Dreams Made Real
DMR Adventures specializes in classes and productions in the performing arts, and has produced over 30 musicals and plays, and over 50 classes, including a Broadway Masterclass series, a Cabaret Series, DMRinNYC (traveling to NY to train with professional artists and see Broadway productions), Broadway at the Paramount, and several performing troupes.
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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 advanced troupe proudly won 3 awards on our first trip to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA. The troupe was also invited to perform in a special presentation at the Virginia Theatre Association Annual Conference. Our students have gone on to top musical theatre conservatories and university training programs, and to perform in film, television, and even a national tour!
Our outreach troupe, the DMR All Stars, perform in and around Charlottesville, VA, to 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.
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 40,000 in scholarships and discounts to students in need.
We will be producing a huge event in the summer of 2016, Broadway at the Paramount, which will bring multiple Broadway performers to teach area students and perform with them on the historic stage of the renovated Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, VA. We will also be adding a third troupe, the Junior Stars, that will allow our younger students the opportunity to train with professionals and focus on their technique and performance in acting, singing, and dancing.
We are thrilled to have just moved into our permanent rehearsal space, DMR Studio. DMR Studio is the home of DMR Adventures and a center for our creative community.
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.
With the exception of stipends for guest artists, our program has been completely run by volunteers over its 8 year history. Our mission will be best served by operating as a not-for-profit organization, and we are in the process of applying for fiscal sponsorship as we receive consultation on moving forward with a 501(c)(3) designation. Our goal is to move into a permanent space, supported by two employees, and to produce an entire season of productions and a broader menu of training opportunities. If you would like to help us as we move forward with these ambitious goals, please email DMRAdventures@gmail.com.
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