We are proud to introduce the staff for our BROADWAY ADVENTURE 2014 Camps. Additional staff members may be added, depending on the number of students enrolled.

Are you a high school student who loves to perform, direct, or design musicals or plays? Are you interested in gaining more experience by being on the staff of DMR Adventures? Apply to the DMR Adventures Youth Leadership Program. Please click on this link to apply. Feel free to Contact Us with any questions!

If you are interested in being an staff member for current or future camps and classes, You may email us at DMRAdventures@gmail.com with your resume, availability, and salary requirements.

Brad Bass, Star of Broadway's WICKED, MEMPHIS AND JERSEY BOYS
Brad Bass, Star of Broadway’s WICKED, MEMPHIS AND JERSEY BOYS, and Guest Instructor for the BROADWAY BABY Broadway Adventure Camp

Brad Bass was born and raised on a tobacco farm in Ringgold, VA. He moved to New York City at 18 to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy to pursue a career in Musical Theatre. After graduating in the summer of 2000, he started work full time as a professional actor. Brad worked regionally for five years, did a national tour, and in December of 2005 booked his first big job……WICKED. He joined the cast of WICKED in Chicago and within a year was playing the lead role of Fiyero. Brad was also blessed to make his Broadway debut with WICKED in 2007. He enjoyed doing workshops of new musicals and plays and in 2008 he was cast in MEMPHIS. Brad was in the Original Broadway Cast of MEMPHIS! After three years with MEMPHIS, he booked his next Broadway show, JERSEY BOYS. There are 10 male roles in JERSEY BOYS and Brad has played 7 of them! Brad can be heard on the original cast albums of MEMPHIS and Andrew Lippa’s A LITTLE PRINCESS. He has been seen on THE VIEW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, CBS THIS MORNING, THE TONY AWARDS, and the feature film of the Broadway version of MEMPHIS. Currently, Brad works as the Musical Theatre Artist in Residence at Averett University.

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Melissa Charles,  Artistic Director of Broadway Adventure, Founder of DMR Adventures.   www.MelissaCharles.com

Melissa Charles, Artistic Director of Broadway Adventure, is a professional actor, director, choreographer, and teacher, as well as a producer and consultant.  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. Melissa was the founder and Artistic Director of both the Broadway Adventure program and the Union Street Theatre (UST). She has taught workshops, classes, and coached actors for the International Thespian Festival, DMR Adventures, Broadway Adventure, UST, Live Arts, Lighthouse Studios, and Peabody School.  She has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke and a B.A. in Drama from UVa, and will begin working towards her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration in the fall. She has produced, directed and choreographed over 40 productions, and specializes in musical theatre. In addition to her work in the performing arts, Melissa is also a graphic designer, an event planner, an entrepreneur, and manages social media and communications for several organizations. Melissa’s most recent television appearance was on the new AMC series, Turn.  Melissa’s most valued accomplishment is the creation of DMR’s Youth Leadership Program (YLP), through which dozens of students interested in a career in the performing arts have gained hands-on experience with professional mentors. Most of the staff of the 2014 Broadway Adventure Camps are comprised of students who have worked with DMR for many years!   www.MelissaCharles.com

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Jacob Irby, Assistant Camp Director/Vocal Director

Jacob Irby is a rising Fourth Year at the University of Virginia. He is studying music with an interest in vocal technique and composition. Jacob recently worked on First Year Player’s Kiss Me, Kate as one of the vocal directors. He is also a member of the University Singers and the all-male a cappella group – the Academical Village People. He has performed in many productions at the University, throughout the Charlottesville community and along the East Coast. With over 100 performances under his belt from the past three years, Jacob wishes to pursue a career on Broadway before going to graduate school for mathematics.  Jacob started working with DMR Adventures in 2009, when he played Jack Scott in High School Musical at the Carrington Pavilion as a part of the first Broadway Adventure summer production.  Performances as Jesus in Godspell, Jr., and Drake in Annie followed, along with experience in the YLP as a vocal director for Grease in the summer of 2012.  Jacob just finished a run of the Peabody School production of  The Jungle Book, KIDS, assisting Melissa as the Sound Designer/Sound Board Operator.  Melissa is thrilled to have Jacob joining her again on all three camps this summer!

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Kamryn Burton, Music Director/Assistant Choreographer

Kamryn C. Burton is a Sophomore Musical Theatre major at Shenandoah Conservatory. In her first year in college, Kamryn was in All Shook Up, Cendrillon, and For Colored Girls.  Other recent credits include Gertrude  (Seussical), Asaka (Once on this Island),  and Marty (Grease).  Kamryn was chosen from over 3,000 students to perform in the “Broadway Jr. Slam” at the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, GA, where she was selected to play the Witch in Into the Woods.  Her troupe was also the recipient of the “Excellence in Acting Award.”  While she is continuing to aspire new dreams and reach new heights, Kamryn is thankful that she was a part of DMR Adventures, and the drive it has given her to get where she is today.  Kamryn has this to say of her experience as a student with DMR Adventures:

 “At the age of 13, I was cast in High School Musical with DMR Adventures and honestly had the time of my life. Being surrounded by so many talented people for summer taught me unlimited amounts of things. It also encouraged me to begin taking classes about everything from auditions to commercials, from teachers who have been in the real world and who have professional experience. Each summer I grew not only as an actress, but as a person. I owe a lot of my success to DMR Adventures because without it I don’t know where I’d be. “

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Denisha Saunders, Set Designer/Design Instructor, Acting Teacher, Stage Manager

Denisha Saunders is a second year at DCC, pursuing a career in Illustration and Animation. Denisha found her way to the stage after competing with the Forensics Club at George Washington High School.  She won First Place in the AAA division of the 2011 VHSL State Forensics Championship for storytelling, and also won the 2012 River District Festival Talent Show. In her spare time, Denisha performs  as a storyteller, poet, and speaker in schools and community organizations throughout Virginia.  Favorite roles include Frenchy (Grease) and Morgana (Sleeping Beauty), both with Union Street Theatre, and Peter Pan (CSI Neverland) She joined the Youth Leadership Program in 2013, as the Assistant Director/Acting Coach for the production Winnie the Pooh, KIDS. Denisha will be making her feature film debut in the thriller, The Answer, currently in post-production.  Her dream is to make a career creating cartoons and comics, publish her children’s novel, and maybe even act for a living.

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Michaela Campbell, Administrative Assistant for Summer Programs, Assistant Camp Leader/ASM for Broadway Baby

Michaela Campbell will begin her studies at the University of Virginia this summer as a Questbridge Scholar.  Michaela began her involvement with DMR Adventures in the fall of  2010, as a student and performer in the first production of Broadway Baby. Michaela quickly joined the Youth Leadership program, becoming involved as a Stage Manager, Camp Leader, Light Board Operator, Playwright and Student Director.  Michaela was one of the co-founders of the Union Street Theatre, and successfully helped to raise over $8,000 in  2 weeks in Danville, VA’s first crowdfunding attempt. Michaela is also an actress whose favorite roles include Annelle (Steel Magnolias), Storyteller (Once on This Island),  Penny (Hairspray) and Cinderella (Cinderella). Michaela was chosen as an All-Star at the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, GA in 2013, where her group won the “Excellence in Acting” Award.  She was an administrative intern and an Assistant Camp Leader at Live Arts in the summer of 2013. Michaela will soon graduate from Chatham Hall, where she has proudly served as a representative on the Honor Council.  Melissa is thrilled to work with Michaela for the 4th summer in a row! We look forward to sharing your BROADWAY ADVENTURE! Broadway-Adventure-Camp-Staff-2014

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