Meet the Guest Artist: Sarah Thompson

We’re excited to welcome Sarah Thompson as a Guest Artist in Residence this summer during our Theatre Tech camp in July!

Stage Manager Sarah Thompson is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where selected credits include ‘Tis PityThe Merchant of VeniceBluebeard’s Wife, Tiny, and Amy and the Orphans. Additional credits include Mary Jane (Yale Repertory Theatre); Styx SongsAnd Tell Sad Stories of the Death of QueensDutch Masters, Xander Xyst: Dragon, 1, Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Yale Cabaret);  Evita (Olney Theatre Center); The Comedy of ErrorsAs You Like ItThe Taming of the Shrew (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company); and Mrs. Mannerly (Paper Lantern Theatre Company), among others. Sarah holds a BA in collaborative theatre and sociology. Sarah will also serve as Production Stage Manager for this Summer’s production of Lysistrata Jones at Red Branch Theatre Company

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Sarah as a visiting DLC Teaching Artist. Students in the Theatre Tech camp will learn about all aspects of backstage work including design and fabrication, stage management, and crew. Campers will be able to let their creativity shine as they help design and paint the sets for summer camp productions. They will also have the opportunity to be running crew for camp shows later in the summer. Theatre Tech camp runs July 17-29, and is open to students in grades 5-12. Registration is currently open until the session fills. Secure your spot today!

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We announce our Fall titles and open registration on July 1st every year. For the first time, we’re offering some lucky insiders a sneak peek at what we’ve got up our sleeves for Fall. Do you want to be on the VIP list to learn the Fall titles before everyone else? Fill out the form below and sign up today! You never know what other surprises we might have in store for our VIPs, so you should probably just sign up to make sure you don’t miss anything cool and exciting.

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HUGE Memorial Day Savings

We have exclusive summer savings for all age groups this Memorial Day weekend! Take advantage of these Summer Drama Camp deals for a limited time only while supplies last!

Now through Monday, May 29th, use the following promotional codes to save on the following camps:

​Broadway Babies Preschool Camps

Get one session free when you register for all 4! Use code MEMORIALBABIES at checkout.

​Winnie the Pooh Performance Camp

Get $50 off when you use code MEM50 at checkout

​Acting for Film and TV

Register for Take 1 and Take 2 and save $100 when you enter code TVBUNDLE at checkout

 

These promotions expire at 11:59 PM, Monday, May 29th (or earlier if the camps fill)! Don’t take a chance… register today to secure your spot in these exciting summer camps!

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What They’re Saying

As our Spring session onsite at DLC and offsite in local schools comes to a close, we’ve been reflecting on what a great season we have had here at Drama Learning Center. We strive to provide a safe, nurturing, and creative environment for students to learn teamwork, develop self-confidence, and practice self-expression through the art of drama. We take every piece of feedback we receive throughout the year to heart. Here are just a few of the comments we have received over the past few weeks, reposted with permission.

  • “I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the directing job that Ms. Megan did at Glenwood Middle School this Spring with Shrek. Megan was always a consummate professional and was quick to respond to an email or question and had great communication with parents. As for her rapport with the students, it was amazing. She made the kids feel at ease even through the stress of tech week and nerves. I have had the pleasure of working with Megan a few years ago at Bushy Park and she has only grown into a more dedicated and phenomenal director. My daughter, Madison, came home after every rehearsal raving over Megan and how much she learned, which is more than I could have asked for from this experience. I just wanted to let you all know that we loved having her here and hope to have Megan again next year. Thanks for all that you did for our kids and for making the show the success that it was.” –Carrie R., Glenwood MS Parent

