Regional NSW youth dreaming of studying or working in the performing arts are being invited to lodge an expression of interest in joining a program called Not a Dress Rehearsal.
The new program targets youth aged 14 to 19 years old who are keen to build "the skills and creative capacity" to present their work from concept to performance.
They may be interested in theatre, dance, music, acting, writing for the stage, design or being part of a crew.
Youth who make up the program's first intake will meet their contemporaries and benefit from mentoring by performing arts professionals.
The brainchild of Orana Arts, the program will involve the Australian Theatre for Young People and internationally-acclaimed taiko drumming ensemble, Taikoz.
Not a Dress Rehearsal is being funded through the NSW government's Stronger Communities Fund.
Orana Arts board member Alan Flower said interest in the program would "highlight how important access to professional arts development was for talented regional youth".
"The cross pollination of emerging regional artists with experienced professionals has the potential to unlock the real possibility of a career in the arts for people who could hardly dare to dream until now," he said.
"Whether they pursue a career in the arts or not, these skills will assist participants to navigate a range of professions in years to come."
A scholarship is on offer for young First Nations performing artists.
The deadline for expressions of interest is midnight on September 11.