Rare insight! – Center Theatre Group, Student Ambassador program

Just recently i got into center theatre groups student ambassador program.

Binder full of info!
Binder full of info!

CTG student ambassador program is  a free program for Los Angeles County high school students who are curious about the arts and want to build leadership and teamwork skills.  – CTG


Being in the program you get access to many opportunities such as seeing plays, attending workshops all for free and much more! Did i mention you get paid 500$ stipend in the end or community service hours for completion of the program!  But that is not what this program is about- Its about building a trust and friendship with people who may be very different from you or very similar  and working on helping the arts and our community such as fighting for arts in public schools, making the arts more accessible and much more.  One reason i applied is because i want to use theater as a form to connect and inform people with their community.

Crash course workshop at CTG.Always have a great time here! Thanks CTG!  not taken by me
Crash course workshop at CTG.Always have a great time here! Thanks CTG!
not taken by me
Binder full of info!
Binder full of info!


In order to get in you first submit an application then if you get accepted into semi finals it is a group audition where you sort of get assessed on your teamwork and leadership skills and more but in a fun way through games and food!

swag !
swag !


Then once you get in there is an orientation with breakfast where parents and guests were invited to hear more about the program and have a nice brunch with a scavenger hunt we went around downtown and grand park in teams to find clues to solve puzzles resulting with awards ! It was super nice because it was like i was in another decade not having my phone on me was super nice for a change!  I also wasn’t  about anything except if solve the clues and riddles right!

The program requires a lot of commitment missing more than one meeting could result in removal from the program if you know that you are going to be busy any of those days or just not show up at all  it might not be the best fit !

Every meeting starts with some nice food (as always) and some warm ups to get everybody confident and ready to work.  Some exercises include Augusto Boal   and also some that involve speaking out and becoming comfortable with yourself and who YOU are or what you identify your self as.

New CTG Ambassadors!!
New CTG Ambassadors!! and our awesome Mentors/leaders Felipe and Camille!!

This is just a start i have SO much more to say and am going to be posting more about each meeting !!!

If you want to learn more about the education programs CTG offers click HERE! 

Posted by Lily Larsen

I am a 17-year-old​ activist/arts advocate and have been participating in marches, protests and petitions since I was 5 years old. I serve on Mayor Garcetti's Youth Council for South LA. And have generated a petition to ban factory farming in California with over 55,000 signatures. I organize community events and get teens like me connected with social justice issues and activism all over LA.

6 thoughts on “Rare insight! – Center Theatre Group, Student Ambassador program”

  1. Lily, this is awesome. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the program. We absolutely love having you in the room and I’m stoked to see what you and your team dream up!

  2. Lily! Camille shared your blog with the Education and Community Partnership team at CTG and I was blown away. We are so lucky to have you in the program and I appreciate your clear insight into what the program is all about! Thank you for taking the chance to apply and I look forward to getting to know you through the process and reading more of your thoughts on the experience.
    Leslie K. Johnson, Director of Education and Community Partnerships @ Center Theatre Group

    1. Hi Ms. Johnson,
      Thank you so much for reading my post and support of my site! CTG is always so welcoming! and i am glad and grateful to be apart of the program it has already effected me immensely into what i would like to pursue in the future which is very important. I hope to meet you soon and will definitely inform you of any future posts.

      Once again Thanks a bunch!

      Lily Larsen

  3. I am very impressed by the program and by this blog. Being a teen activist gives us all hope for the future. You are spending your time and energy very wisely – and how wonderful that Center Theatre Group has this to offer the teens of Los Angeles.

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