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 FAQs
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 Fall/Winter 2019-2020
Brooklyn the Musical
Eligible Grades: 9-12, TYA Alums, and College Students
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld & Barri McPherson
Brooklyn the Musical is a story within a story. On the outside you have a troupe of street performers who are sharing a story from their lives, using it to help you see them as people, too. Then there is the story they tell—the story of a young girl who comes to the US to find the father she never knew. Together these stories create a show that is both touching and inspiring, drawing the audience to a live theater experience to remember.
Directed by Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Direction by Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Rehearsal and Performance Dates
Callbacks: October 21 by appointment
Classes: Saturdays 2-5 pm PLUS additional days of the week based on cast availability. Please see sample rehearsal schedule in FAQ and provide a full list of weekday and weekend conflicts at auditions
Rehearsal Period: October 26 – January 4 (no classes during Winter Break)
Dress rehearsals: Jan 5-9
Performances: Jan 10-18 with possible extension to Jan 25
Mandatory Jury Day: February 17
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.
Past TYA productions include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder*, Urinetown, Heathers the Musical: High School Edition, Cry-Baby*, Hands on a Hardbody*, Parade, First 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!
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 Fall/Winter 2019-2020
Eligible Grades: 6-12
Book by Dennis Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Based on the book Matilda by Roald Dahl
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, this Tony Award-winning musical is a captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence… and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, Miss Honey. Could Matilda’s courage and cleverness save the pupils from her school from the wrath of mean headmistress Miss Trunchbull?
Directed by Megan Elizabeth Henderson
Dress rehearsals: January 25-30
Performances: January 31-February 2, daytime performance Monday Feb 17
Tuition: 3 payments of $200 ($50 discount if paid in one installment)
Mandatory Jury Day: Feb 17
TYA SCHOLARS PROGRAM
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.
Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure
Eligible Grades: 9-12, TYA Alums, and College Students
Directed by Megan Henderson Lowcher
Music Direction by Dustin Merrell
Available by invitation only
Callbacks: June 20
Rehearsals: June 24 – July 12, weekdays 4:30-8 pm, weekends TBD based on cast availability
Tech: July 13-16
Performances: July 17-21 at Drama Learning Center, available field trip and camp enrichment booking thereafter
Thursday, September 19, 3:00-5:30pm
Tuesday, September 24, 3:00-6:00pm
Wednesday, September 25, 3:00-4:00pm
Thursday, September 26, 3:00-6:00pm
Monday, October 7, 3:00-6:00pm *PREVIOUS JUNIOR & SENIOR COMPANY MEMBERS ONLY*
Monday, October 21, 3:00-6:00pm *PREVIOUS SENIOR COMPANY MEMBERS ONLY*
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.