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mission statement

Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre is a nonprofit organization committed to:


*introducing students and their families to the transformative power of live theatre and the arts


*training young performers in all areas of theatre: singing, acting, dancing, writing, design, directing, and stage management.


*nurturing the next generation of artists to be free-thinking, open-minded, risk-taking artists who use their awareness of their community, society, and world to create thought-provoking and challenging works of art to promote social change.

Our Values

*Students are capable of far more than society assumes.

*Students are capable of teaching just as much as they are able to be taught.

*Every young person, regardless of background or experience, deserves the opportunity to participate on and off the stage.

*When they are with us, they are not kids. They are artists and students. Neither the quality of art nor the education standard should be sacrificed for the other's gain.

*Students and theatre can change the world and improve our community.

Board of Directors

Haley Vanness, President

Adam HaselhuhnVice President

Alison Buechler, Secretary

Jolene Laning, Treasurer

Angela Caulk

Kyle Chizek

DC Felton

Sam Melz

Maddie Topliff

Abigail Wallace

Nichole Poindexter-Wilson

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Bob & Maria Filippone, Founders

Production History


Afternoon of the Elves (2008), John Lennon and Me (2009), Trials: The Life of Joan of Arc (2010)


Zink: The Myth, the Legend, the Zebra; Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business


Homeroom the Musical; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown


Next to Normal (staged reading), Meet Me in St. Louis (with RTI), HERcules, 13 the Musical, Shout! An A Capella Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document (Student Directed Show)


My Name is Rachel Corrie (DMO), The Crucible (with RTI),  Annie Jr., Spring Awakening (DMO), Cabaret (DMO), Fame Jr


Little Women, BIG FISH (Adolescent Anarchy), Stop Kiss (Student Directed Show), RENT*, columbinus, Disney's High School Musical Jr.


Romeo & Juliet, The Hobbit**, 35MM: A Musical Exhibition (Student Directed Show), Fahrenheit 451 (Adolescent Anarchy), Songs for a New World, James and the Giant Peach Jr.*

Akeelah and the Bee*, Young Artists Sing Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Duck Variations (Student Directed Show), School of Rock**, The Giver (Adolescent Anarchy), Hairspray Jr.*

I Never Saw Another Butterfly**, DUETS, Bring It On* *, Legally Blonde Jr.*


You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown**; Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead; Disney's Frozen Jr., Treasure Island*; 13 the Musical​**; Lost Girl, Seussical Jr. 


The Boy at the Edge of Everything; The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe†


DUETS, She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms, Disney's Descendants


Heathers**, Sister Act Jr. 

*Cloris Award Nominee

**Cloris Award Winner

† Cancelled due to COVID





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