The Virtual
Teen Arts Audition Prep Series

The Virtual TEEN ARTS AUDITION PREP SERIES is an innovative suite of video resources providing creative and practical guiding tutorials for MS and HS students to prepare for the Audition process in their chosen field (Dance, Moving Image, Instrumental Band, Strings, Theater, Visual Arts or Vocal Performance).

Student Resource: While creative expression and desire are crucial for auditioning students, this series expands on our Summer Arts Institute work by supporting our young artists to navigate what is in their control, with intention.

Educator Tool: First and foremost a valuable and equitable resource for many students who might not otherwise have access to audition supports, this comprehensive series also paves the way for teachers to activate truly blended instruction by incorporating these audition resources as a part of a vibrant arts curriculum.

Each Art discipline provides several produced videos expanding on core aspects of Audition/Portfolio such as:

Video Act I: “Audition How To”

Navigate the audition process from preparation to presentation, from techniques to appropriate repertoire selection, from headshot to portfolio. Learn tips on how to balance hard work with personal well-being.

Video Act 2: “Master Class Coaching”
Explore your craft by watching peers engage in a remote working auditions or portfolio review sessions with professional feedback. Students & teachers alike can learn from these modeled intensive classes that reflect diverse approaches and repertoire.

Video Act 3: “Audition Next Steps & Possible Careers”
Learn audition tips for specific programs (high school, college, professional opportunities, etc.). Gain valuable insights regarding the profession of being an artist as well as an introduction to arts related and arts management careers.



Thank you to American Ballet Theatre, The Julliard School, Magic Box Productions, the New York Philharmonic, Opening Act!, Studio in a School and the Theater Development Fund (TDF) for collaborating as expert arts education partners to produce insightful, engaging, and actionable videos.

The Office of Arts and Special Projects offers our appreciation to the Fund for Public Schools for their partnership, and our deepest gratitude to Con Edison, Exploring the Arts, the Harkness Foundation, The Shubert Foundation and Sterling Bank of Queens for their support and recognition of equity to resources for all NYC youth.

Photos by Daniel Rader