How to Apply

The Center will accept applications for the Young Artist Diploma Program until Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Applications of the 2019 class are now closed. 

Entering students will begin the Program on Monday, June 24, 2019 by participating in the 5-week Summer Intensive, which runs from June 24 through July 26, 2019.

Due to limited space this year, the Center will only accept students entering the 7th and 8th grades in the Fall of 2019. However, high school students can apply and will be put on a waitlist for an interview when space becomes available. Students at an intermediate or advanced level in at least one of our core training areas – music, dance, theater, or media – are highly encouraged to apply.


All applicants must complete the Young Artist Diploma Program Application Form. As part of the application process, students are required to be nominated by teachers, school administrators, artists, or community leaders. The Center will receive many more applications than there are spaces in the program. The students selected will receive a personal interview conducted by members of East Bay Center’s staff. This is a formal interview where an audition is required. We like to listen to or watch a few minutes of performance; this enables us to better place the student in the proper classes, lessons, and ensembles, as well as to maintain a balance in the incoming groups of new students.

For more information, please contact Kwesi Anku, Associate Director of Student Development and Training, at 510-323-4495 or

Para más información en español, favor de comunicarse con: Letty Mejia, Registro Oficial,  al 510-323-2495 o y a Lolis Garcia, Asociada de Programa: formación y desarrollo del estudiante, al 510-323-2019 o


Kwesi Anku

Associate Director: Student Development and Training