Leadership is a characteristic that everyone has. It means to be brave and be yourself, but also to help other people find themselves and help them grow.

Jordyn, Student Ambassador

Center Theatre Group's Student Ambassador Program is the ultimate experience for L.A. County High School students who love the arts: an entirely free, eight-month program designed to transform passionate young people into arts leaders, team players, advocates, and engagement experts.

No arts, theatre, or leadership experience is required to participate! We're looking for Student Ambassadors with curiosity and commitment, enthusiasm and perseverance. Participants are divided into groups with long-term projects and goals, like designing special events and social media campaigns that inspire their peers to support the arts.

The Perks of Being a Student Ambassador

  • Gain leadership skills and work experience
  • Work on a team and lead your own projects
  • Meet new friends and professional mentors
  • Learn more about careers and the arts
  • And more, including free theatre tickets—and a $500 stipend upon completion of the program

Participation is free!

Program runs October 2018 – May 2019.

Apply by 10am on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

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Program Information


Arts-interested high school students ages 13–18 who reside in Los Angeles County are eligible to apply. No theatre or leadership experience is required. We accept applicants from public, private, and charter schools, as well as students who are home-schooled and those who attend alternative or continuation schools. Only one student from each school will be selected to represent their campus and community.

Transportation & Location

Meetings take place at the Center Theatre Group main offices located in The Music Center Annex, 601 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Center Theatre Group does not provide transportation to and from program locations, but we provide free parking or a free Metro pass to students throughout the program. Meeting space is subject to change during the course of the program, but will be located in Downtown Los Angeles.

Program Commitment

This is an eight-month, approximately 60-hour program. Students and parents, please check all dates below to be sure you’re able to participate and do not apply if you cannot come to every session. Consider the following conflicts before applying: after-school activity schedules (theatre, sports, etc.) in both the fall and spring semesters, family vacations, college trips, and mandatory scholarship or school events.

All Ambassadors required to attend:

  • Wednesday, October 10, 5–8pm: Group Interview
  • Saturday, October 27, 10am–6pm: Parent and Student Orientation*
  • Mondays, November 5 & 26, 4:30–7:30pm: Group Meetings
  • Saturday, December 8, 10am – 5pm: All-Day Group Retreat
  • Mondays, January 7 & 28, 4:30–7:30pm: Group Meetings
  • Mondays, February 11 & 25, 4:30–7:30pm: Group Meetings
  • Mondays, March 4 & 18, 4:30–7:30pm: Group Meetings
  • Monday, April 8, 4:30–7:30pm: Group Meeting
  • Thursday, April 11, 4–10:30pm: Youth Summit
  • Monday, April 22, 4:30–7:30pm: Closing Group Meeting
  • Saturday, May 11, 12–6pm: Culmination Celebration*

*Parents and teachers are invited to attend the Orientation and Culmination.

All Ambassadors must attend two of the following events:

  • Monday, March 11, 5–10pm: August Wilson Monologue Competition at the Mark Taper Forum
  • Tuesday, March 27, 6–pm: Lackawanna Blues Community Conversation, location TBD
  • Saturday, March 30, 10am – 5pm: College and Career Fair for the Arts, location TBD

In addition, Student Ambassadors will have the option of seeing several complimentary live theatre performances at the Ahmanson Theatre: Dear Evan Hansen on Sunday, November 18 at 1pm; Come From Away on Thursday, November 29 at 8pm; and Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella on Saturday, February 9 at 1pm.

Please note: If you are selected as a Student Ambassador, you may not participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. You are welcome to apply for both programs. If you have already been a Student Ambassador, you are not eligible to serve again.

Project Teams

Each Student Ambassador will work on one of these teams and will work with Center Theatre Group staff to design a Youth Summit based on the themes of the play Lackawanna Blues by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The Summit will take place after school on Thursday, April 11, 2019. In your Personal Statement, you’ll need to tell us which team appeals to you the most.

Marketing & Social Media Team: Peer Engagement

Do you like to promote events? Interested in learning how to develop a social media campaign and audience engagement activities? The Marketing & Social Media Team will work with experts to design digital communication resources, outreach strategies, and activities for a theatre-related Youth Summit. This team is great for students interested in marketing, social justice, and encouraging their peers to support the arts. Experience in marketing or social media is not required.

Youth Summit Planning Team: Making an Impact

Do you like the idea of planning events and creating fun and inclusive spaces for your peers? Interested in inspiring discussions related to art and social justice? The Youth Summit Planning Team will work with experts to plan what happens at a theatre-related Youth Summit. This team is great for students interested in event planning, teaching, and creating spaces for discussions related to social justice. Experience in event planning is not required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Before you apply, please read through our Frequently Asked Questions. For additional questions, please email us or call 213.972.7587....