One of the perks of being a Grand Arts Thespian is having exclusive information on what is happening around Grand Arts High School and in Downtown Los Angeles. The Grand Arts Thespians make an effort to participate in communal programs throughout Los Angeles which not only benefit you, but also the community! The best part of it all, is that you earn Thespian points while you participate! Explore your opportunities below.
Center Theatre Group's Student Ambassador Program
"This is the ultimate experience for high school students who love the arts: an entirely free, six-month program designed to transform passionate young people into arts leaders, team players, advocates, and engagement experts." - Center Theatre Group
Many Grand Arts Thespians have been a part of this phenomenal program! This year long program helps build friendships, leadership skills, and confidence! Who wouldn't want to see free shows, help the community, and receive a $500 stipend OR community service hours?!
August Wilson Monologue Competition
"The August Wilson Monologue Competition enables students from all walks of life to discover August Wilson's profound and deeply relevant works of art, study the craft of acting, explore their own creative voices, and learn more about our shared history and themselves." - Center Theatre Group
In the past years, a variety of Grand Arts Thespians have advanced to Regional Finals at the Mark Taper Forum and even National Finals in New York City!
The Music Center's Spotlight Competition
"Southern California High School students of ALL talent levels are encouraged to apply for FREE. Much more than a competition, Spotlight is a scholarship and training program, which encourages personal and artistic growth, while exploring new possibilities in the arts! Cash SCHOLARSHIPS up to $5,000, MASTER CLASSES with world renowned artists, WORKSHOPS, and more!" - The Music Center
Every year, the Grand Arts Thespians are well represented with numerous thespians submitting audition tapes and advancing to higher rounds. We've even had thespians advance to finals and win scholarships toward college!
"The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected from a pool of more than an average of 11,000 applications (in 2015, the organization received a record-breaking number of more than 12,000 applications), YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions." - YoungArts
A recent Grand Arts Thespian alumnus, Mason Alexander Park, was named a Presidential YoungArts Scholar. Out of millions of artists in America, Mason was part of the very few elite students selected for the title.
The English Speaking Union (National Shakespeare Competition)
"The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition provides teachers across the country with a performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare. It is a school-based program serving Grades 9-12. Through the Competition, students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. The Competition has engaged more than 300,000 young people since its inception in 1983." - The English Speaking Union
Year after year, the Grand Arts Thespians are always represented at the English Speaking Union. We encourage Shakespeare and Non-Shakespeare lovers to apply!