Originally published in The News Herald
Spirits were high as Arts Detroit held a ribbon cutting and grand opening event April 23 to celebrate its new studio location in Allen Park.
Adriane Galea, 31, is the owner and an Allen Park native, so staying in her hometown was important.
“When I started to look for a bigger space, I told my realtor, Tim Wojtala, I wasn’t willing to go more than 10 minutes from where I already was in Allen Park so as to not inconvenience my students,” Galea said. “Now that I’m here and more a part of the business community, the city of Allen Park has been really supportive and offers some great incentives through the DDA and Chamber of Commerce, so I’m glad I wound up staying here.”
Galea is on the board of directors of the American Guild of Music and An Amazing Woman Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a master’s in education and plans to attain a doctorate degree eventually, as well. She’s been teaching for 18 years.
Classes offered at the studio include acting, private voice instruction, piano and group instruction.
Galea said one of her most popular classes is the Broadway Babies class taught by Kirsten Sparks.
“It’s a musical theater class which focuses on singing, storytelling, and movement for 21/2 to 4-year-olds,” Galea said. “Very fun,” said Galea. “Beyond that, private voice lessons is the majority of what we do, and my work with high school students for their auditions is what really propelled me to expand.”
“The parent, non-profit organization is Center Stage Studios. Under that, there are three legal arms: Arts Detroit, which is the performing arts studio; Outvisible Theatre Company; and The MT Project, which offers mentoring to high school students for students wishing to pursue theater / musical theater at the collegiate level.”
“Where we definitely fill a void is through college audition prep. Auditioned theater / musical theater programs often have somewhere around a 1 to 3 percent acceptance rate, which makes them crazy hard to get into,” Galea said.
“The students who tend to be the most successful in their audition cycles are the ones who have an audition coach, someone different than a regular audition coach and different than a voice or acting teacher. These folks also tend to be really expensive, and I’m trying to combat that through offering free resources and advice.”
Her next information session is at 7 p.m. May 23 at the studio.
“I will travel to any theater group or high school and do them free there, too,” she said. “ I’m really committed to providing transparency in the audition process and offering pathways for every student.”
She said she’s already lined up workshops with Texas State and the University of Michigan and hopes to raise funds to offer these programs free to students in the city of Detroit.
Her staff of instructors include vocal instructor John Hummel, vocal and musical theater instructor Kirsten Sparks and piano instructor Karissa Park.
If the ribbon-cutting is any indication of the interest,Galea has indeed filled a niche. A steady stream of people came and went all day, with performances, tours and karaoke.
The new studio is located at 18614 Ecorse Road, Allen Park.