The primary goal of the YAACompany is to teach students how to find their voice and tell their story.
Led by Producing Artistic Director, Rolando Sanz, the YAACompany is a conservatory-quality training program that gives high school singers, actors and dancers the rare opportunity to study, rehearse and perform in large scale works of music theatre in major venues with full symphonic orchestra.
The YAACompany strives to strengthen students' skills in singing, acting and dancing through a fun yet rigorous rehearsal process, as they prepare for major productions of staged symphonic theatrical productions performed in major venues around the Washington, DC area, including Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, Maryland Public Television, and The Clarice. Our primary focus is always on healthy, honest and communicative storytelling, singing, acting and movement, working towards the goal of a professional caliber final production.
Many of our alumni have gone on to study at prestigious universities including Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan, Penn State, CCM (Cincinatti), NYU, Baldwin Wallace, Northwestern, Rice, Indiana, and UMD. These students and their families often credit Young Artists of America at Strathmore for preparing them for college and their musical careers beyond.
Learn more about what our students say about our program here.
Schedule & Location
Young Artists of America at Strathmore produces two mainstage productions per season with its YAACompany, one in the Fall Semester (September-November), and one in the Spring Semester (December-March). Students are welcome to sign up for one semester or the entire season. A discount is offered for those students who enroll for the full school year up front.
View our rehearsal and performance schedules below:
Each season, our students are exposed to a vast repertoire, which can include classic and contemporary musical theatre, and more.
Recent innovative programming has included staged theatrical concerts of large scale musical theatre as well as unique productions that have been devised for and have received their world premiere with Young Artists of America.
Most recently, our world premiere of Young Artists of America: The Songs of Tim Rice filmed for PBS (Maryland Public Television) was nominated for three EMMY® awards and won an EMMY® in 2018.
YAACompany members are also often called upon to participate in exciting professional performances through our partnerships with various venues in the region. Recent and upcoming professional opportunities for students have included performing in:
Matthew Morrison & Shoshana Bean: Gala Performance (Strathmore)
World Premiere of Iron & Coal by Jeremy Schonfeld (Beth Morrison Projects/Strathmore)
Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home Tour (Strathmore)
Michael Feinstein: Gala Performance (Strathmore)
Julie Andrews: Gala Performance (Strathmore)
Patina Miller: Gala Performance (Strathmore)
YAA students have the unique opportunity to work closely alongside leading professional mentors both in rehearsal and performance. Recent and upcoming mentors have included Alan Menken (Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, On the Twentieth Century), Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County, Songs for a New World), Michael Feinstein (Curator of the Great American Songbook), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet, Shrek the Musical), Andrew Lippa (Big Fish, The Addams Family, The Wild Party), and many more.
Auditions for the YAACompany take place in September for the Fall semester and in November for the Spring semester. If a student enrolls for both semesters, they need only audition once in the fall, but may re-audition in September/November for solo opportunities.
All of our YAACompany students must audition to be accepted into the program.
Please visit our Auditions page for more information about upcoming auditions.