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ArtPlay, the education and outreach initiative of UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, endeavors to educate, inspire, and nurture creative growth and self-expression in people of all ages by providing innovative arts education programming in a collaborative and holistic environment.


Dave Clemmons is Back!

ArtPlay is excited to announce the second musical theatre intensive with Dave Clemmons.  With the success of last year’s intensive, which ended with a wonderful theatre packed trip to New York City, ArtPlay is glad to have Dave back with us for another year.

ArtPlay’s Yearlong Musical Theatre Intensive with Dave Clemmons

Dave Clemmons, casting agent, Broadway performer, musical theatre coach, and vocal director, will offer a Musical Theatre intensive for 10 talented students identified through auditions at the Alys Stephens Center’s ArtPlay.

Coaching will be available for students in grades 6 -12.  Four week end workshops will take place throughout the year. During workshops students will focus on techniques including auditioning skills, college audition prep, performance technique, song interpretation, pop and rock influences on musical theatre, the business of acting, and overall artistic growth.

As a fitting finale to the intensive, the group will travel to New York City during the week of March 29th, 2015 to meet with Broadway veterans including performers and casting agents, and see Broadway performances.

The cost of the program will be $1000 + NYC travel expenses.

Students will be selected through a preliminary audition on Thursday, September 11 and Friday, September 12 at the ArtPlay house from 5:00pm to 8pm (Audition times can be scheduled by emailing Chosen students will then audition for Mr. Clemmons on Saturday, September 13th.  Auditionees will be required to prepare 2 contrasting songs (16 bars of each) and a monologue (one minute long), and participate in a dance call.

For more information, please email or call 975-4769

About Dave Clemmons

Dave began his career as a performer on Broadway with roles in Les MiserablesThe Civil War (original company),The Scarlet Pimpernel (original company and Chaeuvelin on original concept recording). He was seen as Jean Valjean in the National tour of Les Miserables (2 years) and the National tours of Jekyll and Hyde as well as the pre-Broadway productions of Whistle Down the Wind (by Andrew Lloyd Weber, directed by Hal Prince at The National Theatre in DC) and Jekyll and Hyde (The Alley Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Seattle’s 5th Ave. Theatre). He was also featured as Corin/Amiens/Hymen in As You Like It at the Tony Award winning Alley Theatre in Houston, TX. Other roles have included Che in Evita, Freddie in Chess, The Teen Angel in Grease, Dinadan in Camelot (starring and directed by Terrence Mann) and Richard in The Lion in Winter.

Dave is an in demand teacher/lecturer having taught at the premiere music theatre training programs across the country as well as Masterclasses in New York, LA, Chicago, Boston, Houston and Orlando. He is a visiting professor at the acclaimed Elon University Musical Theatre Program and is a founding faculty member and music supervisor of The Performing Arts Project, one of the nation’s top summer training programs. He operates the Dave Clemmons College Advisory Program (DCCAP) preparing top high school talent to audition for the competitive field of study that is musical theatre at the collegiate level.


Dave holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and commercial music from the renowned Frost School of Music at The University of Miami, Fl.


As a Producer he serves as a Producing Partner for StylesFour Productions. StylesFour has been producers/investors for the Broadway productions of Once (Tony Award-Best Musical), Orphans (starring Alec Baldwin), Driving Miss Daisy (starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave), Spring Awakening (Tony Award- Best Musical), the critically acclaimed original New York production of Bat Boy, An Intimate Evening with Frank Wildhorn and Friends (starring Frank Wildhorn, Linda Eder and Douglas Sills), Pee-Wee Herman on BroadwayTalk Radio, and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (starring Judy Gold).

With Dave’s partner John Styles, their company StylesFour Productions is in pre-production for a new musical based on the movie The Bands Last Visit which will be directed by Hal Prince with music by David Yazbek to be seen on Broadway in the 2014/2015 season.


Dave Clemmons was the founder/owner of Dave Clemmons Casting, whose Broadway projects included: The revival of Driving Miss DaisyThe Boy from Oz (starring Hugh Jackman), Brooklyn (starring Eden Espinoza), Ring of Fire, In My Life, Dracula, The Civil War, and Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Jamie Lynn Sigler and Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland.


Off-Broadway shows: Bat Boy, Bare, Altar Boyz, the New York revival of Charles Mee’s, Big Love, Zanna Don’t!, Dear Edwina and the 2000 revival of Godspell at The York Theatre (starring Shoshanna Bean, Leslie Kritzer and Barrett Foa).


