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]



The Press Corps Intensive is a deep-dive workshop into arts writing and arts criticism. In this multi-week course, ten teens will get to work with professional critics and arts journalists to receive mentorship on their writing. And the best part, this program is FREE!

Applications for the Theater & Dance Press Corps Intensive are now open! This Intensive runs March 10 - April 14, 2019. The four-week program focuses specifically on dance and theater criticism. Participants will attend two dance productions and two theater productions at TeenTix Arts Partners. Teens will be mentored by professional theater and a dance critics who will help each participant hone their arts criticism and arts interpretation skills.



As a group, the Press Corps Intensive attends performances on Friday nights during the workshop. Teens then write a review of the performance. The group meets each Sunday afternoon to discuss the performance and their reviews with the teaching artists.

The March Press Corps Intensive will attend:

  • Director's Choice at Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • Romeo + Juliet at ACT
  • Feathers and Teeth at Washington Ensemble Theater

And more!

At each Sunday meeting, teens will receive individualized feedback on their writing and have an opportunity to discuss the art event with their peers. 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 participant will be posted on the TeenTix blog.

*Participants must be able to attend all art events and meetings to be a part of this program.


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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! Applications now close Friday, January 11th!

All applicants will be notified on Friday, January 18th.

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!)

Sunday, March 10, 1-3 PM, Orientation

Friday, March 15, 6:30 PM, Director's Choice at Pacific Northwest Ballet
Sunday, March 17, 1-3 PM, Meeting

Friday, March 22, 6:30 PM, Romeo + Juliet at ACT
Sunday, March 24, 1-3 PM, Meeting

Friday, March 29, 6:30 PM, Dance Event
Sunday, March 31st, 1-3 PM, Meeting

Friday, April 5, 6:30 PM, Feathers and Teeth at WET
Sunday, April 7, 1-3 PM, Meeting

Sunday, April 14, 1-2:30 PM, Final Meeting/Party

*All events and meetings are mandatory.


All Press Corps Intensives are taught by professional critics and writers. 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 the Theater & Dance Intensive!


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

Check out the recap of our Fall 2018 Press Corps Intensive, and read reviews 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].