TYA Professional Training Program

TYA Senior Company

Teaching Young Artists is Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training Company. Available by audition only, TYA allows students to work in a professional theatre environment as they learn about all aspects of theatrical work. Alums of the program have studied, or are currently studying, at such prestigious programs as: Catholic University of America, NYU Tisch, Marymount Manhattan, University of Maryland, Elon, James Madison University, Indiana University, Rider University, Wagner College and others. The program is tuition-based college prep course with limited scholarship/tuition assistance available to candidates who qualify.

Cry-Baby the Musical **area premiere** – TYA Senior Company Spring

Eligible Grades: 9-12, TYA Alums, and College Students

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Book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell
Music and Lyrics by Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum
Based on the Universal Pictures film written and directed by John Waters

What happened before Tracy Turnblad ever sang “Good Morning, Baltimore” on a marble stoop? In the Charm City of 1954, Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker is the coolest bad boy in Baltimore. When his quest for the most electrifying brand of rock and roll brings him to the center of a star-crossed romance with square rich girl Allison, Cry-Baby and his bunch of delinquent friends land themselves in prison at the hands of Allison’s squeaky clean boyfriend. Cry-Baby has a rockabilly score and Baltimore-infused book based on the cult classic 1990 John Waters film by the same name. This show marks another area premiere for Teaching Young Artists.

Directed by Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Direction by Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Choreography by Rick Westerkamp
Lighting Design by Lynn Joslin

Featuring TYA Company Members Lauren Alberg, Annabelle Anderson, Alison Brodbeck, Nick Brogan, Lila Cooper, Tommy Eyes, Ceoli Jacoby, Andrew Lyon, Abrien Nelson, Ellie Parks, Alicia Philadelphia, Jason Quackenbush, Mark Quackenbush, Nya Stevens, Shannon Taylor, Bryan Thompson, Amanda Tossman, Alyssa Tschirgi,  Eli Vogel

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Past TYA productions include: Hands on a Hardbody, ParadeFirst Date*, Bring It On the Musical, Carrie the Musical*, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ghost the Musical*, Side Show, Songs for a New World, Legally Blonde*, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, Fame, 13 the Musical, and many more!

*Area Premiere

TYA Junior Company

Junior Company is an opportunity for upper-level students with TYA aspirations to further develop skills in audition preparation, harmony singing, character development, and more. Junior Company’s annual curriculum includes a fully-staged production for the Fall/Winter session, a skills-based course for the Winter/Spring session, and an invite-only Spring workshop.  (Please note that students who are accepted into Fall/Winter session of Junior Company will be unable to do a Drama Learning Center Winter production class.  It is recommended that Junior Company students participate in DLC Fall and Spring production classes)

Winter/Spring 2017
Eligible Grades: 6-12

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The TYA Scholars Program is a college preparatory program for students interested in pursuing a collegiate and professional career in theatre. TYA directors will offer up to two students per grade level the opportunity to participate in the TYA Scholars Program, which will be a full school year commitment to both TYA shows and have the following additional objectives per grade level:

Freshman Year Continue repertoire development.
Sophomore Year Hone audition technique.
Junior Year Establish target colleges and audition material, produce DVD Reel of audition material, apply to Musical Theatre Summer Intensives.
Senior Year Finalize applications and auditions, make final decision, establish action plan.

Tuition is $525 per season (Fall, Winter, & Spring) and includes tuition to both TYA sessions and select private coachings with TYA directors. Interested candidates should email a letter of interest to Ms. Stephanie Williams (Artistic Director of Drama Learning Center) at Stephanie@dramalearningcenter.com and bring a copy of the letter with them to auditions.

TYA Alums have studied or are currently studying at such prestigious programs as: Catholic University, NYU Tisch, Marymount Manhattan, University of Maryland, Elon, James Madison University, Indiana University, Wagner College, Wright State University and others.


*NEW* TYA Summer Intensive

Zombie Prom – TYA Summer Intensive

Eligible Grades: 6-12

Music by Dana P. Rowe
Book & Lyrics by John Dempsey

TYA Summer intensive is a professional training experience culminating in a full-scale production. Program also includes Master Classes with theatre professionals and casting agents throughout the session.  In addition to rehearsing for the performance, emphasis will be placed on audition repertoire development and professional theatre expectations.

Rehearsal and Performance Dates
Classes: July 10-28, weekdays 9am-4pm
Final performances: July 26-28
Tuition: 2 payments of $395 ($25 discount if paid in one installment)

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Senior Company: Cry-Baby The Musical *area premiere*
Callbacks: March 4, 2-5pm
Classes: Saturdays, 2-5pm AND additional days of the week based on cast availability. Please submit a full list of all conflicts at auditions
Rehearsal Period: March 18 – June 3 (no classes April 10-17)

Junior Company: Look to the Rainbow, a Song & Scene Showcase
Classes: Sundays, 6-8:30pm AND additional days of the week based on cast availability. Please submit a full list of all conflicts at auditions
(Please Note: Students who excel in this session of Junior Company may be invited to participate in an exclusive Spring workshop, which includes participation in portions of the Senior Company production in June)
Rehearsal Period: March 5 – April 23 (no class April 16)
Dress Rehearsals: April 28 & 29
Showcase Performance: Sunday, April 30

TYA Summer Intensive: Zombie Prom
July 10-28, weekdays 9am-4pm
Final performances July 26-28

Auditions February 21 – March 2 for TYA Senior Company, Junior Company, and Summer Intensive by appointment only.
February 21-23: new candidates and previous members
February 28 – March 2: previous members only

Tuesday, February 21: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Wednesday, February 22: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Thursday, February 23: 3:30 – 6:30 PM
Tuesday, February 28: 3:30 – 6:30 PM*
Wednesday, March 1: 3:30 – 6:30 PM*
Thursday, March 2: 3:30 – 6:30 PM*

*Previous Company Members only

Audition Requirements
Please prepare a full song of your choice and a two-minute monologue. Bring sheet music – an accompanist will be provided. Bring a completed TYA Audition Form, list all conflicts for the rehearsal period—include weekday commitments, read and sign the TYA Expectations Form. Applicants will not be able to audition without completed paperwork.

Audition Form


Please Note: Students who are age eligible for both Junior and Senior Companies will be evaluated for both.

To set up an audition, fill out the form or call us at (410) 849-6335 today!