Relentless Hope

We will not relent, because we are relentless!

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Relentless Hope.

For so many, Developing Artists is a symbol of Hope.

During these tumultuous times, as our young artists continue to fight for justice, no matter what obstacles are put in their way, they continue to meet each other, their allies, and even foes with love and acceptance. These young people are the symbol of Relentless Hope.

We’ve learned so much from our students.

When young people are more susceptible to being pawns in a culture war... 

When they are still being dismissed as irrelevant factors in major decisions that have lasting impact in society…

When the rest of us may want to give up...

their hope provides an alternative, a better way of living and thriving in the world. Now more than ever, it is the young people who are leading the charge and often taking the blows on the front line in order to affect real change. It is imperative that Developing Artists do everything we can to continue to provide these teenagers with the tools to succeed and be heard.

By helping us raise $30,000 by December 31, you will make it possible for us to provide more resources to our students as they continue their training at home. Whether it's providing instruments and private music lessons for the first time, or providing media kits and training for creating their own films and videos, we’re doing more than ever, during an unprecedented era, and can only continue with your support.

When you invest in Developing Artists, you invest in the next generation of ART-ivists, and together, we will continue to be a force for change and a symbol of hope in a world that needs it most right now. And together, we will not relent. Because we are relentless.


Developing Artists was founded in 1999 with a simple act of protest against youth discrimination. Following Artistic Director Jill DeArmon's numerous years of experience teaching performing arts in NYC public schools and established studios, she was astonished by the lack of freedom and empowerment students were given to create and felt they were censored rather than amplified and trusted. She was threatened to either stay and stick to the status quo or be fired. Jill told her class that she was leaving, because she could not accept ageism. Every student decided to follow her out and the first Developing Artists Ensemble was born. In collaboration with her new ensemble, Jill offered classes where teens could be heard, with support to create original work that tackles important social issues. She committed to empowering students through art by giving them practical tools to express themselves and learn to collaborate.

DA offers rigorous theater education to underserved high school students (aged 13-19) in the New York City metropolitan area. Our goal is to provide young people with professional performing arts training that will equip them with valuable artistic and life skills, and the confidence to take action in their lives.

Core programs are DA’s year-round theatre classes and the REBEL VERSES Festival launched in 2001. Through the years, DA has directly served over 2,400 students and thousands of audience members. DA fostered a community of diverse artist citizens and maintains ongoing connections with our alumni network, some of which return as Teaching Artists. We help DA students get into notable high school and college performing arts programs, and some have gone on to study at prestigious institutions such as Yale School of Drama. One such alumnus, Julian Elijah Martinez, recently made his Broadway debut in NETWORK starring Bryan Cranston and is one of the stars of WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA on Hulu. Another alumna, Jessica Asch, Program Creator and Lead Clinician at Shine MSD, Inc, became a licensed arts and drama therapist whose work with at-risk youth has included developing and implementing a creative arts therapy program around collective healing in Parkland, Florida.

The last three years also helped solidify the identity of DA: Our ensemble engages with individuals on the frontline of important social issues then utilizing various performing arts, we bring to light these issues to a broader audience as we seek allies along the way to impact positive social change. DA was tapped to perform in numerous events including: We Rise: A Celebration of Resistance at the Delacorte Theatre (Public Forum in Collaboration with Resistance Revival Chorus), New York Women’s Foundations Celebrating Women Breakfast 2019, City Hall rally hosted by New York 4 Culture and Art to protest the proposed 6 millions dollar cut in cultural and arts funding. Developing Artists’ trajectory is leading us to connect and work with many social justice organizations for our future projects.


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Hey guys! Wonderful work you keep doing, and Happy Thanksgiving! Still in HK for another short while, but I'll be relocating the next year or so. Big big hugs to you and your community, and thank you for your letter. I was pleasantly surprised to receive something on the post. It doesn't happen that often anymore. Lots of love, Nicole

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Very happy to contribute to such a worthy cause helping young talent.

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