Riverbank Performing Arts Academy
your opportunity for :
Build self-confidence in your performance and audition abilities by studying the three most important areas of the performing arts:
Vocal technique: develop proper speaking and singing technique; learn basic music theory and how to read music.
Acting: learn skills to help you create a character, develop skill at improvisation and being spontaneous on stage, and acquire experience to help you audition confidently and successfully.
Dance training: become a true “triple threat” and learn basic steps used in classic and contemporary musical theater, as well as dance from various historic periods.
Natural talent is wonderful. Now, become a reliable, disciplined, skilled performer that directors want to hire.
Meet the managing director
Aaron Dennis Smith developed a love of the performing arts at a very young age watching old movies and musicals. He started studying piano at the age of six and continued through college. Aaron holds a B.A. in Music Business and Voice Performance from Anderson University, and upon completion of his degree, became a performer in Branson, Missouri, as well as a production show singer for Carnival Cruise Lines. He returned to his hometown, Port Huron, and for nine years, he taught music and drama at New Life Christian Academy in Kimball. After meeting Kathy Vertin through the St. Clair Theatre Guild, Aaron became involved with The Snug Theatre in 2013 while it was still under construction as the director of it's first musical, Hello, Dolly! As the company began to expand, he saw himself wearing many hats, including actor, director, and music director. He officially joined the team in 2016 as Managing Director of Riverbank Performing Arts Academy, instructing youth and adults in all aspects of the performing arts. Some of his directing credits here at the Snug and Riverbank are Hello Dolly!, Gypsy, Cabaret, The Drowsy Chaperone, A Christmas Carol, Oliver!, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. His first love, of course, is acting. Some of his favorite roles include Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, Bert in Mary Poppins, Michael in I Do! I Do!, Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Lord Farquaad in Shrek.