Do you live, eat, drink, and breathe for creativity?

What if someone gave you a 1,300 seat theatre and a 5,000 square foot rehearsal hall, and let you create a show with no limits and no boundaries?

ABOUT THE PROJECTsmaller yap cast shot
Put a small group of promising young artists in a workshop environment with no creative limits, stir with the guidance of a veteran director and cook under the pressure of a public performance within weeks and what do you get? A theatrical event that blends drama, hip- hop, poetry, comedy, film, dance, film and storytelling.

Phantom Projects Theatre Group’s 14th Annual Young Artist Project is currently providing such the crucible for a talented troupe of strangers who will come together quickly to learn, create and experience the joys and pressures of creating professional theatre. Everything is original and created by the young participants.

The event brings together aspiring artists between the ages of 18 and 23 to merge their unique talents – whether writing, directing, acting, singing, dancing, etc. – in a collaborative effort to develop performance pieces by members of the group.

Smaller fez with cello yap 2015REQUIREMENTS
*Each participant must select ONE primary category that they feel best represents their talent and as many SECONDARY categories that they feel interests them.

*Each participant MUST be between the ages of 18- 23.

*Each participant must participate in at least 2 segments of the performance, regardless of the categories they select. Ex: Singers can’t just sing, they must participate in an additional way. However, not everyone has to be able to write. You can be an actor and a singer, but not be expected to write your own music or script.

*Each participant must have a good attitude and a positive energy throughout the process.

*Each participant must be fully available for the 2 week process.

Important Dates:

Applications Open:
June 10, 2022

Submission Deadline:
July 10, 2022 by 11pm (Early Submission is highly recommended)

Auditions (By Invitation Only):
We will schedule auditions as submissions are received.

Rehearsal Info:
Photo Shoot Day: July 21, 2022
First Rehearsal: July 23, 2022
Performance: August 6, 2022 at 1pm


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Frequently Asked Questions

smaller fez headsetsWhat is the Young Artist Project?
The YAP was created in 2007 as part of Phantom Projects’ 10th Anniversary. The idea was to find young people who were already veterans in their craft, to give them complete creative control over a production that they create from scratch.

Where are rehearsals and performances held?
Rehearsals are held at our rehearsal hall in La Mirada, CA.The performance takes place at the beautiful 1,300- seat La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

What’s the catch?
The performers selected for the project will have exactly 14 days from first meeting to final bow, to completely create, rehearse, learn and perform their production.

Smaller silksHow can I get involved?
The participants we select each year are chosen from over 100 applications. Of those who apply we tend to audition 40 of them. From those 40, we select the participants. There is no minimum or maximum that we choose. We simply choose the best. We’ve had as few as 4 and as many as 15 over the years.

What ages are accepted?
Performers must be between the ages of 18- 23 on performance day, August 6, 2022.

Is there pay?
There is no pay for the project. However, the experience gained is like no other and will stay with you forever. We highly recommend watching the documentary at the top of this page, and reading the thoughts below from past performers.

Is there a fee to be involved?
Absolutely not. There are no fees or costs to be involved. The option to purchase a show shirt is made, but not required.

smaller yapWhat is the schedule?
The schedule is set by the participants (except for the dates indicated above). However, in order to make this project completely unique and to meet the high quality we have come to expect, the performers pretty much eat, sleep, drink and live the Young Artist Project 24 hours a day for the entire 14 day process.

What kind of show do we need to create?
You need to create something that is amazing. Something that speaks to you. Something that speaks to your audience. The only limits are your imagination.

What if I’m more of a performer than a writer?
That’s fine…we need all pieces of the puzzle to make this work. However, all participants must bring two talents to the table.

Do you provide housing if I’m from out of state?
Unfortunately not…all participants should live in So. Cal or have a way to get out here during this project.