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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.


Fall 2021 Production: Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

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A TYA Sr. & Jr. Joint Production
Directed by Sierra Young
Assistant Directed by Mallorie Stern 

Tech Dates: 01.16.2022 - 01.20.2022
Show Dates: 01.21.2022, 01.22.2022 (Two Show Day), 01.23.2022

Audition Info:
-Cast & Crew Must Be Vaccinated and able to show proof

-Auditions are open to anyone Grades 6-12
-Directors are requiring a 60-90 second video audition consisting of a comedic monologue to be emailed to by Sunday, 09.26.2021. 
-If possible, please include the usage of a prop in your audition video. This is suggested but not necessary.
-Callbacks (Invite Only!) will be held In-Person on Saturday, 10.02.2021 from 5pm-7:30pm at Drama Learning Center and auditionees will be required to show proof of vaccination to attend. 
-Note: This production is a non-musical play. 



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: Penn State University, 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.

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Past TYA productions include: BKLYN the MusicalA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder*, UrinetownHeathers 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)


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 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.  

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

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

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


“I can’t say enough how blown away I was by the incredible talent. It’s been a great experience for my daughter. Thank you! She will miss the cast for sure!”

– Margaret O.

“Even though my daughter was one of the youngest she said she always felt included by the older kids who looked out for them. This was a hugely ambitious project and it ended up being amazing! Thank you for taking this on and making such a caring environment for all the kids! This is why I love theatre, and now my daughter does too!”

– Alexia C.

“This was an awesome experience!! The older kids were great with my daughter who was one of the youngest in the cast. I truly appreciate the supportive and enriching environment that DLC created for this show.”

– Beth H.

“Not only was the show impressive, the experience was wonderful. My daughter and friends sobbed after the last performance. They’ve never been as close as a cast and they are already committed to return next summer.”

– Andrea D.

“You can’t tell from this distance but many of the kids, even though they’d never met before, were crying as they took their final bows. In 4 short weeks, you created a family.”

– Andrea D.

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