Theater accepts applications inclusive of classical and contemporary spoken monologues as well as optional musical theater song selections.  The strongest auditions demonstrate range, a commitment to craft, dexterity of language and illustrate the actor’s ability to make clear, nuanced performance choices that best showcase their distinct voice.

Winners in Theater performing during National YoungArts Week

Are you a performing artist who is 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12?

The 2023 YoungArts application opens June 7, 2022.


To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to these statements:

  • I am either a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident/green card recipient, or I can demonstrate that I am legally able to receive taxable income in the United States.  
  • I am in grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year I am applying. 
  • If I’m selected as a Finalist, this would be my first time attending National YoungArts Week.

Application Requirements

The requirements for the 2023 competition are listed in the downloadable PDF.

Hear from Winners and Guest Artists

Michael McElroy (1985 Theater), Guest Artist

Sean Stack (2015 Theater)

Blake Pfeil (2006 Theater)

Mara Jill Herman (2003 Theater)

Adam "Ace" Anderson (2009 Theater)

Peter Jay Fernandez & MaryAnn Hu, National Selection Panelists

Select Performances from Winners

William Ngong

Alyssa Sunew

Journee Brown

Amari Dyson & Ulises Otero Jr.

Elias Wachtel

Catarina De Luca Figueiredo & Madison Uphoff

Headshot of Kate Louissaint (2021 Theater)

Every dimension of my being was well fed, and I finished the week with nothing but raw inspiration to develop my craft and to cultivate empathy daily. I made more connections than I know how to convey.”

— Kate Louissaint (2021 Theater)