Arts Leadership Training

  • Peer to Peer Outreach - tabling, emails, events, conversations with other teens about TeenTix.
  • Skill Building Workshops with adult experts - arts criticism, fundraising, resume-building, outreach strategies, budget management, networking, working artists, working arts-administrators, info session with adults who support the arts outside of their job.
  • Consultations - with arts administrators at our TeenTix Partners to support their goals in reaching teens.
  • Fundraising - a yearly peer-to-peer fundraising campaign that supports New Guard activities, plus attending TeenTix's annual gala as advocates for the program.
  • Arts Outings - we see art as a group! Sometimes as an 'official' outing, and sometimes we go out in smaller groups to something because we just can't miss it.


1/4 Business:

  • Updates on what's going on at TeenTix and providing input on the organization's direction to the Executive Director
  • Giving "secret shopper" reports of our experiences using our TeenTix passes "in the field"
  • Vetting and approving new prospective partner organizations

1/4 Outreach and Events:

  • Planning special events at and with TeenTix Partner Organizations
  • Planning the Teeny Awards, TeenTix's annual “teen choice” awards show

1/2 Art & Arts Leadership:

  • Talking about the art we have seen and want to see around town
  • Meeting staff at TeenTix Partners, learning about their jobs, and advise them on best practices when programming for teen audiences
  • Focusing on the topic of the month: fundraising, outreach strategies, post-high school opportunities, and more
  • Snacks, snacks, and more snacks


The New Guard meets twice monthly on the 2nd + 4th Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm, usually at the Seattle Center, and sometimes off-site at our Partner Organizations. We discuss furthering TeenTix, the importance of the teen audience, how to fundraise, plan teen-centric arts events, learn about equity & social justice, and build a community of arts-stoked teens with organized arts-outings.

To participate, you'll need to:

  1. Commit to attending a majority of the meetings (13+ of the 20 meetings each year)
  2. Be active on email for all primary group communication
  3. Be an ambassador for TeenTix in the world
  4. Be a TeenTix member, (it's free to sign up at teentix.org!) between 13 - 19 years old

Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort will open in the Spring of 2019. For additional questions, please email Monique Courcy, TeenTix Executive Director @ [email protected], or call 206.233.3959.

New Guard Leadership Board 17/18

The New Guard Leadership Board (NGLB) participates in high-level decision-making alongside the TeenTix Staff, Board of Directors, and Advisory Council. The NGLB acts as the primary program administrators and leaders for The New Guard, with direct mentorship from our Executive Director.

Isabel Schmidt, New Guard President
Isabel is currently a senior at Garfield High School. This will be her fourth year on the New Guard, and she is thrilled to have found such a passionate group of teens dedicated to connecting more and more people with the arts. Isabel uses her TeenTix pass to see all manner of visual art, theater, improv, and opera, and she loves discovering new partners. In addition to being an avid arts appreciator, Isabel is also a competitive runner, cello player, and is part of several environmental activist groups.

Lark Keteyian, New Guard Vice President
Lark is a homeschooled sophomore who has a lot of feelings about old books and sweaters. The New Guard has helped them find a community of hella cool teens who are into art, and their love of tabling. They like to use their TeenTix pass to go to weird plays and art museums, and they're frickin hyped to be on the New Guard for the second year!

Tova Gaster, New Guard Director of Outreach
Tova is a freshman at Garfield High School. TeenTix has inspired her to grow as both a consumer of art and an artist, and she is excited to be a part of the New Guard! She likes using her TeenTix pass to see theater and visit museums, and loves the community and opportunity TeenTix creates. She enjoys reading, cats, rainy days, and doodling.

Neha Gupta, New Guard Director of Partners
Neha is a sophomore at Eastside Preparatory School in Kirkland. She has always been enamored by the arts and what they have to offer. She joined The New Guard in 2016 to interact with other teens who share her interests in the art and to gain a foothold in the art world of Seattle. In addition, she is a member of Bellevue Art Museum’s Teen Art Council, a writer for her school’s newspaper, and an avid volunteer at TeenFeed. She spends much of her free time in the kitchen, whipping up anything and everything for her online baking business – Get and Give NW.

Anya Shukla, New Guard Director of Teeny Awards
Anya is a 10th grader at Lakeside School. She joined the New Guard to find other teens who love the arts just as much as she does. TeenTix has allowed her to explore new art venues and explore the art's intersectionality, and she likes using her TeenTix pass to see shows at PNB, Artswest, or the Bellevue Arts Museum. In her spare time, she can be found singing, reading, or eating ice cream.

Alex Kerr, New Guard Director of Events
Alex Kerr is an ageless senior finishing up his education at North Seattle College. He’s been a TeenTix member since 2016, and especially enjoys using it on 2 for $10 days to drag his parents to plays and exhibitions that look interesting. No one can say no to a deal that good. Outside of being a New Guard and Leadership Board member, he also works for the Henry Art Gallery’s Teen Art Collective and is a member of Rogue Rainbow along with working as a freelance artist. As you can tell, he likes to keep busy; but not as much as he loves engaging with and finding opportunities within Seattle’s vibrant art community, along with helping others do the same.

New Guard Members


Makennah Chinavare, Kate Companion, Zoe Foster, Olivia Johnson, Miranda Jorgens, Audrey Messinger, Kaylyn Ready, Daisy Schreiber, Lily Williamson, Tessa Zink

Mianna Behrens
Mianna Behrens goes to Kennedy Catholic High School and is a Junior. She absolutely loves the arts, especially painting and theatre. She has worked behind the scenes on many school productions and has acted in a few as well. She loves using her TeenTix pass to go the SAM or any other theater production. She is very excited to get involved in the arts. Her favorite activities include volunteering at her local animal shelter, painting with her watercolors, buying too many plants and drinking tea with her cat.

