The Academy


The Academy is a national award winning, pre-professional conservatory for students with the commitment and desire to deepen their performing arts education in acting, singing, and dance.

“I really love that I can express myself here and really just be me and do what I love to do best!” ~Savannah Crespo

Current Academy students have received lead roles in professional, community, school and national productions, internships with professional theaters, acceptance to prestigious college theater departments, and even paid voice-over, commercial, and film opportunities.

The Academy are also the recipients of the prestigious and nationally recognized Broadway Junior Spirit Award from the annual Junior Theater Festival, hosted by iTheatrics, and sponsored by Musical Theatre International and Disney Corporations.  They were also honored with multiple acting achievement awards and directing awards.

Students ages 7 to 18 are eligible and may be admitted by audition after submitting an application. AAC faculty also annually attends the WNC Unified Auditions in February to scout for area talent. You may also schedule an appointment with us by emailing your information to

“Kids learn how to be creative, resourceful thinkers, which is important no matter what you do.” ~Andrew Gall

Check out these other Benefits exclusively for Academy Students!

  • An education with our staff of passionate professionals (see list and bios below)
  • Masterclasses/Workshops with special guest instructors (like Broadway’s Jerry McIntyre, seen in photo below)
  •  Acquiring strong performance skills in a supportive atmosphere
  • Attending regional and national festivals, auditions, and productions
  • Preparing career tools like audition repertoire, resumes, headshots and career marketing strategy
  • Building a concrete resume from our many performance opportunities
  • Gaining a head start in preparation for future education and lifelong skills
  • Discounts on additional workshops, classes, music lessons, performances… even headshots!

We have formulated a faculty of professionals who work in the business of the performing arts for a living and LOVE WHAT THEY DO!

Ann Mahoney-Kadar (Drama and Suzuki Instructor)

Kurt Campbell (Music Instructor)

Mary Katherine Smith (Dance and Drama Instructor)

Robyn Parnell (Music and Drama Instructor)

Mandy Phillips (Drama Instructor)

Heidi Kulas (Dance Instructor)

Dominic Aquillio (Private Voice Coach)

Contact us today to set up an appointment!

For the love of music, drama, and dance… for LIFE!



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