Events: Arts Alive Auditions


The ARTS ALIVE application portal has closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an audition and we look forward to showcasing those selected at the performance on April 2! Auditions results will be sent via email no earlier than February 25.



Do you play an instrument? Are you a modern, ballet, hip-hop, jazz or ballroom dancer? Maybe you have prepared a theater scene monologue or you perform stand-up comedy?  Or do you write and/or recite poetry?  Perhaps you have a unique performing arts talent?  If so, we cordially invite you to apply for Bay Education Foundation Arts Alive. New & unique acts are encouraged!
 We are now accepting applications for the 2022 Arts Alive Showcase. We are excited to announce that this year's audition process will be through a video submission.  We hope that this new system makes the audition process more accessible to our full community of performers.

Arts Alive auditions are moving to a digital format this year. This document will provide you with the information you need to complete your application, including the Guidelines and Requirements for recording your audition video. Please take a moment to review these instruction before you begin your online application. 



1. Any employee of or student in BDS is eligible to audition for Arts Alive. 

2. Solo and group acts are eligible. Students auditioning for Arts Alive must be Bay District Schools students OR be a member of a group that is majority BDS students. 

3. Any student may audition with multiple acts. 


There will be NO live auditions. All auditions will take place via a digital submission process. Video Recordings are due by February 10 at 11:59pm and must be submitted using the following criteria.

  •  Videos must be un-edited. Videos may be trimmed to meet time requirements but may not be digitally manipulated or enhanced. This observance is a matter of personal integrity. 
  • Videos must be seven minutes or less. If performing more than one movement, do not stop the video between pieces. We understand your performance piece/act may be longer than seven minutes, so feature the excerpt you want the judges to see for your audition video.
  • Videos may not contain information which could identify the performer. Do not introduce yourself. 
  • Videos may be submitted in any format that is supported by Google. 
  • Use the following template to name your file before uploading:
    •  “Last Name_First Name_ Group or Act Name” 
  • You will be judged only on what you submit. If accompaniment is required, live accompaniment is strongly preferred. However, for the recording of this audition only, a live accompanist may be substituted for a Music Minus One or a backing track. Live accompaniment will be required for the performance. 
  • You will not be judged based on the digital quality of your video. We understand most candidates will record using their phones, and this is fine! Choose a space and camera angle that allows the judges to hear and see the best acoustical and visual aspects of your performance.
  •  You may not use a previously recorded video. All videos must be recorded between December 15, 2021 and January 31, 2022. 


It is recommended to complete the full online application in one session. Have the following items prepared before you begin your written application. Do not submit your application before you have recorded your video. 


1.   Brief description of your act

2.   Video Submission meeting the criteria and guidelines stated above


1.  Name, Affiliate School, and T-Shirt Size for all group members 

2.  Brief description of your act

3.  Video Submission meeting the criteria and guidelines stated above


Judging will be done by 3-4 professionals in the Visual and Performing Arts fields who will not know the identity of the candidates. Candidates will be reviewed using a numbered system so as to maintain equitability and fairness in the audition process. Judges will independently score videos using a standard rubric. Their scores will be submitted to the BEF office, where they will be tallied with the other judges’ scores for a final overall score for each act.  Candidates will be scored in the following categories: 

1. Overall Technique 

2. Overall Artistry 

3. Impression 

4. Creativity


1. Do a test recording in the location you’ve chosen at the time you’ve decided to record. Natural light changes during the day.

2. Make sure the camera is close enough to catch your facial expressions if you are performing solo, but far enough to capture all activity on the stage (for groups). 

3. Having someone in the room with you is really helpful while recording. They can help you with quality control, but they can also give you an audience to perform to! 



Best of luck on your audition! If you have any questions, please reach out to the Bay Ed Office.






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