Theater encompasses classical and contemporary spoken as well as musical theater (optional). The strongest auditions demonstrate range, a commitment to craft, and illustrate the actor’s ability to make clear, nuanced performance choices that best showcase their distinct voice.
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
Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities
Am I Eligibile
To apply to YoungArts, artists must be:
A citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application)
15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2017
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
Review the requirements in the category your want to apply in
Prepare the required submission materials
Complete the application on Acceptd, an online application tool
Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver.
Fee waivers are available to qualified applicants. This means, if you qualify, your entire application fee(s) will be waived and you will not have to pay. To receive a fee waiver, you must upload documentation of need (please see below). In order to successfully SUBMIT an application for review, these documents must be uploaded in the Payment section of the application prior to the October 13, 2017, 11:59pm EST deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS. One of the following documents may be uploaded for a fee waiver:
ACT or SAT testing fee waiver or NACAC College Application Fee waiver form.
Document that states you receive Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
Document from a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
Letter from a school teacher, guidance counselor or other school official stating that you qualify for financial aid.
Click SUBMIT by October 13, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST
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