting concepts. First day of class students are required to present a 1 minute prepared monologue.
ActingAdam BryanTues.6:457:459th—AdultRegister
This course reinforces basic acting skills and moves towards a broader understanding of the subject. As individuals, students will work on creating believable characters and making strong choices, while group work will strengthen the ability to work as a member of an ensemble.
ImprovJeff BukovinskyWed.8:009:009th—AdultRegister
Students play a variety of games that improve their ability to interact within improvised scenes and think quickly on their feet. Also, a great class for students looking to have fun on stage.
Singing for Musical TheaterKenneth MorrisonWed.5:306:307th—12thRegister
This class serves as an introduction to musical theatre and basic production elements. A short musical will be rehearsed and performed with emphasis on singing technique.
Stage CombatJohn BartonTues.5:306:306th—AdultRegister
“Stage Combat is the well-choreographed illusion of violence”. Students learn the basics of stage combat & how to safely choreograph a stage combat scene. Topics covered: safety, stances & movement, armed & unarmed combat, safety, fighting styles, acting techniques, choreography, & safety. Students will choreograph & perform both unarmed & armed fight scenes as a final performance.
ImprovJeff BukovinskyWed.6:457:456th—8thRegister
Students play a variety of games that improve their ability to interact within improvised scenes and think quickly on their feet. Also a great class for students looking to have fun on stage.
Stage CraftMarlette CarterWed.6:457:456th—AdultRegister
An introduction to the behind-the-scenes world of technical theatre. Students will learn to use hand/ power tools in set construction, set painting, lighting/sound design, and prop making. They will then use their new-found skills in the practical application of creating the sets for the performance showcase. Students should be prepared for physical activity such as climbing ladders. Please have closed toe shoes, and a three-ring binder for class.
ActingJohn BartonTues.6:457:456th—8thRegister
Designed with both new and experienced young actors in mind, this class will focus on building essential acting skills while becoming more comfortable on stage. Observation, movement, character development and improvisation skills will be taught through theatre games. Relaxation and visualization exercises will be taught to help reduce anxiety. Students will gain confidence and learn to become more comfortable performing. Students will perform a short play at the end of the semester.
Classical ActingMarlette CarterWed.8:009:005th—12thRegister
“To be, or not to be“ - This class will focus on the performance and understanding of Classical Theatre (Pre-1800). The works of Shakespeare, Sophocles, Molière, and Marlowe; we will be bringing to life great monologues and comedic scenes. A great class for High School students in learning to understand Shakespeare. “All the world’s a stage,” isn’t just a saying in this class.
Intro to SewingMandy ShirleyTues.8:009:004th—AdultRegister
This class teaches students basic needle and thread techniques, then focus on basic sewing machine skills, ie. how to wind a bobbin, sew a button hole, and trouble shoot. Students can bring their own machine from home or we will provide one for you. Students will make several small projects that can be taken home over the semester.
Stage MakeupJohn BartonTues.8:009:003rd—AdultRegister
Students will learn the basics of safely and correctly applying stage makeup, from crème foundations to latex. Techniques covered will include Basic Corrective, Old Age, Fantasy, Glamour, and Special Effects. As SFX covers such a wide variety of techniques, much of the course will be focused here: building and applying latex prosthetics, cuts, burns, bruises, broken bones, embedded objects, and torn flesh (necessary for zombies). Students will create a digital portfolio of their work as a final project. **There is a $65 supply fee for students’ personal makeup kit, which they will keep.
Singing for Musical TheaterKenneth MorrisonWed.6:457:451st—6thRegister
This class serves as an introduction to musical theatre and basic production elements. A short musical will be rehearsed and performed with emphasis on singing technique
ActingAdam BryanTues.5:306:301st—5thRegister
This class gets students comfortable on stage. We explore theater basics: character, voice, memorization and confidence. Students experience acting exercises to find students’ strengths. Students will work on a short play that will be presented at the showcase. **Students must be able to read.
