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Teen Critic

Designed for high school students interested in theatre, journalism and/or critical writing, the Teen Critic Program at Shakespeare Theatre Company teaches students how to view productions with a critical eye and write a savvy, persuasive theatre review.

Teen Critics attend each production, receive a press packet and have the opportunity to meet with professional theatre critics from local newspapers before writing their own reviews.

Previous professional critics who have worked with the Teen Critics include:

Peter Marks, The Washington Post
Nelson PressleyThe Washington Post
Barbara Mackay, Washington Examiner
Chris Klimek, Washington City Paper
Trey Graham, NPR and Washington City Paper
Sophie Gilbert, Washingtonian Magazine
Neda Semnani, Roll Call

Students will also participate in writing workshops, giving them the tools to assess the artistry onstage and articulate their opinions effectively.  STC’s Audience Enrichment Manager will work with the Critics on revisions of each article to prepare them for publication online or in school newspapers.


Teen Critics will attend and write reviews for the majority of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2015-2016 Season.  Most performances and workshops will take place on Sunday evenings.


Tuition is $250. STC is pleased to offer the Teen Critic program (season subscriptions, workshops, and refreshments at a value of over $1,000) at a significant discount for participants. Payment is due for accepted applicants by September 1. Need-based scholarships are available. See application below for details.

To Apply

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, July 31. Admission status will be announced in early August.

Teen Critic Program Application

Teen Critic Scholarship Application

Each Teen Critic will need to have a teacher from their school sponsor them in order to participate in the program.

Mail the application, writing sample (1-3 pages) and a letter of reference written by the sponsor to:

Hannah Hessel Ratner
c/o Shakespeare Theatre Company
516 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Or via email to