The Press Corps

Hey! Thanks for checking in on the TeenTix Press Corps! We've got lots of exciting news to share. Learn more about this program below, review our most current curriculum, and see how you can get involved.



Arts Criticism 101 | Adventures in Contemporary American Culture | Track 3


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].



Our first Arts Criticism 101 workshop will take place at Franklin High School this March! We'll be covering the basics of arts criticism, its history, and discussing what the youth voice looks like in arts criticism today. This program is not open for applications.

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 session of the TeenTix Press Corps is a FREE five-week arts-going and criticism practice workshop in partnership with On the Boards. 10 teens will work with professional writers and critics who will mentor you as you hone your arts criticism skills. The session includes:

  • 2 theater and 1 dance performance at On the Boards
  • 1 visual art exhibit at SAM
  • 1 film screening at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Each arts event will be followed by a meeting where you’ll get one-on-one feedback on your writing and be able to discuss the art you saw. This program is FREE. All ticket costs are covered, and a travel stipend for bus fare to and from events is also available. Participants must be able to attend all performances, arts events, and meetings as detailed in the schedule below, from April 12 - May 13. If you have questions about the schedule, email Mariko at [email protected]



TRACK 2 will be taught by professional critics and writers. Instructors will provide one-on-one editing feedback and mentorship so you can 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 Adventures in Contemporary American Culture are now closed. Check back for information about more workshops in the fall of 2018. 

Stay tuned for the launch of TRACK 3, our year-round teen editing program, in the fall of 2018.