Teen Editorial Staff

The Teen Editorial Staff (TEDS) is a group of teens who curate the review portion of the TeenTix blog. Teen Editorial Staff members decide which TeenTix Arts Partners' events to cover each month, write an editorial about their curatorial choices, and assign Newsroom writers to review each event. TEDS members interface with our Arts Partners to set up press tickets for each review, and edit all Newsroom writing before it is published on the TeenTix blog. The Teen Editorial Staff is a group of skilled writers, editors, and leaders, who keep the pulse of the TeenTix Press Corps and the Seattle arts scene.

Teen editors are compensated for their work with a stipend of up to $50 per month.

To have an event considered by the Teen Editorial Staff to be reviewed, please send press releases, pitches, and requests to teeneditors@teentix.org.

Meet the 2023/2024 Teen Editorial Staff!

The 2023/2024 Teen Editorial Staff is comprised of five teens: Aamina Mughal, Audrey Gray, Anna Melomed, Daphne Bunker and Kyle Gerstel. These teen leaders are excited about providing even more opportunities for teen writers and to share their perspectives on the art in our community.

About the Teen Editors

Aamina Mughal

Aamina (she/her) In addition to being a teen editor at TeenTix, Aamina Mughal is a member of the Seattle Youth Poetry Fellowship, a bookseller, and a senior at Eastside Prep. This will be her second year as a TED and her third year as a part of the newsroom. Her journalistic work can be read on the TeenTix blog or on the encore spotlight and her poetry is available to read or is forthcoming in literary magazines like Blue Marble Review and the Kenyon Review. She is a lover of Taylor Swift and her hometown

Audrey Gray

Audrey (she/her) is a senior at Shorewood High School, where she’s involved with her school orchestra and Psychology Club. She worked as a Newsroom writer for TeenTix for two years, but has been passionate about creative media her whole life, writing about it informally even before she became involved in arts criticism. She loves the power of creative mediums in expressing and exploring the range of the human experience. In her free time, Audrey loves to play the violin, read, write creatively, and listen to new music—her favorite artistic medium. This is her second year as a TED.

Anna Melomed

Anna (she/her) is a junior at Juanita High School. She is an avid writer, reader, musician and film lover. Her interest in reviewing began at a young age where she would criticize Geronimo Stilton on Goodreads. Now she has moved into her nonfiction phase where some of her favorites feature Pachinko, A Little Life, Demon Copperhead. Outside of writing for TeenTix she has been playing piano for 11 years and has competed in various competition around the NW. Her dedication to music has led her to establish her own piano academy, where she has enjoyed to understand music from a teaching perspective. Anna believes that branching outside of the, school-taught, answer-a-question structure in writing can transform the way many people write and understand.

Daphne Bunker

Daphne (she/her) is a senior at the Downtown School in her second year with the TeenTix Newsroom. In addition to arts journalism, she loves frequenting Seattle's libraries and writing short stories, poems, and essays on American superhero comics.

Kyle Gerstel

    Kyle (he/him) is a junior at Mercer Island High School, where he performs with the drama program and works on the school newspaper. This is his fourth year as part of the TeenTix Newsroom and second year as a TED. Outside of his work with TeenTix, Kyle is the Producing Artistic Director of Penguin Productions, a Seattle-based theater dedicated to producing pay-what-you-choose teen-driven shows as well as cultivating new works by teen playwrights. He likes Love Actually and The Social Network and dislikes 13 Going on 30 and when people sneeze loudly.

    Past TEDS

    The six teens who made up the 2022/2023 Teen Editorial Staff cohort included,from left to right: Kyle Gerstel, Aamina Mughal, Disha Cattamanchi
    Bottom: Esha Potharaju, Audrey Gray, Yoon Lee

    2022/2023 TEDS

    The six teens who made up the 2021/2022 Teen Editorial Staff cohort included, from left to right: Eleanor Cenname, Disha Cattamanchi, Lucia McLaren, Esha Potharaju, Valentine Wulf, and Triona Suiter.

    The six teens who made up the 2019/2020 Teen Editorial Staff cohort included, from left to right: Joshua Fernandes, Tova Gaster, Olivia Sun, Kendall Kieras, Anya Shukla, and Lily Williamson.

    Learn more about the TEDS 2.0 cohort right here!

    The second year of the TeenTix Newsroom brought new experiences and challenges. The Teen Editorial Staff was hard at work throughout the entirety of the season, even during COVID-19. View their reviews on the TeenTix blog!

    The six teens who made up the 2020/2021 Teen Editorial Staff cohort included, from left to right: Mila Borowski, Triona Suiter, Lily Williamson, Lucia McLaren, Eleanor Cenname, and Anya Shukla.

    Learn more about the TEDS 3.0 cohort right here!

    Throughout the pandemic, the Teen Editorial Staff focused on the shifting art world and published reviews of online art events. View their work on the TeenTix blog!

    The five teens who made up the 2018/2019 Teen Editorial Staff cohort included, from left to right: Anya Shukla, Joshua Fernandes, Hannah Schoettmer, Huma Ali, and Lily Williamson.

    Read more about the fab five right HERE.

    In the first year of the TeenTix Newsroom, the Teen Editorial Staff published over 60 reviews of events at our Arts Partners. Read those reviews on the TeenTix blog!

    Congratulations to this inaugural group of TEDS. Read their farewell Newsroom post right here: TEDS 1.0 Signing Off!

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