Dylan Hart
Dylan is a junior at University Prep in North Seattle. TeenTix has encouraged and inspired a greater interest and appreciation for fine art, especially photography and painting. He’s looking forward to seeing what more Seattle has to offer in terms of the arts and learning about how art connects with business and marketing. He enjoys taking pictures, architecture, and concerts.

Ella Park
Ella is a junior at Eastside Preparatory School and is the co-founder of graphic lit-mag "Rosemary Magazine". Last year, she was a lyricist for a 10 minute musical titled "Home". Ella enjoys thunderstorms, hibiscus mint tea, collecting pins, and listening to cassette tapes.

Imara Razo
Imara is a senior at Juanita high school, and has been a proud TeenTix member for 4 years. Her TeenTix pass has given her opportunities to see everything from laser shows to art museums, and loves to share these memories with her friends. Imara sees herself pursuing a career as either a film director or firefighter, stemming from her love to create movies and videos as well as her desire to help others in her community. She also loves cookie dough, foggy weather, daily horoscopes, and golf.


Monique Allen, Harper Meyerson, Jake Webley, Rachel Wheeler

Grey Goodermote
Grey is a junior at Garfield High School. She is excited to get more involved in Seattle's art scene and enjoys doing tech for shows, kickboxing, traveling, and writing (when she finds the time).

Boaz Malakoff
Boaz is a junior at Mercer Island High School. A second-year member in the New Guard, he is excited to continue to ensure that all teenagers in the Seattle area have access to the arts. Boaz is an avid actor, and plays alto saxophone and oboe in his school's band program.

*Bios listed as available


How do I apply to join The New Guard?
Applications are closed for the 2018/2019 cohort. Applications for the 2019/2020 cohort will open Spring 2019.

How old do I have to be to join The New Guard?
You must be between 13 - 19 years old to apply for The New Guard.

Do I have to be a TeenTix member to apply for The New Guard?
Yes! And TeenTix membership is completely free - JOIN NOW!

I just found out about this and I only have one year of high school left. Is there a way for me to move to the mentorship phase more quickly?
Yes! You can complete your hours more quickly by volunteering for TeenTix. Please let us know that you are interested in doing this on your application.

How much does it cost to participate in The New Guard?
Participation in The New Guard is FREE—all costs are covered through fundraising by New Guard members and TeenTix staff.

Do I have to have arts experience to do this?
No! All you need is a vague interest in learning more about arts leadership. Some New Guard participants come from arts backgrounds, and some don’t.

Can I get school credit for doing this?
In the past, members of this group have received service learning credit through their schools. Since requirements for credit vary from school to school, please consult your service learning advisor. If you are eligible for credit, we are happy to complete the necessary paperwork from your school.

What if I can't make all the meetings?
We all have super busy schedules - so we get it! However, we do ask that you commit to attending 13 of the 22 meetings each year, and communication about absences is KEY!

Can I leave the New Guard for a year and come back?
Of course! We do ask that you reapply, but make a note that you are a previous member and let us know why you are ready to re-join so we can take that into consideration.

For more information, please email the New Guard Leadership Board or call 206-233-3959.

Thanks to our New Guard Alumni! We miss you!!!

2018 Grads
Isabella Barnett, Tamarin Camp, Annabella Cooley, Esmé DeCoster, Katherine Draves, Emma Forman, Emiko Gantt, Clara Grim, Amy Hall, Emily Hardwick, Louise Heller, Maya Holt, Hyewon Hwang, Serena Kim, Sitara Lewis, Anne Lim, Elan Ma, Corinne Manley, Lina Park, Sarah Pickles, Sophie Poole, Marlene Probst, Mahika Rao, Abbey Scobee, Conor Smith, Aidyn Stevens, Audrey Strevey, Kaitlyn Tran, Kira Walters, Jennifer Ward, Abbi Werner, Gaebriel Wilson, Wendy Zhen, Max Zorn

2017 Grads
Amy Bogaard, Corinne Manley, Maya Mcqueen, Victoria McSmith, Bella DeVaan, Crystal Ma, Lydia Wen, Daisy (Meg) Shepard, Henry Hossner

2016 Grads
Coco Allred, Walker Caplan, Tigerlily Cooley, India Glover, Caroline Healey, Kimberly Hollander, Henry Hossner, April Kim, Daniel Oliver, Carolyne Sandoval, "Mari" Imaryiah Saquee, Tess Sevetson, Dylan Sherman, Elizabeth Van Flandern

2015 Grads
Rachel Andres, Tamala Aown, Robbie Bernstein, Lily Brown, Natalie Crum, Juliana DeVaan, Katie Dreessen, India Glover, Morgan Gwilym Tso, Katie Hallstead, Siena Jeakle, Grace Jeffress, MacKenzie Kermoade, April Kim, Emily Koya, Nhi Ngo, Daniel Oliver, Hannah Probst, Beatriz Rojas, Dankya Tagg, Kaitlyn Tran, Jane Weiand

2014 Grads
Audryhanna Alaalatoa, Tanner Batchelor, Wilder Brannon, Riley Bulter, Indy Bungiranto, Georgette Espina, Anya Gepfrich, Sarah Hardisty, Cheyenne Jobe, Hope Kalegi, Hana Kirchoff, Mackenzie Kupyn, Karissa Lam, Miranda Levine, Gabe Linzzer-Pew, Sinead McBrian-Mulkey, Lily Munro, Musa Nakamura, Sandra Ojeaburu, Samatha (TJ) Pelliciotta, Great Rainbow, Yi (Renee) Ren, Christine Robles, Sydney Schuchat, Meg Shephred, Meera Srinivasn, Natalie Thamert, Rosemary Timmons

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