With classes for every age group plus educational events for the whole family to enjoy, ArtPlay aims to connect our community with the arts like never before. Check out our classes, workshops and performances, and start creating today!

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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.


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 5 -12, in both group and private sessions.  Six Saturday 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.

In March the group will travel to New York City 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 Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20 at the ArtPlay house from 5:00pm to 8pm (Audition times can be scheduled by emailing heathmix@uab.edu). Chosen students will then audition for Mr. Clemmons on Saturday, August 22 at 10am.  Auditionees will be required to prepare 2 contrasting songs and a monologue.

For more information, please email heathmix@uab.edu.

Important Dates

Wed & Thursday, August 19-20 – Preliminary Auditions;  5:00p – 8p

Sat & Sun, August 22-23 – Dave will audition selected students at 10 a.m., and have first workshop on Sunday

Sat, September 12 – Dave’s 2nd intensive weekend

Sat, November 7 – Dave’s 3rd intensive weekend

Winter/Spring Dates – TBD

March  30 – April 3 – Group trip to NYC


About Dave Clemmons

Dave began his career as a performer on Broadway with roles in Les Miserables, The 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 Broadway, Talk 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 Daisy, The 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.


ArtPlay’s Fall 2015 Class Registration Open Now!

Join us this fall for a wonderful semester of classes for every age and artistic interest! Many of our ArtPlay favorites of will return, including Creative Wacky Wonders for Pre-K students, ArtPlay Elementary Choir for kids, and Painting with Acrylics for ages 16 to adult. We are also pleased to offer these exciting new classes to ArtPlay!

Register online today at www.artplayasc.org or call 205-975-4769.

My First Radio Show

Ages 7 – 11

September 14 –28

Mondays 4:00 – 5:25 pm

Teaching Artist: Radio Free Alabama

Cost: $75

Do you catch yourself making up the most wonderful stories?  What would it sound like if you recorded those stories and could hear them on the radio or on downloadable podcasts?  My First Radio Show is storytelling with a twist.  Through this collaboration with Radio Free Alabama, students will learn how to write, perform and ultimately record their own original radio pieces.  The airwaves are open!

Improvisational Comedy for Teens

Ages 13 to 17

September 14 – November 2

Mondays 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Chris Davis

Cost: $160

This class will teach the fundamentals of long-form improv, including how to create strong characters, play at the top of one’s intelligence, and build strong comedic scenes together out of thin air.

Roots Music 101: Blues/Folk Harmonica

Ages 16 – Adult

September 10 – October 8

Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artists: Bruce Andrews & George Dudley

Cost: $120

Learn about the roots of American Music from Muddy Waters and Jimmie Rodgers to Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash. Learn the basics of Blues/Folk Harmonica in the process. All taught in a fun, fast moving environment. No music reading skills are required for this class. Taught by seasoned performing duo 2BLU (Bruce Andrews and George Dudley) A fun class for beginners up to intermediates. Half of each class will be a performance and history presentation/discussion of blues and folk music/ half will be basic instruction on the diatonic harmonica. The class may also attempt to write some blues songs for fun.  The student will need to purchase a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of “A” prior to the first class. Call for more information.

Textile Design

Ages 16 – Adult

September 10 – October 22

Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor

Cost: $150 + Materials

Have you ever wanted to design your own fabric? In this class, you will learn basic Photoshop skills so that you can take your favorite photos or artwork and create textile designs perfect for making pillows, scarves, clothes and more. You will design a textile, have it printed and make a finished product by the end of this class. No sewing or Photoshop skills necessary, though a basic understanding of computers is recommended. Fabric printing fees not included.


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

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