Become a Young Audiences Roster Artist

Thank you for your interest in Young Audiences.

If you would like to become a YA roster artist, please fill out our standard application by clicking on the link below. If we feel your skills match our current needs, we will contact you at that time. New artists are reviewed throughout the year by the education staff and all applications will be kept on file.

 Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania promotes and develops programs that are:

Child-Centered  |  Measurably Effective  |  Outcomes-Based

We are interested in workshops, residencies, and performances that are of the highest artistic quality and meet the needs of students by delivering the information in the most effective way. We believe our unique method of delivery, through our four signature elements, empowers the child to own the experience through a gradual transfer of responsibility.

Young Audiences Signature Elements


A signature program will include an experience with the art form delivered by professional artists and will give participants the opportunity to interact with the work(s) of art itself. Experiences will inspire, engage and encourage interest and exploration in the arts and learning.


A signature program will illuminate the art form through its cultural context, creative processes, and/or the role of the artist and artistic expression.


A signature program will engage participants in the process of creating and empower them to make artistic choices.


A signature program will enable and encourage participants to link program content to personal experiences, other academic learning, and/or life skill development.

Young Audiences teaching artists are qualified, professional artists who have been selected after a rigorous application and audition/interview process. They are selected for both the quality of their artistry and the educational content of their programs. They are offered ongoing professional development opportunities at YA as part of the YAI national initiative and with our partners in the NJ and PA Arts Education field. In addition to their regular in-school programs for students, many of our artists also offer afterschool programs for students and/or professional development workshops for teachers.

YA Artist Criteria

Young Audiences is looking for professional artists who are able to demonstrate the following:

  • Artistic excellence in their chosen field
  • Experience with in‐school programming
  • Excellent classroom communication skills whether on stage or in the classroom
  • A well‐planned arts program which connects to an age‐appropriate student audience
  • A friendly, professional and highly responsible demeanor with a willingness to respond quickly to all communications from Young Audiences
  • A comprehensive resume and artist statement along with support materials including high‐resolution photos and, if possible, videos of their work with children
  • A willingness to submit to yearly background checks including: An FBI fingerprint check, a child abuse check and a criminal background check
  • A willingness to attend Young Audiences artists training sessions

To Apply to Become a Young Audiences Roster Artist

Please send the following information:

  1. A completed Artist Application Form (available in PDF and Word versions in sidebar of this page)
  2. Current Resume
    • please include your education and work with children
  3. Artist Statement
    • Tell us about you as an artist, your artwork, your discipline (list all if more than one), your work with children, and why you want to be a Young Audiences teaching artist.
  4. An assembly program summary (if applicable)
  5. A sample lesson plan for a 1-day workshop and a multiple-day workshop.
    • Include supplies, fees for supplies and appropriate grade levels (if applicable)
  6. Sample Professional Development Lesson Plan (if applicable)
  7. Samples of your artwork:
    • Visual Arts: 5 personal, 5 student if available (jpg format please)
    • Performing Arts: CD or DVD of your work and work with children
  8. References:
    • Contact information for 2 professional references

We will review your application and materials. If we are interested in bringing you onto our artist-in-residence roster, we will contact you to schedule an interview and to observe your work with children.

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