  • “[I just wanted] to tell you how much Evan enjoyed being a part of the play. Thank you for all that you both did to make it such a great experience for him! We will definitely be back. You guys did an awesome job!” –A Wednesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre Parent
  • “What a truly wonderful show you directed with your Tuesday class of Beauty and the Beast. It exceeded any expectation that we had and we were thrilled to be able to watch both shows go so well! It was so much fun and [my daughter] had the time of her life. She was sad, like so many others, that it was over. That’s such a testament to your hard work and care! My simple and heartfelt thank you seems very insufficient but I wanted to send you the email to let you know how grateful we are that our daughter got to perform in such a well run and professional production!” –A Tuesday Elementary/Middle Musical Theatre Parent
  • “I wanted to take a moment to write to let you know how incredibly pleased I was with [Ms. Sarah Luckadoo] as my daughter’s director in the Little Mermaid production at TRES. Sarah was well-organized and friendly from the very beginning and she made my daughter’s (and my) first drama experience wonderful! I was a bit worried about the intensity of the schedule since my daughter is just in first grade, but after every practice, she came hom excited and looked forward to the next week. I don’t know how Sarah and her team managed to keep over 30 kids’ interest peaked and engaged each week, but whatever they did worked great! I especially loved Sarah’s communication of all of the program and show details throughout these past few months– I never had any questions or concerns as to what to expect. Most importantly, I found Sarah to be warm and engaging – not just to our children who loved her, but she also made mas a parent feel comfortable and welcoming. I truly believe that kids’ future interests in programs such as these are so dependent on who leads and teaches them and I think that Sarah did a phenomenal job in fostering a love for drama for my daughter.” –Jennifer K., Triadelphia Ridge ES Parent

Thank you to all of the families who support their children in the arts. You make our work nurturing the next generation of performers both a pleasure and an honor! 

5 Reasons to Send Your Tweens to Camp

Many parents think that Summer Camp is just for younger students, but there are many reasons to continue to keep your Middle School students engaged in activities like camp over the summer. Here are just a few reasons to send your tween to camp!

  1. It Occupies Their Time


    An idle mind can be a problematic thing… especially for a tween. Sending your student to summer camp ensures that there’s a structure to their day filled with engaging activities and a project completed at the end of a session. When you send a child to camp, you don’t have to sit at work wondering what your child is getting into at home.
    Keep your middle schooler’s hands and brains active with Theatre Tech (July 17-21) or Cosplay Creations (July 24-28)

  2. They Can Develop New Interests


    “How will you know you like it until you’ve tried it?” Summer is a great time to try out a new skill or activity in a focused environment without competing with academics and other commitments. If your tween has mentioned wanting to try a new activity but hasn’t had the chance, this is the time to let them see for themselves whether or not it’s something that they want to continue to pursue (without committing to it for the year).
    Our Acting for Film and TV camp sessions (Take 1: July 3-7, Take 2: July 10-14) are a great opportunity for campers to take their acting in a different direction.

  3. It Keeps Their Brains Active


    Camp is a fun and engaging way to avoid the “summer slump” without staying glued to a summer reading list. Keep your tween’s brain from sliding backwards by keeping them in a routine that gets them out of the house daily and learning new things.
    Our Musical Theatre Masterclass (June 26-30) and Back to School Audition Intensive (August 28 – September 1) will keep your tween on their toes while they learn new material throughout the week.

  4. Make New Friends

    We can all benefit from a change of scenery and fresh faces. Tweens benefit from it all the more. Summer camp is a great place for middle and high school students to greet familiar faces and make new friends all the same. Give your tween the chance for a fresh start this summer at camp.
    Our three-week production camp Hairspray, Jr. (July 31 – August 18) is a great place to bond with old friends and make new ones.

  5. Develop Independence and Leadership Skills


    As your student transitions into teenage life, it’s essential to cultivate leadership skills to ensure that they will thrive no matter what comes their way in high school. Camp provides outlets for your students to gain independence as they are held more accountable for tasks throughout the session.
    Want to help your students develop leadership skills? Try Director-in-Training Week (August 28 – September 1).

We just shared a few of the many great reasons to send your tween to camp this summer. Do you have any more to share? Leave them in the comments! If you’re ready to secure your student’s spot in any of our fun and engaging summer camp sessions, head on over to our Summer Camp page for the full schedule and registration information. Any questions? Fill out the form below!