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 productions of staged theatrical concerts in major venues around the Washington, DC area, including Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, and The Clarice. Our primary focus is always on healthy, honest and communicative 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 three major productions per season with its YAACompany, two in the Fall Semester (October and January), and one in the Spring Semester (April). Students are welcome to sign up for either semester or both semesters. A discount is offered for those students who enroll for the full school year up front.
The first Fall production is a fully-orchestrated, concert production performed at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The second production in the Fall Semester (new in 2017-2018!) is our YAACompany Cabaret, which takes place at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center as well as at AMP by Strathmore.
View our rehearsal and performance schedules at our Student Portal.
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Each season, our students are exposed to a vast repertoire, which can include classic and contemporary musical theatre, grand opera and choral oratorio.
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.
Students have the unique opportunity to work closely alongside leading professional mentors both in rehearsal and performance. Recent mentors have included 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), 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 September, but may re-audition in 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.