Student Ambassador Program Frequently Asked Questions
Before you apply, please read through our Frequently Asked Questions. For additional questions, please email us or call 213.972.7587.
Current high school students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 from Los Angeles County are eligible to participate (verify your county at schoolfinder.us). Students must be enrolled in high school the entire school year. Public, private, charter, and home schooled students are all eligible. We welcome applicants from continuation high schools as well.
We ask that you do not apply if you are not available on all program dates, including the group interview, orientation, and culmination. Please consider the following conflicts before applying: after-school activity schedules (theatre, sports, etc.) in both the fall and spring semesters, family vacations, college trips, mandatory scholarship, or school events.
In the interest of fairness, students can only do the program once.
There is no fee to participate in the Student Ambassador Program; it's entirely free! The costs for all of the activities, from seeing plays to attending workshops, are covered by Center Theatre Group.
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place at our offices at 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. Find more information on parking and public transportation on our website or at metro.net.
Please note that we are unable to escort young people between public transportation and event locations. We do not recommend that minors take public transportation unaccompanied after evening events.
Center Theatre Group is a nonprofit, so the answer is very likely yes. Many Ambassadors use the program to complete their community service requirements. You can choose this option in lieu of receiving a $500 stipend upon completion of the program.
All aspiring Student Ambassadors must submit complete applications with signatures from a parent/guardian and teacher. We’re not looking for a specific type of student; instead, we want to bring together a diverse group of students with different interests, skills, and personalities. Use the application questions to be honest with us about why you feel you need this leadership experience, what you’re interested in, and who you are. Don’t worry about trying to impress us! There's no need to be as formal as a college application essay, and we're not reading for grammar or spelling.
After reviewing all of the applications, our staff selects students to participate in a group interview and makes final selections from there.
No acting or performing is involved. But if you have a background in acting, you might enjoy getting a window into other careers and opportunities within theatre. If you’d prefer a performance opportunity, we suggest you check out the August Wilson Monologue Competition.
You are welcome to apply to both programs. If you are selected for the Student Ambassador program, you will not be able to participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. If you are not selected for the Student Ambassador program, you will be informed in time to participate in the preliminary auditions for the August Wilson Monologue Competition.
Several staff members in Center Theatre Group’s Education & Community Partnerships Department read and discuss each application we receive.
Here’s what we look for:
- Are you interested in the program? Do we think you’ll have a good experience here?
- If you have theatre experience (especially acting experience) we need you to tell us why you’re applying for this program, where you’ll build leadership and career skills, instead of one where you’ll be onstage or directly working on your art form. If you don’t have previous theatre or arts experience, it won’t impact your chances of getting into the program, but you do need to tell us why you’re applying for a leadership program within a theatre instead of one somewhere else.
- Do you bring something unique to the program?
- We are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds, with different interests and reasons for applying to be a Student Ambassador. Don’t try to be formal in your answers to the questions—we want to see your unique style and voice shine through. It’s better for us if your answers sound like you’re talking to a friend, not applying to college. Instead of trying to tell us what you think we want to hear, be yourself and be honest in your responses.
- Are you ready to commit to this program?
- We consider whether you submit your application on time and with all parts completed. It’s okay if you have technical difficulties, but if we have to follow up several times to remind you to send a picture or submit your written responses, that’s a sign to us that you might not be ready to commit to this program. We also look at whether you seem overcommitted, or nervous about committing to all of the program dates. Note that in general, spelling and grammar won’t impact your chances of selection.
- Do you need this program?
- Don’t let lack of experience with theatre or leadership stop you from applying! People with a lot of experience might not benefit as much from becoming a Student Ambassador. Tell us why you need this program to develop skills you need for life, school, or your career. If you’ve already decided on a career path, it’s helpful for us to know why this program might help you achieve your goals. Be honest with yourself about whether this program is the best fit for you. If you want to be an actor, for example, you might be better suited to participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition or another program focused on your craft.