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FALL 2014



August 26, 2014

Five GREAT BIG REASONS to enroll your child in an arts program:

Did You Know?

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

* 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement

* 3 times more likely to be elected to class office at school

* 4 times more likely to participate in a math or science fair

* 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance

* 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

SOURCE: Americans For The Arts



Fall 2014
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Fall 2014


Parents Please Read

Course tuition covers the entire 12-week semester as well as supplies that may be needed for each class. Students may fall behind or lose out on opportunities if they do not keep regular attendance. The final week of the semester (November 9 - November 14) will be tech week and performing arts classes and some technical classes will meet everyday for tech rehearsal. Final presentations will be held on Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14 to showcase what students have learned and accomplished. On Saturday, November 15, 2014, we will hold our bi-annual OB Awards to reward students for their hard work and dedication. Tuition must be paid in full by the second class of the semester unless a payment plan has been set up with the administrative offices at the Alban. Call 304-721-8896 to set up alternate payment options. Parent volunteers are greatly appreciated for help during tech week and the night of the performances. Please contact Adam Bryan or the Alban Offices if you are interested in helping.









Fall 2014
Alban Arts Academy
Paige Chapman
5:45 6:30 3 — 6 This class encourages use of imagination. We introduce them to storytelling, acting and improvisation. They create stories through creative play. 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.

Acting 1 Adam Bryan TUE 5:30 6:30 6 — 11
(must be able to read)
This class gets students comfortable on stage. We explore theater basics: character, voice, memorization and confidence. Students experience acting exercises to find students' strengths.

Acting 2 Adam Bryan TUE 6:45 7:45 11 — 16 This class reviews the basics of stage acting: parts of the stage and acting to the fourth wall. Students learn how to develop rich characters with wants, needs and aspirations. Students receive the tools to break down their scripts and find context for character based in the text. Students discover the actor that lives in us all and how to best harness their own natural talent, culminating with a final presentation at the end of the semester.

Acting 3 Adam Bryan
TUE 8:00 9:00 16 and up Designed to further principles and fundamentals of acting focusing on in-depth character analysis with overviews of various theatrical methodology including the Stanislavski System, the Strasburg Method and the Meisner Technique. Emphasis is placed on classical theater interpretation, characterization and presentation.

Marlette Carter
WED 6:45 7:45 Audition only. Prerequisite of at least one semester of acting at the Alban Arts Academy.

This class is designed to get students working like a professional performer. This is an ongoing class that will produce at least one show per year with the intention of touring the production. Students will learn a full show and are trained how to handle themselves in a professional manner as a performer.

Advanced Acting
Leah Turley
Invite Only
Explore the foundation of the craft of acting through the work of Constantine Stanislavski (the foundation of all acting methods), Sanford Meisner (spacial awareness and sense memory), Michael Chekhov (script
analysis), Tasashi Suzuki (movement) and Sensory Awareness Concepts (embodiment, movement). Students will learn advanced acting concepts to examine monologues and scenes ranging from Euripides and
Sophocles (Greek drama and comedy), Shakespeare (verse, iambic pentameter), Shaw, Moliere' and Coward (period styles), Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, William Inge and Eugene O'Neill (contemporary
American theatre) and Teresa Rebeck, Adam Rapp, Tracy Letts and Paula Vogel (postmodern theatre). Join us to hone your craft and sharpen your instincts. 

Improv 1 Jeff Bukovinsky WED
6:45 7:45 6 — 11 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.

Improv 2 Jeff Bukovinsky TUE 8:00 9:00 12 and up 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 who are looking to have fun on stage.

Improv for Adults





18 and up

This class will be covering everything from the basic to advanced rules of improvisation. Great for first timers and experienced improvers looking to hone their skills.

