The Press Corps

The TeenTix Press Corps Program is designed to teach teens arts criticism and journalism practice. The Press Corps offers three different styles of workshops. Learn more about this program below and see how you can get involved!



Arts Criticism 101 | Press Corps Intensive | Teen Editorial Staff | TeenTix Newsroom



Our Arts Criticism 101 workshops take place in school and after school throughout our community. We tailor the curriculum to fit the needs of the students in each different environment. These are flexible workshops that focus on the basics of arts criticism, and often delve into one specific genre of arts writing. We work with our Community Partners to host these workshops at a variety of locations.

If you're interested in bringing the Arts Criticism 101 workshop to your school or community organization, email Mariko, the Press Corps Manager, at [email protected]



Press Corps Intensives are deep-dive workshop into arts writing and arts criticism. In each course, teens work with professional critics and arts journalists to receive mentorship on their writing. 

Applications for the Beyond the Review Press Corps Intensive are now open! This Intensive runs April 8-12, 2019 from 10AM - 3PM each day.

The Beyond the Review Intensive is a deep-dive workshop into the craft of arts journalism. In this week-long immersive course, ten teens will work with professional arts journalists to learn how to interview artists, and write previews and features of art events. Teens will receive one-on-one mentorship on their writing, and, at the end of the program, their work will be published on the TeenTix blog!

The best part of it all? This program is FREE!


Over the 5-day period students will spend the mornings learning about arts journalism from professional writers. In the afternoons they’ll visit TeenTix Arts Partners to get an inside look and hone their interviewing, and previewing skills. They’ll get to interview local artists and learn more about local arts organizations. Teens will also have time to work on their writing and receive feedback and individual mentorship by professional arts journalists.



Fill out the application form. Please allow adequate time to complete your application and answer each question as thoroughly as possible.

The Press Corps is interested in working with teens whose writing communicates their personality, and reflects time, effort, and thoughtfulness.


Applications now open through Wednesday, March 6th.

All applicants will be notified on Friday, March 15th.

In this application you will need to:
- Answer several demographic questions
- Choose to respond to 3 out of 5 short answer questions
- Provide one, 300-word writing sample
- Answer several scheduling questions

THE SCHEDULE (please read carefully!)

The program will kick-off with an orientation meeting on Sunday, April 7 from 10-11:30 AM at the TeenTix Office in the Seattle Center Armory.

The workshop runs April 8-12, Monday-Friday, from 10AM-3PM each day.

The daily schedule is below.

*All events and classes, including the Orientation are mandatory. You must be able to attend all classes in order to participate in this Intensive.


All Press Corps Intensives are taught by professional arts journalists. Teaching artists provide individual editing feedback and mentorship so participants can hone and strengthen their writing and reviewing skills. Stay tuned for more info on our teaching artist lineup for Beyond the Review!


Email Mariko, the Press Corps Manager, at [email protected]

Check out the recap of our Fall 2018 Press Corps Intensive, and read writing from the workshop on the TeenTix blog!


The Teen Editorial Staff is made up of 5 teens who curate the review portion of the TeenTix blog. Editorial Staff members decide which art events to cover each month, then assign teen writers to review them. Editorial Staff members edit all teen writing before it is published on the TeenTix blog.

The 5 teens who make up the Fall 2018 Teen Editorial Staff are:

Anya Shukla

Hannah Schoettmer

Huma Ali

Joshua Fernandes

Lily Williamson

Read more about the fab five right HERE



The TeenTix Newsroom is a group of teen writers led by the Teen Editorial Staff. 

Made for teens to connect with other like-minded youth and write about art, the TeenTix Newsroom is a place for teen arts lovers to practice their writing skills! Along with a teen editor, who edits their work, teens attend an arts event for free. Afterwards, they write a review that will be published on the TeenTix blog! For each review, writers work individually with an editor on the Teen Editorial Staff to polish their writing for publication. Teen writers can pop in to the monthly newsroom gatherings to meet with the Teen Editorial Staff, receive side-by-side editing, and learn more about the craft of arts writing. Plus, there are snacks! Also, teen writers are eligible to receive a stipend of up to $20 per review.

Applications for the TeenTix Newsroom are now closed. Check for more opportunities to apply for the Newsroom in Spring 2019. 



The Press Corps promotes critical thinking, communication, and information literacy through criticism and journalism practice for teens. Since 2006, some of the city’s most talented professional arts critics from The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Seattle Globalist, Seattle Dances (and more!) have taught over 550 teens through workshops and intensives focused on arts criticism training, resulting in over 450 reviews of arts and culture events that live on the TeenTix Blog. In 2015, we put the Press Corps on hiatus and worked with a task force of community members to address some of the program’s ongoing challenges, including lack of significant racial and socio-economic diversity amongst program participants and staffing challenges.

The Press Corps is relaunching this year! Our updated Press Corps is designed to include racial equity and social justice priorities, and has an explicit goal of disrupting systems of oppression within arts media that have kept marginalized voices out of arts journalism. New program strategies center around accessibility - including tailoring class location, time of day, and cost to a particular teen population, and working closely with schools and TeenTix Arts Partners and Community Partners.

Mariko Nagashima is the new TeenTix Press Corps Manager! She’s the former Editor of SeattleDances, a website that covers all the dance-happenings in Seattle. She’s so excited to be part of the re-launch of the Press Corps, and is happy to answer any questions you have about the program! You can reach her at [email protected].