We are thrilled to announce our very first podcast, the TeenTix Arts Podcast! A team of three Press Corps teens have been hard at work for months, (both pre and post-COVID!) to bring you this three-episode series. Stay tuned to hear "What's on TAP" as Ava, Huma, and Katherine go behind the scenes with TeenTix Partner Mirror Stage about their production, Expand Upon: Gun Control. You’ll hear from the Mirror Stage playwrights, actors, and director as we release one episode every Thursday, for the next three weeks. The podcast will be available to stream for free on TeenTix's Soundcloud and YouTube channels. Be sure to follow us on both platforms for the latest updates!
Listen as the TeenTix Arts Podcast goes behind the scenes with the Mirror Stage playwrights of Expand Upon: Gun Control. In this episode, you’ll hear from Amontaine Aurore who wrote the play Memory Bus, and Sien Méndez, the author of the play, In My Good Christian Neighborhood.
Listen as the TeenTix Arts Podcast goes behind the scenes with the Mirror Stage actors. In this episode we’ll hear from actors Angie Bolton, Eloisa Cardona, and Andy Tran about being part of the staged readings of Mirror Stage’s Expand Upon: Gun Control production.
Listen as the TeenTix Arts Podcast goes behind the scenes with the Mirror Stage’s Founding Artistic Director, Suzanne Cohen. We’ll learn what a staged reading is, how Mirror Stage arrived at the theme of Gun Control for the focus of this year’s Expand Upon production, and how they have shifted and navigated through COVID.
About the Podcasters:
Ava Rudensey is a junior at the Downtown School. She enjoys writing, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Chelsea. Ava is starting her second year as a writer in the TeenTix Newsroom. Beyond the TeenTix Arts Podcast, Ava is a co-host of her school’s weekly news podcast.
Huma Ali is a freshman at the University of Washington who is interested in audio storytelling. Her participation in KUOW’s RadioActive program exposed her to the power of voice in sharing stories. Huma contributes as a writer to TeenTix Press Corps Newsroom, where she served as an editor last year. Now, Huma hopes to intersect audio storytelling with the arts community through TeenTix’s podcast program.
Katherine Kang is currently a sophomore at University Prep. She advocates for equity, access and opportunity for youth through speaking engagements and writing. She has been a part of school leadership for the past five years through ASB, facilitating school conversations and leading a variety of clubs. She has a six-year history in advocacy and civic engagement work outside of school. Katherine's been recognized in the Seattle Times Ignite Education Lab for her youth advocacy work and is a first-place winner of the Holocaust Writing Contest. Katherine is passionate about the arts (both theatre and visual) and critiques art for both the TeenTix blog and her own arts blog as well.
About the Teaching Artists:
Marcie Sillman is an award-winning journalist specializing in cultural reporting. Over her 40 year career she’s filed stories for NPR, the BBC, and Dance Media publications.
During her 35 year tenure at KUOW, she also served as News Director, Drive Time host, and has mentored dozens of aspiring audio journalists.
(Headshot photo credit: KUOW photo by Megan Farmer.)
Daniel Guenther is a staff audio engineer at Jack Straw Cultural Center, where he has worked with artists and youth since 2014. His background in music led him to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Berklee College of Music. Daniel is enthusiastic about all things sound, and is dedicated to helping others explore the art form.