ImprovJeff BukovinskyWed.5:306:301st—5thRegister
This class explores different improv techniques to introduce and/or improve stage skills. Students play a variety of games to improve ability to interact within an improvised scene.
Pre-ActingCherie CowderTues.5:306:30PreK—KRegister
This class encourages use of the imagination. We introduce them to storytelling, acting and improvisation. They create stories through creative play. Students learn to memorize simple lines and use their Big Voice on stage as well. Early participation in drama develops confidence, speaking skills, social skills and serves as a great introduction to acting that begins a life-long enjoyment of creative arts.

Kanawha City Classes

Class NameTeacherDayStart TimeEnd TimeAges/Req.Register
SongwritingAlasha Al-QudwahThurs.8:009:008th-12thRegister
Have you ever wanted to create your own original song? During songwriting, students will focus on the main building blocks of melody, harmony, lyricism, and song structure to bring their music to life. We will study famous songwriters and analyze different styles of writing and producing music to create our own original song.
Rock OrchestraAlasha Al-QudwahThurs.6:457:45For instruments with 3+ years classical experienceRegister
Have you ever wanted to rock out on your instrument but don’t know the proper tools to create the sound you want? Rock Orchestra incorporates ear training, improvisation, scale study, and blues styles to learn modern music. Learn to jam on your instrument by reading chord charts, sheet music, and playing by ear through non-classical styles in music.
SongwritingAlasha Al-QudwahThurs.5:30 6:302nd-7thRegister
Have you ever wanted to create your own original song? During songwriting, students will focus on the main building blocks of melody, harmony, lyricism, and song structure to bring their music to life. We will study famous songwriters and analyze different styles of writing and producing music to create our own original song.
Beginning Bass 2Neil CurryWed.8:009:007th - 12thRegister
In this class students will be taught how to read music. The Instructor will use Hal Leonard book 1, 2, 3, as well as teaching music theory using john Brimhalls complete. Students will learn how to switch chords smoothly and how to practice. Students will be taught how to play songs of their choosing that will be performed at the end of the semester for the performance showcase.
Beginning Guitar 2Neil CurryWed.6:457:457th - 12thRegister
In this class students will be taught how to read music. The Instructor will use Hal Leonard book 1, 2, 3, as well as teaching music theory using John Brimhall's complete. Students will learn how to switch chords smoothly and how to practice. Students will be taught how to play songs of their choosing that will be performed at the end of the semester for the performance showcase.
Beginning BassNeil CurryWed.5:306:301st - 6thRegister
In this class students will be taught how to read music. The Instructor will use Hal Leonard book 1, 2, 3, as well as teaching music theory using john Brimhalls complete. Students will learn how to switch chords smoothly and how to practice. Students will be taught how to play songs of their choosing that will be performed at the end of the semester for the performance showcase.
Beginning GuitarNeil CurryWed.4:155:151st - 6thRegister
In this class students will be taught how to read music. The Instructor will use Hal Leonard book 1, 2, 3, as well as teaching music theory using John Brimhall's complete. Students will learn how to switch chords smoothly and how to practice. Students will be taught how to play songs of their choosing that will be performed at the end of the semester for the performance showcase.
AnimationJacob FertigTues.5:306:304th - 12thRegister
This class is an exciting introduction to the fundamentals of animation. The focus is to gain hands-on practice of a variety of traditional animation techniques. The class will take a look at Cel Animation, Stop Motion Animation, Cut­Out Animation, Claymation, Dynamation, and Sand Animation. *Required that students have an iPad or iPhone to be able to take pictures/ download apps on. **MATERIALS FEE: $30
Stage MakeupMarlette CarterTues.5:306:305th - AdultRegister
Students will learn how to apply makeup for the stage to themselves and others. The class will begin with the basics of application, shadow, highlight, color etc.; and then will progress into more advanced techniques like old age, fantasy, cuts and bruises, animal faces and more. There is a **$65 supply fee for students’ personal makeup kit, which they will keep.