National Tours: Jekyll and Hyde, Fosse (supervised by Anne Reinking), Moving Out (choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp), West Side Story (directed by David Saint and choreographed by Joey McKneely), Evita (directed by Hal Prince), Fiddler On the Roof (starring Topol/Harvey Firestein), Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar (starring Ted Neely), The Civil War (starring Larry Gatlin and Bebe Winans), Chicago, CATS, Dr. Doolittle (directed by and starring Tommy Tune), Thoroughly Modern Millie (directed by Joey McKneely), Joseph…, Saturday Night Fever, and the new national tour of The Wizard of Oz.


International tours: Fosse (Paris/Germany-starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall), West Side Story (Germany- directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely), 42nd St. (Moscow-directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner) and The Sound of Music (Asia), The King and I (Asia).

Regional: Little Shop of Horrors at The Alley Theatre, Steel Magnolias, Chicago and The Civil War at Flatrock Playhouse, The Full Monty and Footloose at Marriot Lincolnshire, Driving Miss Daisy at Casa Manana (starring Sandy Duncan), Camelot at North Shore Music Theatre, History of the Word at the Tony Award winning Crossroads Theatre, Making Tracks at San Jose Rep. and The Great Game (directed by Randal Milam) at The Duke Univ. Theatre Co.


Las Vegas: The American premiere of the international sensation Notre Dame de Paris which opened the Paris Hotel, The Las Vegas company of Saturday Night Fever and the Las Vegas engagement of Fosse.


As a music/vocal director/supervisor Dave has worked on the Broadway production of The Civil War, National Tours of Jekyll and Hyde and The Civil WarLittle Shop of Horrors at The Alley Theatre, The Civil War at The Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. and casting director/vocal director/arranger for The Presidential Gala performance ofThe Civil War at The National Theatre in Washington, D.C. starring Trisha Yearwood, Clay Aiken, Larry Gatlin, Hal Holbrook, Bebe Winans and Maya Angelou.


Dave Clemmons has conducted the Broadway Gospel Choir and the Dave Clemmons Choir in performances at Carnegie Hall, The Today Show, the Bravo Network, The Palace and Gershwin Theatres on Broadway as well as the Linda Eder album/DVD Christmas Stays the Same.

Dave served as a Minister of Music at First United Church Methodist in Miami.

UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center proudly unveils ArtPlay, a new arts education and outreach initiative for our community.

Upcoming Events

  • Register Today for Classes in November!

    15 Oct 14 // Birmingham, AL 35205

    There is still time to register for these fantastic fall offerings!

    Math Art: “See Me Try Symmetry & More!”

    Ages 3.5 – 6
    November 1 – 22
    Saturdays 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
    Teaching Artist: Lisa Dolensky
    Cost $75

    Prepare to take the artist within to a new dimension.  Create math art inspired by playing with numbers, geometric shapes, math tiles and more! Learn about famous works and master artists through history who have combined math and art.


    Math Art: ”See Me Try Symmetry & More!”

    Ages 7-12
    November 1 – 22
    Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:00 am
    Teaching Artist: Lisa Dolensky
    Cost: $75

    Prepare to take the artist within to a new dimension.  Create math art inspired by playing with numbers, geometric shapes, math tiles and more! Learn about famous works and master artists through history who have combined math and art.

  • Global Fest 2014 – Join us for this free celebration of world cultures!

    12 Nov 14 // Birmingham, AL 35205


    Global Fest 2014

    A free celebration of world cultures


    The Majesty of African Art

    Wednesday » November 12 » Noon – Lower Lobby of ASC

    Featuring Dr. Emily G. Hanna, Curator of the Arts of Africa-Birmingham Museum of Art

    Journey to Africa as BMA curator Dr. Emily Hanna captures the spirit of African Art.  Each piece tells a story and each story a new discovery.


    A Touch of Tango

    Thursday » November 13 » Noon – Lower Lobby of ASC

    Featuring Dr. Sara Alvarez of Tango Alabama

    Drs. Sara Alvarez and Roswell Pfister members of Tango Alabama set the floor on fire!  You will not want to miss this opportunity to view one of the world’s most beloved Latin dances coming to life at UAB.


    Stirring Sounds of Ireland  

    Friday » November 14 » Noon – Lower Lobby of ASC

    Featuring Russell Hopper, Master Irish fiddle player

    Discover the world of Irish music and instruments unique to this charming country with Russell Hopper, who holds an MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. Experience the harmony created between the culture of traditional and more modern music of Ireland.

    Egypt: A View from Above

    Thursday » November 13 » 5:45 PM – ASC Reynolds Kirschbaum Recital Hall

    Featuring Dr. Sarah Parcak, Director of Laboratory of Global Research at UAB

    Join us as we explore why Egyptologist Dr. Sarah Parcak’s research has reinvigorated exploration for ancient sites throughout the Middle East and elsewhere. Dr. Parcak, a National Geographic Fellow and 2012 TED Fellow, will discuss how she uses satellite imagery to identify ancient sites around the world that were thought to be lost forever.