That’s a Wrap on the Fall Press Corps Intensive!

The 2018 Fall Press Corps Intensive was a five-week arts-going and criticism practice workshop that ran from October 10-November 19, 2018. Nine teens saw and wrote reviews of five art events at different TeenTix Arts Partners. The group was mentored by three professional critics who helped each teen hone their arts criticism skills. Stay tuned on the blog for reviews of each event!

The Fall Press Corps Intensive attended:

Esmé Patterson, Brenda Xu, and Pickle Boy at The Fremont Abbey Arts Center

White Rabbit at TWIST by Three Dollar Bill Cinema

FADE at Seattle Public Theater

Between Bodies at The Henry Art Gallery

A Thousand Splendid Suns at Seattle Repertory Theatre

Teens in the Fall Press Corps Intensive got to work with three wonderful critics - Becs Richards, Gayle Clemans, and Ma'Chell Duma. Read more about them below!

Becs Richards

Becs Richards is a transfeminist arts journalist, community organizer, and painter. In the work that they do, Becs strives to deconstruct systems of oppression, invest in building community, and fight for their own, and collective, liberation. Most of their work has been in Seattle with Seattle Weekly, Hollow Earth Radio, Sub Pop, Deconstruct Collective, and the experimental music and theatre community at large.

Gayle Clemans

Gayle Clemans is an art historian, critic, and novelist who regularly contributes to The Seattle Times. After a stint at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Gayle moved to the great Pacific Northwest to receive her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Washington. She is a founding faculty member of Critical & Contextual Studies at Cornish College of the Arts where she facilitates students’ explorations of writing, theory, and art history as they relate to their creative practices.

Ma'Chell Duma

Raised on a working farm in North Dakota, Ma'Chell Duma came to Seattle solo with a $100 in her pocket to be part of the fabled music scene. After 10 years in music programming, production, and PR she became a New Yorker and music critic. Upon returning to Seattle, she created the award-winning, Feminist arts publication STACKEDD Magazine.

As a freelance writer, editor, and cultural critic, her work has appeared in The Ghosts of Seattle Past Literary Anthology, New York Magazine,The Huffington Post, Dame, Marie Claire, Leafly, XOJane,The Dallas Observer, multiple Village Voice Media publications, Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, and The Deli. She frequently speaks and gives presentations on the intersection of feminism, social justice, and pop culture. She also consults with businesses wishing to diversify their hiring practices.

Her latest venture, The Better Bellwether Newsletter, is subscription service for connoisseurs of premium creative culture. She loves her kid, tacos, and smashing the patriarchy. Ma’Chell currently lives in Seattle (but dreams of returning to Queens someday) with her son Strummer, and very chill cat Abby the Tabby.

The TeenTix Press Corps promotes critical thinking, communication, and information literacy through criticism and journalism practice for teens. For more information about the Press Corps program see HERE.

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