The Long Center’s Education program sets a national standard of innovation and excellence by creating and fostering programs that have a profound impact on our youth, our schools and our community.

Investing in the potential of our youth is at the core of the Long Center’s Education Programs. We are fiercely devoted to helping each young person unlock and realize their full potential. Through our coordinated programs, thousands of students each year will develop the crucial building blocks that lead to success… because success is achievable; achievement is celebrated; and setbacks are learning opportunities.

We have seen that engaging in the arts, teaches a young person the importance of:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Work ethic
  • Discipline
  • Trust
  • Striving for excellence
  • Self-confidence
  • Accountability
  • Play
  • Resilience

At the heart of any successful individual is a drive that is fueled by passion. Whether it is starring on Broadway, performing in regional theatre, leading a boardroom or raising a family, the passion our education programs ignite and the skills we nurture through our programs will remain with our youth for a lifetime.

Long Center Education Programs

Summer Stock Austin | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Summer Stock Austin

Award-Winning productions featuring high school and college students working alongside theatre professionals from around the world.

There isn’t any other program in the country quite like Austin’s own Summer Stock Austin (SSA). With no tuition to participate and a mentorship program that pays college students, SSA trains well rounded theatre artisans and provides a rare opportunity for them to experience the next step in their theatre careers.

Texas Arts Project | The Long Center for the Performing Arts




Texas Arts Project

An amazing faculty of nationally recognized experts guides our young artists on the path to excellence.

Every summer, students from across the country flock to Austin, Texas for this one-of-a-kind experience. Individualized programming and professional-level training allow each camper to reach beyond his or her potential. Texas Arts Project has quickly become a proven leader in the world of performing and media arts education. In partnership with St. Stephen’s School, Texas Arts Project is located on the most beautiful campus in the Central Texas hill country.

Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards | The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards

Imagine Austin’s version of the Tony Awards. Every year, the Long Center brings together over thirty schools from our community to shine the spotlight on the hard work of thousands of students and teachers involved in arts education.

In a spectacular evening of celebration, more than 500 high schoolers will take to the Long Center’s Dell Hall Stage to perform in front of a sold out audience and share over $35,000 in awards, scholarships and grants.

College Audition Program

Individualized consultation, specialized training, and practical preparation help students gain the skills and confidence to tackle the college audition process.

Austin-area high school students take their theatre careers to the next level. Our program directors offer a combined thirty years of experience and have trained students who have gone on to receive notable scholarships and attend nationally renowned programs like Juilliard, CCM, and NYU.

Register now for the College Audition Program ›