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The Avalon Arts Academy will introduce arts lovers of all ages to the experience of live theatre through a variety of disciplines.

Meet Our Educational Staff


Jim Arter [Creative Writing] - Now a retired seventh grade history teacher, had his young adult novel Gruel and Unusual Punishment published in hard cover in 1990.  His novel was selected as a Best Book for Young Adults and Best Book for Reluctant Readers.


RYAN BOWIE [Auditioning 101] - Attended Frostburg State University, earning bachelors degrees in Vocal Performance and Acting. With over 15 years of professional regional theatre management experience, his experience also includes casting, directing, design, choreography, and more.


Mick Giere [Audio-Visual Technology in Theatre] - Attended Ohio State University, earning a  a masters degree in Music. Mick retired as a systems engineer in the audio/visual field. and currently serves as a sound-engineer for Leon's Garage and the technical director for The Avalon.


Ashley Schwyn [Ballroom Dancing] - Attended Ohio University, earning a bachelors degree in Psychology and a masters degree in Administrative Social Work. Ashley opened The Academy, a dance and performing arts studio in 2016.


Derek Schwyn [Podcasts…Conversations + Stories = Your Brand] - Attended Franklin University and owns & operates Schwyn Consulting. 
Derek combines his love for real estate/homes and his passion as a digital creator to work serving his community. 

Registration for 2023-2024 Season Opens on August 5th

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