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TeenTix announces nominees of 2016 Teeny Awards

Seattle, WA – For the eighth year, Seattle’s TeenTix, an arts access and engagement program for teenagers, has announced the nominees for its annual Teeny Awards. Like a Teen Choice Awards for local arts events and organizations, the Teeny Awards aim to empower teen arts audiences and to recognize those organizations that have done an especially good job of welcoming young people over the past year.

The Teeny Awards are awarded by The New Guard, TeenTix’s arts leadership society, based on TeenTix member voting.

The Teeny Awards will be presented in a gala ceremony on Sunday, October 9th at Benaroya Hall. The ceremony will be hosted by local performer Celene Ramadan, and feature performances by ParisAlexa and students from Seattle JazzED. Lara Davis, Education Programs Manager for the Office of Arts & Culture, will present the award for Youth Arts Advocate of the Year to a teen nominated through a peer-nomination process.

Before the ceremony, TeenTix supporters with gather for dinner in the Grand Lobby to raise critical funds to support TeenTix’s mission to ensure equitable access to the arts for all young people. More info about the event can be found at teentix.org.

TEENY AWARDS 2016 NOMINEES

ORGANIZATION AWARDS
Celebrating the region’s most teen-friendly arts organizations

1. FAVORITE ORGANIZATION
Voted on in real-time at the Teeny Awards ceremony

All TeenTix partner organizations nominated except reigning favorite organization, Strawberry Theatre Workshop.

2. BEST FRONT-OF-HOUSE EXPERIENCE
For the partner organization with the most welcoming and helpful box office staff, greeters, ushers, etc.

All TeenTix partner organizations nominated

3. BEST THEATRE
5th Avenue Theatre
ACT Theatre
ArtsWest
Book-It Repertory Theatre
Cornish College of the Arts
Driftwood Players
Edmonds Center for the Arts
Intiman Theatre Festival
Kirkland Performance Center
Jet City Improv
Mirror Stage
Moisture Festival
New Century Theatre Company
On the Boards
Pork Filled Players
Renton Civic Theatre
Seattle Children’s Theatre
Seattle Musical Theatre
Seattle Public Theater
Seattle Shakespeare Company
SiS Productions
Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Taproot Theatre
Teatro ZinZanni
The 14/48 Projects
Unexpected Productions
UW UTS
UW School of Drama
Washington Ensemble Theatre
West of Lenin
Young Americans’ Theatre Company

4. BEST MUSEUM or GALLERY
ArtsWest Gallery
Bellevue Arts Museum
Burke Museum
Cornish College of the Arts
EMP Museum
Henry Art Gallery
MOHAI
Northwest African American Museum
Seattle Art Fair
Seattle Art Museum & Seattle Asian Art Museum
The Wing Luke Museum

5. BEST DANCE ORGANIZATION
Cornish College of the Arts
On the Boards
Moisture Festival
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Spectrum Dance Theater
UW World Series/Meany Center for the Performing Arts
Whim W’him

6. BEST FILM ORGANIZATION
Grand Illusion Cinema
NFFTY: The National Film Festival for Talented Youth
Northwest Film Forum
Pacific Science Center’s IMAX & Laser Dome
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)
Three Dollar Bill Cinema

7. BEST MUSIC ORGANIZATION
Cornish College of the Arts
Early Music Guild
Edmonds Center for the Arts
EMP Museum
Kirkland Performance Center
Music of Remembrance
Pacific MusicWorks
Seattle Chamber Music Society
Seattle Men’s & Seattle Women’s Choruses
Seattle Opera
Seattle Symphony
UW World Series/Meany Center for the Performing Arts

8. BEST CIVIC, CULTURAL, or LITERARY ORGANIZATION
Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
Hugo House
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Seattle Arts & Lectures
Seattle Center
Town Hall

9. BEST MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ORGANIZATION
ArtsWest
Cornish College of the Arts
Edmonds Center for the Arts
Kirkland Performance Center
Moisture Festival
On the Boards
Pacific Science Center
Teatro ZinZanni
UW World Series/Meany Center for the Performing Arts

