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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.


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.

TYA Senior Company Fall 2020

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Adapted by Nina Faso & Stephen Schwartz
With Additional Contributions by Gordon Greenberg
Songs by Craig Carnelia, James Taylor, Mary Rodgers, Micki Grant, Stephen Schwartz, Susan Birkenhead, Lin-Manuel Miranda
From the book by Studs Terkel

In a time when so many Americans are out of work, how do we define ourselves?  Are we more than just our jobs?  TYA will explore this timely piece, which may resonate now more than ever. Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia and James Taylor.

This new 2012 version of Working is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life. While most of the professions have been updated, the strength of the show is in the core truths that transcend specific professions; the key is how people’s relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself. The show, still set in contemporary America, contains timeless truths. This new version of Working allows the audience to get a rare glimpse of the actors and technicians, working to put on a show. This raw adaptation only enhances the realistic and relatable nature of the subject matter.

Directed by Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Direction by Tiffany Underwood Holmes

Rehearsal and Performance Dates

Callbacks: Video submissions by 10/20
Classes*: Full Company rehearsals Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm beginning 10/28, Individual and small group rehearsals scheduled based on cast/creative team availability.  
Rehearsal Period:  October 28  – January 2
Dress rehearsals/Performances:  TBD January 4-24
Tuition: $550

*Full company rehearsals will be held virtually at this time.  Soloists and small group socially distanced rehearsals may occur, pending current Covid data.  Tech week may be replaced with “film shoot” style schedule to minimize number of people in the building at one time.  Final performance may be recorded and streamed virtually.

For need-based scholarship consideration, please e-mail a letter outlining the amount requested to Ms. Stephanie.

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We have a lot of new costs associated with producing theatre safely in a pandemic- new technological challenges, the need to hire videographers, sound engineers, and more.  Please consider making a donation to help offset these costs to bring professional training to some of the best and brightest theatre students in this area.

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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)

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Eligible Grades: 6-12

Students will continue to learn and improve their drama skills while developing themselves professionally, working on audition skills, and rehearsing for a final virtual performance.

Directed by Megan Elizabeth Henderson  

Auditions : by invite only at this time

Callbacks : Video submissions by 10/20

Rehearsals : Full company rehearsals Mondays, 5:30 – 7 pm starting November 2. Individual and small group vitual rehearsals will be scheduled based on cast/creative team availability.

Virtual Tech Week : TBD Feb 1-5

Virtual Performances: TBD Feb 6-14
Tuition: $500

*Dress rehearsal and performance schedules will be dictated based on submitted conflicts and ability to meet classwork objectives. All Junior Company members who meet classwork competencies will be guaranteed performance time with Senior Company, but not all members will be used for all performances.

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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 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.  

 Summer 2020 Title TBA

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



Wednesday, February 19, 3:00-4:30pm
Thursday, February 20, 3:00-6:00pm
Monday, February 24, 3:00-5:00pm
Tuesday, February 25, 3:00-5:00pm 
Wednesday, February 26, 3:00-5:00pm 
Thursday, February 27, 3:30-6:00pm

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.​

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


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