Teen Arden

Teen Arden is an extension of the Arden Theatre Company’s teen classes and camps. This program gives 9th-12th graders direct access to the work we do on stage! As a member of Teen Arden, you can look forward to attending all Arden shows, including dinner and an exclusive talk back with actors, for only $10. Additionally, programming during the season includes many FREE events, such as our Teen Arden College + Career Fair, trips to see shows at other cultural institutions, and a Teen Arden Cabaret!

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Teen Nights

An opportunity for students in 9th – 12th grade to see a show together at the Arden!

On select performances (listed below), you can attend an Arden show for just $10! You’ll also enjoy a pre-show party including dinner with fellow teens AND an exclusive post-show talkback with artists involved in the production.

To unlock the special $10 ticket price, use the code TEENARDEN when purchasing.

Ragtime – Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 2:00pm (Pre-show party begins at 12:30pm)
Tiny Beautiful Things – Friday, December 6, 2019 at 8:00pm (Pre-show party begins at 6:30pm)
The Snow Queen –  Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 7:00pm (Pre-show party begins at 5:30pm)
My General Tubman – Friday, February 21st, 2020 at 8:00pm (Pre-show party begins at 6:30pm)
A Streetcar Named Desire – Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 2:00pm (Pre-show party begins at 12:30pm)
The Cat in the Hat – Friday, May 1st, 2020 at 7:00pm (Pre-show party begins at 5:30pm)
Once on this Island – Friday, May 29th, 2020 at 8:00pm (Pre-show party begins at 6:30pm)

Friday, February 21st, 8pm

My General Tubman

Sunday, March 22nd, 2pm

A Streetcar Named Desire

Teen Arden College + Career Fair

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Teen Arden College + Career Fair

A FREE event for 9th-12th graders and their parents!
Lunch is provided for all participants.

Saturday, November 23, 2019
11 am – 5 pm
Hamilton Family Arts Center
62 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Teen Arden College + Career Fair will give students and their parents insight into careers in the arts through practical advice and instruction. This is an informative and exciting day, including panel discussions with Philadelphia’s leading theatre professionals, a college fair featuring regional institutions with theatre programs, and career-focused mini-classes such as:

  • Headshot 101
  • Dance Call
  • Improv
  • Production Tours
  • Stage Management 101
  • Monologue and Song Coaching
  • Resume Writing
  • Audition Technique

10:00 am  – Check-in and Registration
11:00 am – Artist Panel
12:15 pm – Class Session # 1
12:50 pm  – Class Session #2
1:20 pm  – LUNCH
2:00 pm  – Class Session # 3
2:35 pm – Class Session #4
3:15 pm  – Production Panel
4:00 pm  – College Fair

10:00 am  – Check-in and Registration
11:00 am – Artist Panel
12:15 pm – Financial Aid Panel
1:25 pm – Admissions Panel
2:25 pm  – LUNCH
3:15 pm  – Production Panel
4:00 pm  – College Fair

Artist Panel: There are many paths to a future in theatre. This panel will be made up of Philadelphia’s leading theatre professionals, who will each talk about what led them to where they are today. From formal education and early jobs to key decisions and driving goals, they will share their best (and worst) decisions, giving teens food for thought as they begin their careers.

Production Panel: Theatre designers and technicians will share what led them to where they are in their careers today. They will discuss their education and work history, and answer questions like: What does a day in the life of a designer look like? What are their job responsibilities, and how do they structure their time? What does it mean to work collaboratively to bring productions to life?

Admissions and Financial Aid Panels: Parents will meet Admissions and Financial Aid Officers from several local universities who will share their unique perspectives. They will discuss key points of their areas of expertise, including the application process and financial aid strategies that will give parents the confidence to tackle college finances.

College Fair: Meet representatives from local colleges and universities to learn more about what each program has to offer and how to begin the application process.

Headshot 101:
Work with a professional photographer to learn what makes a good headshot, how to find a photographer, and what you should expect to pay. Then, you’ll get a chance have your very own photo shoot, and leave with a sample headshot!

Dance Call: Take part in a mock dance call led by a professional choreographer, and learn a short movement combination. Through lecture and practical instruction, you’ll learn what to expect from the audition experience, and acquire the tools and confidence you will need to succeed in future dance calls.

Improv: Everyone from actors to lawyers can benefit from improvisational skills! Spend a fun-filled session with an improv teacher to learn basic techniques by playing games to practice these invaluable skills.

Production Tour: How do productions at the Arden move from page to stage? Staff will lead small groups through the Arden’s scene shop, paint deck, and prop storage to give you a sneak peek of what goes on behind the scenes, as well as insight into technical theatre careers.

Monologue Coaching: Work one-on-one with an acting coach to refine a monologue for future audition use. To participate, you must prepare and memorize a monologue that is no longer than one minute.

Song Coaching: Work one-on-one with a music director to refine a song for future audition use. To participate, you must prepare and memorize a 32-bar cut and provide a copy of the sheet music that includes piano accompaniment.

Stage Management 101: Want to be the one running the show? Meet a professional stage manager, and learn what it takes to organize and coordinate a theatrical production during the audition process, rehearsals, and performances.

Resume Writing: Get the tools you need to create a resume that showcases your skills and experience.  From formatting to content, you’ll be guided through resume writing’s best practices in order to present yourself in the most professional manner.

Audition Technique: Learn how to choose appropriate material, enter the audition room with confidence, and slate your name.  A professional casting director will give you pointers and practical advice to help you nail your next audition.

All participants MUST register!

For questions and partial day registrations, contact Teen Arden at teenarden@ardentheatre.org
OR register for the full event today!

*The Teen Arden College + Career Fair is made possible by generous contributions to the Dr. Andrea Mengel Fund. Andy Mengel was an Arden friend and Board member who believed passionately in the power of education and who dedicated herself to helping others achieve their potential.

Teen Arden Cabaret

An Arden Cabaret pairing teens and professionals for a night of scenes and songs!

Each season, Teen Arden members have the opportunity to participate in our Teen Arden Cabaret alongside some of Philly’s most talented professional actors.  Prior to the event, students are paired with professionals and assigned material for the evening.  They rehearse together under the guidance of a director and music director, and then they perform for a packed house in the Arden’s Bob and Selma Horan Studio Theatre!

Participation in the event is open to all ACTIVE Teen Arden members.  In order to be considered an active member, students must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Attended at least three Teen Arden events during the current season
  • Attended at at least one 8-week Arden Drama School class session in the past calendar year
  • Attended at a least one Arden Summer Camp session in the past calendar year (session must be 1-week or longer)

The 2019/20 Teen Arden Cabaret will be taking place on March 30, 2020!

Teen Arden is led by The Albert M. Greenfield Teen Council:

Abby Brown
Ani Peterson
Corey Hecdivert
Flynn Nolen
Hannah Reich
Jay Nasser
Sadie McKenna
Samantha Roehl
Sam Rufino

Teen Arden was established by a grant from The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation