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BIG REASONS to enroll your child in an arts program:

Young people who consistently participate in comprehensive, sequential and rigorous arts programs are:

  • Four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • Three times more likely to be elected to class office at school
  • Four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair
  • Three times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • Four times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

SOURCE: Americans For The Arts





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Meet Our Teachers

Adam Bryan is the Director/Manager of the Alban Arts and Conference Center. He graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2005 with a bachelors of arts in theatre. He has since then been working in the professional theatre world at a variety of places such as Tecumseh! and Theatre West Virginia. Adam has taught theatre classes in a variety of subjects, and is building the Alban Arts Academy to instill his love of the arts in as many children as possible.

Leah Turley is the Creative Artistic Director for Appalachian Artists Collective, Theatre Educator for Explore and Soar at The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and adjunct theatre faculty at Marshall University. Turley earned for Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Performance at UNC-Greensboro in 09’. Leah continues to work regionally as an actress and recently earned her Actors’ Equity Union membership in May of 2014 at Triad Stage as Mabel in Brother Wolf.

A Summer of ARTS Workshops







Auditions Made Easy

Kenneth Morrison
Adam Bryan
Leah Turley


to 5:00

16 & up


Auditions can be a scary part of theatre for most; this workshop will focus on all aspects of the theatrical audition to give performers the confidence they need to land the parts they want.  Students will split their days between acting, music, and movement.  Acting will focus on the monologue  and dry reading a well as how to create developed characters on the fly.  Music will focus on finding the perfect audition song, as well as vocal coaching to help you succeed at your next musical audition.  Movement will help students create a 10 minute physical warmup,  eradicate nervous physical movement, as well as exploring character through physicality  and how to access “deep breath”.  Students will learn the tools and develop the confidence to nail their next audition.

Playwriting 101

Mike Murdock


11:00 to 1:00
& 2:00 to 4:00

16 & up



Local playwright Mike Murdock will be teaching a class designed to help aspiring writers find their voice, characters and stories and mold them into the finicky world of live theatre. This week long class will focus on dialogue, character arc and what makes something dynamic or dramatic enough to put in front of a live audience. Final pieces will be presented at the Arts Resources for the Tri-State New Works Festival 2015 in December in Huntington and performed by ARTS Company members. If you've ever wanted to give playwriting a try, now is your chance!

Scene Study:

Leah Turley

June 20th

10:00 to 5:00

12 & up



Scene study, exploring through genre.  Greek/Roman/ancient texts, Shakespeare, Farce/slapstick, Absurd theatre, Midcentury modern, and Contemporary American.

Each section, or scene style, will be explored through sensory awareness concepts, Meisner and Chekhov.  Students will work in cooperative groups exploring characterization,
character relationships, physicality, constructive criticism and “circle of attention.”

Singing for Theatre

Kenneth Morrison


10:00 to 11:30

18 & up


This intensive, performance-based workshop will focus on fundamentals of singing for musical theatre and opera while paying careful attention to details such as historical period, technique (classical and modern), and style.  Components of musicianship such as working with an accompanist, singing harmony (small group/chorus singing), and solo singing will be covered as well as much more!

Script Analysis: Advanced

Leah Turley

June 27th

to 3:00

12 & up



Students will learn to analyze dramatic text through operative word, verb work, color coding, Suzuki,
super objective, physical super objective and talking/listening.

Basic Music Theory for Dummies

Kenneth Morrison

June 28th—July 3rd

to 3:00

11 and up



The intent of this class is to expose and teach basic concepts of music theory including basic music reading skills, dynamic and articulation symbols, concepts of harmony and chord, identification of pitches on a keyboard instrument, sight-singing, and rhythm.  The course is largely geared toward actor/singers but anyone may benefit from this study.  The text used is fun and “user-friendly”.


**A copy of the text will be provided to each student to use in the workshop and keep for further learning in the future.  **





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The Alban Arts and Conference Center is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations to the Alban Arts and Conference Center are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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About Us

The Alban was built in 1938 as a Movie House.  It has since been renovated and is now called the Alban Arts and Conference Center.  The Alban now seats 206 in its fixed theater seats and can hold up to 250 people.

The Alban has two conference rooms and a full kitchen in addition to the main theater space.  The Alban houses community theatre productions, arts instruction, an art gallery, a full size movie screen and a stocked concession stand.

The Alban can be rented for a variety of events including but not limited to parties, conferences, concerts, weddings, pageants and much more.

The Alban Arts and Conference Center relies upon community partners and volunteers to make its stage come alive with enjoyment for audiences. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, any donation made payable to the Alban Arts and Conference Center is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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