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ArtPlay and Theatre UAB Musical Theatre Workshop

Ages 12- 18
September 24 – May 6
Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Valerie Accetta and teaching artists from Theatre UAB and the Alys Stephens Center
Cost: $375

Join Theatre UAB and ArtPlay as you explore the world of musical theatre. Build your audition book, develop a character, create a resume, explore tech.  This workshop will cover a lot of ground.

Our workshop will be held on Saturdays and will culminate with a trip to NYC in March/April (trip costs not included in registration).

There is also a showcase for friends and family in May at the Alys Stephens Center. Included in the workshop registration price is an opportunity to see one Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center and two Theatre UAB productions.

The Acting Studios for Young Actors

Ages 14 – 18
September 7 – October 26
Wednesdays 5 – 6 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Susan McCain
Cost $160

Teaching artist Susan McCain follows legendary Lee Strasberg’s design, beginning with Sensory work – the heart of the method – to focus on nailing that tricky audition piece.

Ukulele Orchestra for Teens!

Ages 13-16
September 12 – November 14
Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Mary Elizabeth Neal
Cost $100

Some of your favorite artists are performing music on the ukulele!  Mary Elizabeth Neal is hip to what’s exciting in music and will guide you through a musical journey.  This class will end with a mini recital for parents and friends.

Comic, Character, Creation

Ages 10 – 14
September 7 – November 9
Wednesdays  5 – 6 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Bo Hughins
Cost: $150

Learn the basics of cartooning and rendering characters of a wide variety, from caricatures to comic books.  Students will learn to re-create existing characters or design one from their own imagination and bring it to life.  Price includes materials.

Improvisational Comedy for Teens

Ages 13 – 17
September 12 – October 31
Mondays 5 – 6 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Chris Davis
Cost $160

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

Rhythm and Moves

Ages 16 – Adult
September 6 – November 22
Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Ashley Booker
Cost $160

This fun and unconventional adult dance class will contain a colorful blend of styles influenced by street dance, new style, and popular music. Lively choreography will be taught during each class, then danced a few times through with all the style and flavor you can muster!

Beginning Charcoal and Soft Pastel

Ages 16 – Adult
September 6 – November 8
Tuesdays 6 – 8 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Andy Jordan
Cost $200 + Materials

ArtPlay delights when teaching artists teach their passion.  Now you can join local teaching artist Andy Jordan as he guides you through the basics of working with charcoal and soft pastels.  New images come to life as you explore new techniques and create wonderful works of art.  Perfect for the beginner.

Intermediate Hand Sewing

Ages 16 – Adult
October 19 to November 23
Wednesdays 6 – 8 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $130+ Materials

Have you tried your hand at embroidery or cross-stitch? Have you made a quilt or two? If you’ve got a love for fabrics and hand work and you are savvy with the principles of sewing, you are ready to turn your skills into a work of art. In this class, you will create a wall-hanging using fabric-folding, appliqué, Sashiko and other textile techniques. Turn those long-lost home-ec skills into unique fiber art in this six-week class.

Machine Sewing: The Basics

Ages 16 – Adult
September 7 – October 12
Wednesdays 6 – 8 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $130 + Materials

Forget those times you tried sewing with your mother (unless the memories are good) and forget failing Home Economics- this class puts the fun back in sewing by demystifying the machine and sewing patterns. This crash course will make you and your machine fast friends and you’ll have a few products to prove it! This class is geared towards participants who would like to learn to love machines they already own. If, however, you’d like to take the class and don’t have a machine to work with, please contact instructor.


Private Instruction

ArtPlay is pleased to offer private instruction in a variety of instruments and artistic disciplines through partnerships with local instructors and music organizations. Lessons range from 30 – 60 minute increments depending on the age and preference of the student. Each instructor is available at varying times throughout the week. Current Teacher Roster: Emanual Ellinas, percussion  Carlos Pino, guitar Patricia Billups, piano Diane McNaron, voice David Roby, acting and Susan McCain, acting.   Partnership with the UAB Department of Music Through a partnership with the UAB Department of Music, ArtPlay is able to offer additional private instruction in trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, saxophone, euphonium, French horn, piano, guitar, and voice. Instructors in this program are UAB students extensively trained in music education and performance in the instrument they will teach. These students will be advised and guided by UAB Department of Music faculty. For instructional fees, teacher availability and more information please call ArtPlay.