ATCteen is a free, radically accessible, learner-driven, artistic leadership program where students ages 13-19 take on the roles of producer, director, designer, playwright, performer and technician in order to create and produce their own theatre productions. Classes and engagement with Arizona Theatre Company professionals and productions enhance the hands on learning experience.
We provide quality experiential learning opportunities while empowering strong leaders, developing empathetic artists, and allowing our students to explore their unique passions. Teen members can curate their educational experience by picking from a variety of classes and activities or designing their own projects.
As an ensemble, ATCteen produces two to three shows each season, at least one of which is a student written work. ATCteen shows are led by teen artistic teams comprised of student designers, technicians, directors, horeographers, music directors, conductors and more. The program is led by our Teen Council: a small group of dedicated students who help make the executive and artistic decisions for the program including show selection, class topics, and how we engage with the company and community.
We believe each student brings something unique to the table and want to help them unlock their unique creative potential.
ATCteen is a FREE program because we believe every young person should be able to experience the magic of theatre.
You can register to be an ATCteen here https://arizona-theatre-company.coursestorm.com/category/atcteen-registration
Once you have registered as an ATCteen you can view and sign up for current projects, classes and auditions here: https://arizona-theatre-company.coursestorm.com/
There are so many reasons to become an ATCteen!
You will have the opportunity to:
ATCteen is a student-led program which means our students have the unique opportunity to make major decisions for the program. Students looking to be more involved with ATCteen and the decision-making process should apply to be part of our ATCteen Council. The ATCteen Council decides programming, classes, and involvement in community events. Council members also get to shadow professionals at ATC in the areas they are interested. The application process for becoming an ATCteen Council Member begins at the end of each school year. Benefits of Council Membership include:
Registration | Fall 2020
Registration for ATCteen Fall 2020 is now open! Click here to register.
Classes and Workshops
Leadership Workshop (October 15th-17th)
We are kicking off the year with a three-day Leadership Workshop where we will build leadership skills and talk about leadership within theatre and the creative process. Students will be asked to think like producers, Artistic Directors, directors, choreographers and designers and navigate decision making, communication and mentoring with their peers.
Intern-Led Classes (Starts October 1st)
We have two Education Interns who are ATCteen Summer on Stage Alumni! They have grown up with us over the past five years, and are now ready to give back and teach! They will offer weekly classes for our ATCteen members- topics TBA
Play Readers Book Club (Every other Friday 3:00-4:00, Starts October 2nd)
Students gather every other week to discuss a new play they have read. We continue to read interesting, bold plays that offer a lot to think and talk about. We also have guest playwrights come in to talk about the plays of theirs that we are reading. We also connect the Play Readers Book Club to the Digital Reading Series.
Masterclasses (Dates TBA)
Masterclasses with ATC guest Artists are an important part of ATCteen. Artists from the Digital Reading Series teach Masterclasses that relate to the Reading that is being produced.
Productions & Performances
Improv Troupe: The Chaos Cult Performance (September 25th 5 pm )
Our zany improve troupe has used their quarantine to develop their own long form improve game over zoom. On September 25th they will debut their zoomprov as it is broadcast live to YouTube!
#Enough: Plays to End Gun Violence (Auditions TBA, Performance December 14th,)
We are honored to partner with #Enough: Plays to End Gun Violence to produce a short play on the topic of gun violence in America. Our students will design, director and produce this short play over zoom. The play will then be broadcast on Broadway on Demand alongside works by the other eight participating theatres.
Shadowing & Other Opportunities
Rehearsals for our Digital Play Reading Series are filmed and students have access to watch those recordings and learn from observing the professionals in the room.
Teens always have the opportunity to create their own projects, this could be an individual project or a small group. The teens work with a staff mentor to create benchmarks for their project and get feedback on their work.
If you have questions about ATCteen please email education@arizona