Riverbank Performing Arts Academy
WE SEEK TO BUILD WELL-ROUNDED, CONFIDENT YOUNG PEOPLE AND PERFORMERS WHO CAN REPRESENT THEMSELVES AND THEIR TALENT IN THE EVER-GROWING PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRY.
The Riverbank Performing Arts Academy was established in the Summer of 2016 and launched with a weeklong theatre summer camp for kids in 1st through 12th grade. The students participated in acting, vocal and dance workshops, which culminated in a 45-minute musical performance of Disney's The Jungle Book Kids . The Academy will offer the following opportunities throughout the year:
- Musical Theatre Workshops that enhance musical theatre knowledge, including dance technique, acting and singing
- Acting Workshops for grades 3-12
- Snug Bug Workshops for aspiring Kindergarten - 2nd grade actors.
- Vocal classes
- College application and audition prep
- Weeklong Summer Theatre Camps
- Professional theatre acting opportunities
Meet the managing director
Aaron Dennis Smith has been involved with the Snug and Riverbank Theaters since their inception, as an actor, director, and music director, but he officially joined the team in 2016 as Managing Director of Riverbank Performing Arts Academy. Aaron holds a B.A. in Music Business and Voice Performance from Anderson University (Anderson, IN). He has experience instructing youth in all aspects of the performing arts, and has directed productions of Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, and Mary Poppins, among others. You may have seen him onstage here at the Snug and Riverbank; some of his favorite roles are Cornelius Hackl inHello, Dolly! (which he also directed), Michael in I Do! I Do!, Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (also directed), and most recently, Lord Farquaad in Shrek.