DMR Adventures provides professional performing arts training FROM the professionals. The high caliber of training serves to drive passion, discipline, and commitment in the students with whom we work. Part of this training includes a mentorship program, the Youth Leadership Program. This program allows driven students with an interest in leadership the opportunity to handle responsibilities as members of the creative or technical team on productions and assist or lead classes.
Our outreach troupes perform in and around Charlottesville, VA, at area festivals (such as the Pride Festival and Vegetarian Festival), community events (New Year’s celebration, lighting of the holiday tree downtown, the lighting of the lawn at our local university), and many nursing homes in the area.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, DMR Adventures has provided a multitude of accessible programing for students reaching far beyond Charlottesville. In 2020, our DMR's virtual programming consisted of 77 drop-in classes and events, 27 virtual series of classes, 19 virtual summer camps, 12 virtual showcases, 10 virtual musicals, 7 virtual workshops, and more.
We have worked in two cities, Danville, VA and now Charlottesville, VA to build community through the arts. We have collaborated with the Danville Department of Parks & Recreation, the North Theatre, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, the Boys & Girls Club of Danville, the Union Street Theatre, Art on Main, the Danville Association for the Arts & Humanities, First Night Virginia, the Paramount Theatre, Charlottesville Downtown, the Downtown Danville Association, Danville Community College, Peabody School, the Charlottesville Center for the Arts, the University of Virginia, the Autism Theatre Project, and more.
DMR believes in making performances and classes accessible to all, and have worked with communities with underserved populations as well as families with children who have sensory-related issues to make a difference for these students through the arts. We are proud to have provided approximately $50,000 in scholarships and discounts to students in need.
We are thrilled to have recently moved into our permanent rehearsal space and performance space, the Belmont Arts Collaborative.
The focus of DMR Adventures (Dreams Made Real) is the development of artists through education and performance opportunities in acting, dance and voice. Classes and programs are led by both local and visiting guest artists who are experts their fields. It is common to see one of our regular visiting Broadway artists working and laughing with students, or to hear our young students discussing professional jobs and audition experiences. Even though we support and encourage professional opportunities and growth, DMR Adventures is also a wonderful place for beginners or those wanting to dust off their old skills and passions. Our Youth Leadership Program (YLP) has been at the core of our programming for the last eight years, providing long-lasting relationships and impactful training — many YLP members have established their own artistic programming, have produced educational opportunities within their respective communities, and most importantly, have gone on to serve as mentors.
"DMR Adventures has given me not only an incredible theatrical education and life-changing leadership opportunities, but has also given me a family across the country."
- Michaela C.
"DMR Adventures is an amazing program with a variety of opportunities for kids from beginner to pre-professional. The training is high quality and fun, and Melissa Charles is a kind and skilled leader who is loved by her students."
- Erin R.
"A positive, supportive environment that promotes creativity and self confidence. DMR programs give local children the opportunity to perform in our community and explore options beyond."