ImprovAdam BryanWed.6:457:451st - 6thRegister
Students play a variety of games that improve their ability to interact within improvised scenes and think quickly on their feet. Also a great class for students looking to have fun on stage.
ActingAdam BryanWed.5:306:301st - 5thRegister
This class gets students comfortable on stage. We explore theater basics: character, voice, memorization and confidence. Students experience acting exercises to find students’ strengths. Students will work on a short play that will be presented at the showcase. **Students must be able to read.
Puppet ConstructionJacob FertigTues.8:009:003rd - AdultRegister
Design, discuss, and build puppets for stage or film performance. This class takes a look at a variety of techniques in building anything from expressive hand puppets to life-size manipulatives for performance pieces. **MATERIALS FEE: $30
Pre-ActingJan JohnsonThurs.5:306:30PreK - KRegister
Early participation in drama develops confidence, improves communication, increases imaginative play and develops social skills while serving as an introduction to the creative arts. This fun and creative class will teach young children the basics of acting, story-telling, improvisation and stage directions all through the use of creative play.
Intro to SewingMandy ShirleyTues.5:006:004th - AdultRegister
This class teaches students basic needle and thread techniques, then focus on basic sewing machine skills, ie. how to wind a bobbin, sew a button hole, and trouble shoot. Students can bring their own machine from home or we will provide one for you. Students will make several small projects that can be taken home over the semester.
DirectingMarlette CarterTues.6:457:455th - AdultRegister
This class will introduce students to basic skills involved in directing for live theatre. Various approaches to directing for the theatre will be studied which involve; knowledge of terminology, blocking, and rehearsal techniques. Students will gain understanding of scene analysis, and develop effective skills for communicating with actors and designers that contribute to effective, creative and fun directing.
ImprovAbigail MiskowiecThurs.6:457:457th - 12thRegister
Students play a variety of games that improve their ability to interact within improvised scenes and think quickly on their feet. Also a great class for students looking to have fun on stage.
ActingAdam BryanWed.8:009:006th - 8thRegister
This course reinforces basic acting skills and moves towards a broader understanding of the subject. As individuals, students will work on creating believable characters and making strong choices, while group work will strengthen the ability to work as a member of an ensemble.
Beginning ProgrammingJacob FertigTues.6:457:453rd - AdultRegister
A course that is equally based on knowledge and hands on tasks which looks at the make­up, function, and history of hardware and software computing. The capstone of this course is that students will write a text­based word game in Python programming language. Recommended for beginners, with absolutely no prior programming knowledge required. *Required that students have either an iPad, Macbook or PC Laptop to download compiler software. **MATERIALS FEE:$10
ActingAbigail MiskowiecThurs.5:306:309th to AdultRegister
This course reinforces basic acting skills and moves towards a broader understanding of the subject. As individuals, students will work on creating believable characters and making strong choices, while group work will strengthen the ability to work as a member of an ensemble.
Singing for Musical TheaterKenneth MorrisonTues.5:306:307th-12thRegister
This class serves as an introduction to musical theatre and basic production elements. A short musical will be rehearsed and performed with emphasis on singing technique.
Classical ActingMarlette CarterTues.8:009:005th-12thRegister
“To be, or not to be“ - This class will focus on the performance and understanding of Classical Theatre (Pre-1800). The works of Shakespeare, Sophocles, Molière, and Marlowe; we will be bringing to life great monologues and comedic scenes. A great class for High School students in understanding Shakespeare. “All the world’s a stage,” isn’t just a saying in this class.
Singing for Musical TheaterKenneth MorrisonTues.6:457:451st—6thRegister
This class serves as an introduction to musical theater & basic production elements. A short musical will be rehearsed and performed with emphasis on singing technique.