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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, preferred press seating 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 2014-2015 Season as well as a final show from another DC area theatre company. All performances and press workshops will be on Thursday nights. There will be two writing workshops on Saturday afternoons in October and January.

As You Like It:  Early November
The Tempest: Early December
The Metromaniacs: Early February
The Man of La Mancha: Mid-March
Tartuffe: Mid-May
Plus, one more play to be announced!

To Apply

Teen Critic application materials are due Friday, May 23. Download the 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 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