Actor Yvette Lu returns to The Fabulous Fox Theatre to host the event she participated in six years ago. Growing up in St. Louis, she danced competitively at Charmette Academy of Dance. She began to explore musical theatre, acting and improv at Parkway West High School and also participated in summer musicals at COCA (an Arts and Education Council grantee). Lu competed as a dancer in the 2013 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition and was subsequently granted the opportunity to participate in a production at STAGES St. Louis (an Arts and Education Council grantee). She has also been seen on The Muny stage in “Aida”, “Mamma Mia!”, and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Since then, Lu has deepened her passion for acting and creating her own work while studying drama in the experimental theatre wing at New York University’s Tich School of Arts. Most recently, she finished her run with the first national tour of “Hamilton”, and can be seen in the FX’s “Fosse/Verdon”. With her work, she hopes to continue expanding the visibility of Asian-Americans in the arts.

Lu is excited to return to St. Louis to host the 2019 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. She views it as an opportunity to share what she’s learned about a career in the arts with the teens, but also to learn from them and the experience.

Lu hopes the participants understand a career in the arts is about, “not taking for granted how much work you have to put into something to make it happen. It’s about continuing to put in the work so when the opportunity comes you’re ready and you can take it.”

She adds, “Don’t compare your journey to another person because all the things that led you to where you are now are really unique. Stay in your path and put on blinders to others’ success and remind yourself you’re where you need to be.”

The 24 individuals who make up 15 acts have been rehearsing in Arts and Education Council’s arts incubator, the Centene Center for the Arts. They’ve been working toward the professionally produced competition on April 13, which is free and open to the public. The community response to this event continues to grow each year and has had sold out crowds for the past seven years.

In addition to the thrill of performing on The Fabulous Fox stage, contestants are eligible to win college scholarships, prizes and performance opportunities, including the Keep Art Happening scholarship underwritten by the Arts and Education Council.

Tickets for the 9th annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition on April 13 are free and available here. To learn more about the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition and the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation visit foxpacf.org.