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.

TYA Senior Company Fall/Winter 2018

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

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe
Based on the film written by Daniel Waters

Directed by Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Direction by Tiffany Underwood Holmes

Hilarious. Heartfelt. Homicidal. Being a teenager can be hard. Especially when you are flung off the apex of the high school hierarchy by The Almighty Heather Chandler– head of the adolescent clique to rule all adolescent cliques: The Heathers. Follow brainy misfit Veronica Sawyer through the ups and downs of growing up, if you’re lucky enough to make it out alive.

NOTE: The High School Edition of Heathers the Musical is an officially licensed version of the musical with cuts and adjustments made to make the show appropriate for high school performers.

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Past TYA productions include: Cry-BabyHands 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)

TYA Junior Company Fall/Winter 2018 

Eligible Grades: 6-12

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach is a brand new musical reimagining from the TONY Award-winning team behind Dear Evan Hansen. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

Have you received a letter of acceptance? Complete your registration here.

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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

TYA Summer Intensive Auditions will be held in the Spring

Eligible Grades: 6-12





Auditions September 12 – 20 for TYA Senior Company and Junior Company candidates by appointment only.

Tuesday, September 12: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Wednesday, September 13: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Tuesday, September 19: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Wednesday, September 20: 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Senior Company
Callbacks: October 7, 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: October 14 – January 6 (no class 11/25, 12/23, 12/30)
Dress Rehearsals: January 7 – 11
Final Performances: January 12-20, with possible extension through 1/27

Junior Company
Classes: Sundays, 5:30-8pm 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 the first two sessions 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: October 29 – January 21 (no class 12/24 or 12/31)
Dress Rehearsals: January 28 – February 1
Final Performances: February 2-4

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!