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]



This Fall 2018 session of the Press Corps Intensive is a FREE five-week arts-going and criticism practice workshop. 10 teens will work with professional writers and critics who will mentor you as you hone your arts criticism skills. The session includes five different art events at several TeenTix Arts Partners. You’ll see:

After each arts event, you’ll write a review and bring it to our Sunday meetings. At each meeting you’ll receive one-on-one feedback on your writing and be able to discuss the art you saw. All ticket costs are covered, and a travel stipend for bus fare to and from events is also available. At the end of the workshop a review by each a participant will be posted on the TeenTix blog. 

The Fall Intensive will be taught by professional critics and writers. Instructors will provide individual editing feedback and mentorship so you can hone and strengthen your writing and reviewing skills. The exact lineup of teaching artists is still in the works, but stay tuned for more info!


Applications for the Fall Press Corps Intensive are now closed.

THE SCHEDULE: (please read carefully)

The Press Corps Intensive runs October 10th - November 18th. All arts events and meetings are mandatory. If you have questions or concerns about the schedule please contact Mariko, the Press Corps Manager: [email protected]

Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30-8 PM: Orientation and Pizza Party

Friday, October 12th, 6:30 PM: Art Event - Esme Patterson at The Fremont Abbey

Sunday, October 14th, 1-3 PM: Meeting

Friday, October 19th, 6:30 PM: Art Event - White Rabbit at TWIST by Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Sunday, October 21st, 1-3 PM: Meeting 

Friday, October 26th, 6:30 PM: Art Event - FADE at Seattle Public Theater

Sunday, October 28th, 1-3 PM: Meeting

Thursday, November 1st, 5 PM: Art Event - First Thursday at NAAM

Sunday, November 4th, 1-3 PM: Meeting

Friday, November 9th, 6:30 PM: Art Event - A Thousand Splendid Suns at Seattle Repertory Theatre 

Sunday, November 11th, 1-3 PM: Meeting

Sunday, November 18th, 1-2:30 PM: Wrap Up Meeting and Party!

*Please note, Sunday meetings were originally scheduled from 11-1 PM, but will now be held from 1-3 PM.


TeenTix is excited to work with three wonderful critics - Becs Richards, Gayle Clemans, and Ma'Chell Duma - as teaching artists for the Press Corps Intensive.

Becs Richards

Becs Richards Is 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.

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

To read reviews by teens in our Spring 2018 Press Corps Intensive, check out 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. The 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. Teen writers are eligible to receive a stipend of up to $20 per review. 

Applications for the TeenTix Newsroom are now closed. 



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].