Improv Troupe Jeff Bukovinsky WED
Invite Only An invite-only class for more advanced students who have taken at least one or more class in improv. Student will hone their skills to be performance ready, and may be presented with touring possibilities.
Movement for the Stage
Marlette Carter
10 and up
This class focuses on the actor's awareness of their own body and spatial awareness of others on stage.
Student will work on increasing understanding of character physicality including strength, posture, walk and gestures in order to move naturally (or un-naturally) while acting. Empahsis will be placed on pantomime, mask work and commedia dell'arte. Students 10 and up, students are asked to wear comfortable clothes for movement.
Singing for
Musical Theatre
8 and up
This class will develop students’ abilities as singers in the theater, based on individual skills to be assessed in a basic audition/voice testing procedure prior to class start- NO prior experience required. The students will explore the history of musical theater and its repertoire.
Acting For Film
& Filmaking          
Jenna Skeen
11 and up
This class will help students become familiar with the basics of acting for film as well as the basics of filmmaking. This includes film genres, camera shots, angles, movement, basic film equipment and basic preproduction and postproduction requirements. Final presentation will be a short film produced and acted in by the filmmaking class.
Directing Leah Turley
12 and up
This class introduces students to basic skills involved in directing for live theatre. Various approaches to directing will be studied: terminology, blocking, and rehearsal techniques. Students gain understanding of scene analysis and develop effective skills for communicating with actors and designers that contribute to effective, creative and fun directing.

Stage Makeup Marlette Carter
WED 8:00 9:00 8 and up Students will learn how to safely and effectively apply makeup 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, beard creation and more.
There is a $50 supply fee for students personal makeup kit which they will keep.

Props and Sets
Brian Barth
8 and up
This class will go over basic painting and sculpture with and emphasis on creating scenery and props for the stage.  Students will make props out of foam, papier mache, wood, and various other mediums.  Students will learn to repurpose and refurbish older pieces to make them into new stage props and decorations. 
Students will also learn to paint on a large scale, focusing on skills such as perspective, shading and highlight, symmetry, and color values, etc.  This class is the perfect introduction to technical theatre for the
visual artist that enjoys painting, sculpture, and working with various mediums.

Brian Barth
8 and up
Drawing will cover basic and intermediate techniques, exercises, and projects to strengthen the artists ability to both render successful drawings as well as perceive subject matter.

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Meet Our Teachers

Brian Barth is a certified pre-kindergarten to adult art educator working in Kanawha County. He received a bachelors degree in art education from Marshall University and recently completed a Masters in Educational Communications from WVU. Mr. Barth is a practicing artist who focuses on painting and sculpting. Mr. Barth has been teaching workshops and private lessons to students of all ages for seven years in addition to being a full-time classroom art teacher.

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.

Jeff Bukovinsky was trained at Marshall University and Capital High School.  He is a veteran of more than 40 productions and a founding member of the No Pants Players ( WV’s premier improvisational comedy troupe) with whom he has performed for more than eleven years. Jeff and several members of the troupe will be teaching the improv classes.

Marlette Carter is the business manager for the Alban Arts Center.  She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from WVSU, and has worked over forty productions in the local area either as an actor, prop master, stage manager or director. Her most recent credit is director of Richard the Third for the Alban Arts Center.

Paige Chapman graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Interior Design.  She also attended clown college and has worked as a professional clown.  She has spent the past several years costuming several productions in the area including the Alban’s recent production of The Wizard of Oz.  Paige is a WV birth to 3 service coordinator working with  children 3 years old and younger who have developmental delays or special needs.

Jenna Skeen is the owner of Midnight Justice Films, a Charleston based film company and a director at Loved Ones In Home Care. She graduated from West Virginia State University with a bachelors in Communications with an emphasis in theatre. She has performed in theatre since the age of 11 around the Charleston area. She has been featured in multiple performances at WVSU including Hairspray in which she was Tracy Turnblad. She recently made her Alban debut as Queen Eurydice in Antigone and recently became one of the newest members of the No Pants Players.

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.














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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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