TYA Professional Training Program

TYA Professional Training Program

Teaching Young Artists (TYA) is Drama Learning Center’s Professional Training program. Available by audition only, TYA is comprised of four main programs:  Senior Company, Junior Company, Summer Musical Theatre Intensive, and Scholars. TYA’s Senior Company produces two full-length shows each season, while Junior Company produces one full-length musical and a skills-based audition prep session. Summer Intensive students work at an accelerated pace to produce a summer mainstage show in just three weeks while participating in professional development activities. TYA Scholars work individually with artistic leadership to prepare for collegiate auditions.


TYA Senior Company

TYA Senior Company allows students to work in a professional theatre environment as they learn about all aspects of theatrical work in a college preparatory atmosphere with individualized instruction. In addition to rehearsing for the productions, classwork includes dramaturgy research, character development, ensemble building, and audition skill growth. Alums of the program have studied (or are currently studying) at such prestigious institutions as: Catholic University of America, Elon University, James Madison University, Marymount Manhattan, NYU Tisch, University of the Arts, University of Maryland, Rider University, Wagner College and others. The program is a tuition-based college prep course with limited scholarship/tuition assistance available to candidates who qualify.

TYA Senior Company Spring 2018

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

Book & Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Music & Lyrics by Mark Hollman

A sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!) in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself!

Directed by Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Direction by Tiffany Underwood Holmes

Rehearsal and Performance Dates

Callbacks: March 10, time TBD
Classes: Saturdays, 2-5pm AND additional days of the week based on cast availability. Please submit a full list of all known conflicts at auditions, and review sample rehearsal schedule on FAQ page.
Rehearsal Period: March 17 – June 9
Dress Rehearsals: June 3-7
Performances: June 8-16
Tuition: 3 payments of $225 ($50 discount if paid in full at start of session). For need-based scholarship consideration, please bring a letter outlining the amount requested to the audition.

Have you received a letter of acceptance? Please register for TYA now!

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Past TYA productions include: Heathers the Musical: High School Edition, Cry-Baby*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 Senior Company aspirations to further develop skills in audition preparation, harmony singing, character development, and more. Junior Company members produce a full length musical in the Fall/Winter session and participate in a skills-based audition prep class in the Winter/Spring. Students who excel throughout the year will be invited to participate in a special Spring workshop which will include being featured as an ensemble member in select scenes of TYA Senior Company’s production in June.  (It is recommended that Junior Company students participate in DLC Fall and Spring production classes to supplement their learning)

TYA Junior Company Winter/Spring 2018: Song & Scene Showcase 

Eligible Grades: 6-12

As they are guided in repertoire development, students will work towards a presentation of new audition material in a final showcase at the conclusion of the session. Ensemble numbers will be rehearsed to build skills in harmony singing and movement. NEW this session: Classes will be held once a week for either a full company rehearsal or a private coaching. Each Junior Company studet will receive two PRIVATE coachings with TYA artistic staff. Though rehearsals will take place primarily on Sunday evenings (a mix of company rehearsals and private coachings), there may be up to one additional rehearsal per week based on student availability. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be released once all conflicts are processed.

Classes: Sundays, 6-8:30pm. Additional weekday rehearsals may be added for individual or small group work (based on cast availability.) Please submit a full list of all known conflicts at auditions, and review the sample rehearsal schedule on the FAQ page.
Rehearsal Period: March 18, 25, April 8, 15, 29, May 6 (No class 4/1. Make up class will be scheduled based on student availability. No class on 4/22 due to DLC’s NYC trip to see Frozen. Make up class will be held the week of 4/23, date TBD based on student availability)
Technical rehearsal for the Junior Company showcase will be held on Sunday, May 6 from 1-4pm. A dinner break and 6pm showcase will follow.
Showcase: May 6, 6pm
Tuition: $275 ($50 discount if registered for a Spring production class) For need-based scholarship consideration, please bring a letter outlining the amount to the audition.

Directed by Megan Elizabeth Henderson

Have you received a letter of acceptance? Please register for TYA Junior Company now!

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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, apply to Musical Theatre Summer Intensives.
Senior Year Finalize applications and auditions, record and edit pre-screen audition footage, 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: The Catholic University of America, Elon University, James Madison University, Marymount Manhattan, NYU Tisch, University of the Arts, University of Maryland, Rider University, Wagner College, and others.

TYA Summer Intensive

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. NEW THIS YEAR: Touring Component – After the show’s premiere at DLC, it will tour Central Maryland for the remainder of the summer. Students who successfully complete the intensive will have the opportunity to be booked for paid performing jobs on the tour.

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

 It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament, and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones the Musicalwill capture hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

Rehearsal and Performance Dates

Classes: July 2-20 (no rehearsal July 4), weekdays 9am – 4pm
Final Performances: July 18-21
Tuition: 2 payments of $375 ($25 discount if paid in one installment) For need-based scholarship consideration, please bring a letter outlining the amount requested to audition.





Monday, February 19: 2 – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, February 20: 3:30 – 5 PM
Wednesday, February 21: 3:30 – 5 PM
Tuesday, February 27: 3:30 – 5 PM
February 28, 4:30 – 7 PM
Saturday, March 3 – Previous Senior Company Members Only


Audition Requirements
Please prepare a full song of your choice and a one-minute memorized monologue. Bring sheet music copied back to back in a binder with plastic sleeves — an accompanist will be provided. Bring a completed TYA Audition Form, list all known conflicts for the rehearsal period (including weekday commitments), read and sign the TYA Expectations Form. Applicants will not be able to audition without completed requirements.

Please fill out the form below or call (410) 849-6335 to request an audition appointment.​


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