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How to Audition

Students must audition or present a visual arts portfolio for acceptance into The Governor's School for the Arts (GSA).

All current 8th - 11th grade students are eligible to apply.

We welcome students of all interests, races/ethnicities, gender identities, experience levels, and all socio-economic backgrounds.


Virtual Meet GSA Nights

These sessions will give you information about the school and the application process. 

Click on a link to hear the session

Listen to sessions already completed: 

Suffolk: Link to the Information session for Suffolk

Chesapeake: September 28, 2023 at 7:00pm

Virginia Beach: October 3, 2023 at 6:30pm

Norfolk: October 10, 2023 at 6:30pm

Portsmouth: October 17, 2023 at 6:30pm

Isle of Wight: October 18, 2023 at 7:00pm

Southampton and Franklin: October 19, 2023 at 7:00pm

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All applications are ONLINE.

Please read all directions carefully!

Please submit only ONE application. You may audition for up to three (3) departments.


Deadline:  Online Applications along with Round One submissions must be submitted no later than December 8, 2023 at 11:59pm.


I. Round One Submission

1. You must submit a separate video submission for each department to which you apply.  This is your Round One submission. Each department will have different requirements. Carefully read each department's requirements before you complete your online application. 

2. If you are selected for Round Two you will be notified in early to mid January 2024.  You will be assigned a date and time; you may not request a date. Round Two will be in-person at the GSA building. 

3. Once an audition date and time is assigned, supplemental forms may be required from individual departments.  These forms will be e-mailed with your audition date and time assignment. Please make sure your email address is complete and correct on your application.  All communication will be done electronically.

2. Complete the online application

1. You may audition for up to three (3) different departments but you submit only ONE application. 

3. Upload your submissions with your online application

1. Be sure to upload all videos and images with the online application. Visual Arts requires 3 drawings & 1 original piece.

2. For all applicants except Visual Arts, please record yourself in a full body angle, saying your name slowly and clearly, before your performance begins. 

3. Your video may be taken with your phone in your home.  You do not need special surroundings for your pre-screen audition.

Questions? Contact: or 757-451-4711 

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