Are you a 15-18 year old actor?

Theater winners take master classes with professionals in their field and perform at leading arts institutions. The Theater discipline also includes musical theater.



Why Apply

  • Win cash awards of up to $10,000, an alternative to scholarships to spend as you wish

  • Take master classes with accomplished actors such as Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rosie Perez, Andrew Rannells, Phylicia Rashad, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Marisa Tomei, Kathleen Turner and Kerry Washington

  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support with a rich network of peers

  • Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities

Am i eligible?

To apply to YoungArts, artists must be:

  • US citizens or have permanent resident status

  • 15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2016

Please also note that Finalists who have previously attended YoungArts Week are not eligible to apply in any discipline/category.  We encourage these artists to participate in alumni programming.  Please contact [email protected] to find out more.

How To Apply


Theater applicants are required to submit a video of one contemporary monologue and a video of one classical monologue. Applicants also have the option of submitting a third video of a song from a book musical. All the requirements are listed in the downloadable PDF below.