Theater & Dance Press Corps Intensive Recap

Fandt group

The Theater & Dance Press Corps Intensive was a four-week arts-going and criticism practice workshop that ran March-April, 2019. Throughout the four weeks, a group of ten teens learned how to approach theater and dance criticism and practiced these skills by reviewing two plays and two dance performances at different TeenTix Arts Partners. The group met each week to discuss the art they saw and various issues within the field of arts criticism.

The group was mentored by two professional critics, Becs Richards and Melody Datz Hansen, who helped each teen hone their arts writing skills. Stay tuned on the blog for reviews of each event!

The Theater & Dance Press Corps Intensive attended:

Director's Choice at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Romeo + Juliet at ACT Theatre

A.I.M. presented by STG and On the Boards

Feathers and Teeth at Washington Ensemble Theatre

Read more about the Theater & Dance Press Corps Intensive teaching artists, Becs Richards and Melody Datz Hansen, below!

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.

Becs Richards teaching a lesson at the Theater & Dance Press Corps Intensive.


Melody Datz Hansen is a freelance arts writer, teacher, copyeditor, and mother. Her work has appeared in The Seattle Times, The Stranger, City Arts Magazine, and Encore Arts. Melody also consults with researchers regarding human subjects research ethics in global health and behavioral science.

Originally from Texas, Melody moved to Seattle to study dance after training with Vladimir Marek at the San Antonio Ballet Academy and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. She has lived in Germany, Japan, and Poland, and holds a Master's degree in Eastern and Central European Studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Melody lives in Seattle with her family.

Melody Datz Hansen teaching a lesson at the Theater & Dance Press Corps Intensive.

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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