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New registrations are currently paused. Please join the waitlist and we will process new students as quickly as possible

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YAS! has limited openings for 2022-23
DMR is now offering transportation to many schools. Click here to inquire about YAS!

YAS! is now open for the 2022-23 Academic Year

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Grades K-5

The Youth After School (YAS!) program is for students currently in kindergarten through fifth grade.

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Financial Aid/Scholarships

A sliding scale is available for all families as well as the option to apply for a scholarship.

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Performing Arts Training

Enrolled students receive an award winning education from local professional teaching artists.

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Schedule Options

You choose between 1-5 days per week, based on your after-school needs.

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Bus Transportation

Transportation is available for an additional fee. New this year is a 2nd bus option as well as some car transportation.

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Click here to register for Fall 2021 YAS! sessions. 

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DMR Youth After School

YAS! Faculty 

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Tracy Diamond Allen

YAS! Director

Tracy Diamond Allen studied Theatre at The Cape Academy Of Dramatic Art (CADA) in South Africa, and received her ATCL (Associate) and LTCL (Licentiate Practical) Diplomas in Dramatic Arts from Trinity College London.  She has over 16 years of prior experience.  Tracy was co – owner of the Cape Town Theatre School, Dynamics Drama. Her aim is to support children through challenges, stimulate imagination and creativity, and develop self-confidence.

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Crystal Johnson

Partnership Manager/ YAS! Assistant

Crystal joined the DMR and YAS team last season as an educational assistant and worked with us as a camp manager over the summer. She is a wonderful mom of six kids, and has two daughters enrolled in DMR programs. Crystal works at Venable Elementary School.

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Jonathan Karns

Teaching Artist/YAS Assistant/Driver

Jonathan is a local performer and choreographer in Charlottesville, VA. He has experience working with a majority of the theatres in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area during his 10+ years participating in the arts. Jonathan is currently enrolled at the University of Virginia and working towards a degree in psychology with concentrations in child psychology and play therapy.

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Mark Williams

Teaching Artist/YAS Assistant

Mark grew up in Charlottesville and was often seen starring onstage in every musical at CHS. He has been involved in DMR since 2018, when he assisted with our first Beauty and the Beast production. He is a vocalist for the band ‘Viberiot’ and recently worked as an outreach teaching artist with The Front Porch. You may have seen him bringing down the house in our recent Broadway and Beyond!

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Karen Schlicht

Assistant & Driver

Karen Schlicht started out costuming her daughter when she was younger and then helping out other moms. She loved it so much that she had to teach herself how to use a sewing machine. Her favorite part about costume design is trying to create that little extra special for each child. Recent theater credits in costume design was Dear Edwina at Four County Players and Frozen KIDS with DMR. 

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Melissa Charles

Producing Artistic Director

Melissa Charles is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of DMR Adventures. She is a professional actor, director, choreographer, and educator, and has produced, directed and choreographed over 100 productions. A member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA) and SAG-AFTRA, she has worked as an actor in theatre, film, and television in NYC, LA and in regional theaters throughout the country.

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Jean DePiro

Music Instructor

Jean has been involved in musical theater for over 30 years! Some of her favorite shows that she has directed include You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Fantasticks, Oliver and of course, Frozen! She is a FT music director at the Church of the Incarnation and Our Lady of the Rosary (Crozet). In her down time, she enjoys UVA sports and hanging out with her dog Bixby!

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Xavier Taylor

Resident Music Director/
Voice Instructor

Xavier Taylor is a local performer and singing teacher of everything from classical to rock. He is originally from Maryland and studied voice at New England Conservatory.

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