Teen Ambassadors

Kickstart a career in the arts industry.

This immersive program offers unique exposure to a variety of opportunities that exist beyond the stage.


Dr. Phillips Center Teen Ambassadors play a major part in our arts education programming. They lead the way through their involvement in events like performances, professional workshops, and community experiences—developing leadership, writing and communication skills along the way. They learn about non-performance entertainment industry careers, nonprofit business activities, and work to develop, implement and engage in ideas with industry leading professionals.

Our Teen Ambassadors are exceptional leaders in their schools and communities, ranging from 9th to 12th grade, and most of them serving in some type of leadership capacity in their thespian troupes and other various student organizations. They are a diverse group of technicians, creatives, and performers, all sharing a love for the performing arts.


  • Opportunities to attend various genres of shows
  • Access to guest speakers, master classes, backstage tours, and meet and greets with professionals in various career tracks connected to the arts.
  • An insider’s look at different non-performance arts careers—including monthly meetings that feature diverse arts industry professionals.
  • Opportunities to represent the arts center at a variety of events and earn community service hours each school year.
  • Exposure to a large nonprofit business model and behind-the-scenes operations at an arts organization.

How to Apply

In order for a student to become a Teen Ambassador there will be an online application submission followed by an in-person interview. Before applying for the program please note the following program requirements:

  • Must be a high school student in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Polk, Volusia, Brevard County, or Homeschooled as of August 2024.

  • Must currently have and maintain a B average 3.0 (unweighted).

  • Must have access to a computer and at least one social media account (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.).

  • Must be able to complete 5 volunteer hours at the Dr. Phillips Center during the program year.

  • Must respond to any program-related emails within a designated time frame (24 hours).

  • Must be able to attend 1 meeting a month from September to April.

Applications will go live on Wednesday July 31st, 2024. Please check back for further information at that time.

2023–2024 Teen Ambassadors

Bishop Moore Catholic High School
Lilly Gonzalez - 11th Grade

Boone High School
Ella Kate Sechler - 10th Grade
Isabella Griffith - 12th Grade

Cornerstone Charter Academy
Landon Downey - 10th Grade
Silvana Perrone - 12th Grade

Cypress Creek High School
Jacob Flores Brooks - 12th Grade

Dr. Phillips High School
Jonas Dahlmann - 12th Grade
Maddy Wert - 12th Grade

East Ridge High School
Will Mrozek - 11th Grade

Edgewater High School
Lucien Huggett - 12th Grade

Hagerty High School
Braden Grubb - 10th Grade

Harmony High School
Emma Carpenter - 10th Grade

Hannah Marmolejo - 12th Grade
Lilly Grace - 12th Grade

Lake Buena Vista High School
Kayla Sickles - 10th Grade
Kylah Sickles - 10th Grade
Trinity Soos - 11th Grade

Lake Mary High School
Avery Scharr - 11th Grade
KeeleyBrown - 11th Grade

Lake Nona High School
Ace Clark - 12th Grade
Simone Fowler - 12th Grade

University High School
Addison DeWaal - 12th Grade
Christina Lettman - 12th Grade
Edson Guerra-Guerrero - 11th Grade
Jamarr Cole - 11th Grade
Lydia DeBaggis - 12th Grade
Lydia Johnson - 12th Grade
Megan Griffin-Ferry - 12th Grade
Mylka Eislen - 12th Grade
Norah Perfetto - 12th Grade
Sophia Hackebeil - 11th Grade
Thomas Swonger - 12th Grade

West Orange High School
Rachel Robinson - 12th Grade

Winter Park High School
Anvi Patel - 11th Grade
Arabella Parker - 12th Grade
Marin Nagy - 12th Grade
Matthew D'Amario - 11th Grade
Nat Reeves - 11th Grade

Winter Springs High School
Alaina Beaver - 12th Grade
Emily Pearson - 12th Grade