Teen Talent

Teen Talent SingerThe Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is seeking talented teens interested in showcasing their creativity in spoken word, monologue, song, dance, film, and more (if you have a talent they we forgot tell us about it)! Inspired by the special exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, teens are invited to respond to the three themes repeated throughout the exhibition: beauty (or the perception thereof), body, and image. On May 16, 2014, teens present their works at Teen Talent: Beauty, Body, and Image in VMFA’s Leslie Cheek Theater.

Awards are based on audience choice and include, but are not limited to, Apple products, a flip camera, and gift certificates to the VMFA Shop. The evening will also include a special exhibition curated “for teens, by teens” and refreshments for all!

Student Participation

Auditions are required and open to all students in grades 6 – 12. Performance groups and individual performers are eligible. Participants who are chosen are required to attend a dress rehearsal, when they will receive coaching in public speaking, delivery, voice projection, as well as spatial and audience engagement. The Teen Talent Show will take place in the Leslie Cheek Theater, Level L. Awards will be distributed in the Marble Hall.


Audition requests: Fri, Apr 11, 2014 by 5 pm (audition times below)
Performers or performance groups should email their chosen audition date to Jessica Bauserman. See required information under Guidelines below.

Auditions (participants must audition at one of the following times):
Sat, Apr 19, 2 – 4 pm
Sat, Apr 26, 11 am – 2 pm
Auditions will take place on a first come, first served basis.

Notification of Acceptance: May 2, 2014

Dress Rehearsal: Thu, May 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Teen Talent Event: Fri, May 16, 6:30 – 9 pm (participants must arrive at 5:30 pm), free  
NOTE: All performers are required to be present from beginning to end of the Teen Talent event.


1. Performances should relate to the theme: Beauty, Body, and Image, based on the VMFA special exhibition Posing Beauty. Though inspired by this specific exhibition, participants may use the theme loosely or use an existing performance that incorporates those words.

2. Performers or performance groups should include only students in grades 6 –12. No adults will be premitted to perform with students.

3. Performance groups should include no more than seven individuals.

4. Performances should run no less than two minutes and no longer than seven minutes. If your act is longer than seven minutes, please contact Jessica Bauserman.

5. Performance categories include Drama, Spoken Word and Monologue, Instrumental, Vocal and Dance, and Film and Animation.

6. Performers or performance groups should email their chosen audition date to Jessica Bauserman and include the following information:
a. Performance title
b. Performance description and its relationship to the theme
c. Performance category
d. Length of performance
e. Number of performers
f. Performer(s) name(s)
g. Performer contact information (phone and email)
h. Parent or guardian contact information (phone and email)
i. Audio/visual needs, e.g., microphone, sound for musical recording, screen for film, sound file format

7. Auditions are open and should be considered a full dress rehearsal. All performers are asked to audition as they would in the Teen Talent event; this includes full costume, makeup, etc.

8. Performances may not contain any profanity, vulgarity, excessive violence, or material deemed offensive by the coordinator of VMFA Teen Programs.

9. Once a student performance has been approved, a change of performance is not permitted.

10. All performers must have signed photo/video release forms before they will be permitted to participate in the Teen Talent event. Release forms will be provided during the Dress Rehearsal.

11. Participants must attend the scheduled Dress Rehearsal on May 15, 2014.

12. Participants must remain at VMFA for the entirety of the Teen Talent event on May 16, 2014 in order to be considered for an award.

13. Participants incorporating music into their performance (not played instrumentally) must provide VMFA with a sound file either by email, memory stick, or an MP3 player at the audition.

14. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will supply all standard AV equipment for sound and projection.


1. Award categories are Best in Show, Most Creative Interpretation of the Theme, Best Stage Presence, Most Talented in Grade, and Best Choreography.

2. Awards will be given to individuals or groups and are based on audience choice.

3. Award criteria include, but are not limited to, relevance to theme, technical skill, and originality.

4. Prizes include, but are not limited to, Apple products, flip cameras, and gift certificates to the VMFA Shop.

For more information, please contact Jessica Bauserman at 804.340.1573.