10. BEST YOUTH ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
Teen Ensemble, Driftwood Players
Drama School, Seattle Children’s Theatre
Teen Docent Program, Bellevue Arts Museum
MOHAI Youth Advisors, MOHAI
Summer at Cornish, Cornish
Teen Arts Group, Seattle Art Museum
Youth Advisory Board, EMP Museum
YouthCAN, The Wing Luke Museum
Short Shakes, Seattle Shakespeare Company
Youth Programs, Seattle Public Theater
14/48 High School
FutureWave, SIFF
Rising Star Project, 5th Avenue Theatre
Reel Queer Youth, Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Youth Writers Cohort, Hugo House
Teen Improv Camp, Unexpected Productions
August Wilson Monologue Competition, Seattle Repertory Theatre
Henry Teen Collective, Henry Art Gallery

EVENT AWARDS
Works must have been produced at a TeenTix partner organization between July 2015 and June 2016

11. THE EVOLUTION AWARD
For the work that best showcased the work of young artists or engaged topics related to youth

Youth Speaks Grand Slam, Town Hall
Creative Connections: Design Brings the Neighborhood Together, Wing Luke Museum
NFFTY: The National Film Festival for Talented Youth
Punk Rock, Young Americans’ Theatre Company
14/48 High School
Young Playwrights Festival, ACT Theatre

12. THE KINDLING AWARD
For the work that most artfully illuminated a social issue or sparked civic dialogue

Disgraced, Seattle Repertory Theatre
9 Circles, Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, Seattle Art Museum
A Rap on Race, Spectrum Dance Theatre
Posing Beauty in African American Culture, Northwest African American Museum
Stick Fly, Intiman Theatre Festival

13. THE EVERYTHING OLD IS COOL AGAIN AWARD
For a classic work revitalized for a contemporary audience

Intimate Impressionism, Seattle Art Museum
Romeo and Juliet, Seattle Shakespeare Company
The Marriage of Figaro, Seattle Opera
Dvořák Cello Concerto, Seattle Symphony
The Minstral Show Revisited, Spectrum Dance Theatre
Emma, Book-It Repertory Theatre

14. THE ?! AWARD
For an unexpected contemporary work

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, ACT Theatre
My Mañana Comes, ArtsWest
The Things Are Against Us, Washington Ensemble Theatre
Sankai Juku, Meany Center for the Performing Arts
A Hand of Talons, Pork Filled Players
Emergence, Pacific Northwest Ballet

15. THE KALEIDOSCOPE AWARD
For the most transporting work

Green Day’s American Idiot, ArtsWest Playhouse
Caught, Seattle Public Theater
Seattle Art Fair
Come From Away, Seattle Repertory Theatre
Laser Dome, Pacific Science Center
OUT-spoken, Whim W’him

16. THE TREAT YO’ SELF AWARD
For the funnest way to not think about finals

Twisted Flicks, Jet City Improv
Moisture Festival
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Edmonds Center for the Arts
A Poet, A Playwright, a Novelist, and a Drag Queen, Hugo House
TheatreSports, Unexpected Productions
Christmastown: A Holiday Noir, Seattle Public Theater

17. THE BEST AESTHETICS AWARD
For great design

The Flying Dutchman, Seattle Opera
The Things Are Against Us, Washington Ensemble Theatre
Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, EMP Museum
Hotel L’Armour, Teatro ZinZanni
Girl Asleep, Seattle International Film Festival
Counter-Couture: Fashioning Identity in American Counterculture, Bellevue Arts Museum

ABOUT TEENTIX

In partnership with 64 regional arts organizations, TeenTix ensures equitable arts access for all young people, and empowers young people to engage in civic life through the arts.

TeenTix was founded in 2004 by Seattle Center, in partnership with ten of the resident arts organizations on the Seattle Center campus. In 2006, ACT Theatre became the first TeenTix partner outside of Seattle Center. Currently, 64 arts organizations throughout the Puget Sound region participate in the TeenTix program, including Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle International Film Festival, EMP Museum, 5th Avenue Theatre, and Seattle Art Fair. To date, TeenTix has facilitated the sale of over 78,000 arts tickets to teens.

Any teenager (13-19 years old) can sign up for a free TeenTix pass. The pass entitles them to purchase $5.00, day-of-show tickets at any TeenTix partner organization. TeenTix also provides opportunities for teens from all backgrounds to engage deeply with the arts, such as arts leadership training in The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society, and arts criticism training through the TeenTix Press Corps.

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