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For Teens & Pre-Teens

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We believe that theater provides a platform for teens to learn, find their voice, create, and be heard.

A.R.T. develops a variety of programs for teens to connect to their creativity, power, and each other through mentorship, theater skill-building, and self-expression.

Please email to receive information on upcoming semesters.

Youth Action Team


The Youth Action Team is a paid, year-long program for public high school students that develops leadership skills through original creative arts producing. Participants will form a community of like-minded peers and industry connections as they design and implement their own arts initiatives in collaboration with the A.R.T.’s values and programming. They will leave the program equipped and inspired to become change-makers in their communities.

In a six-week summer program, Y.A.T. participants will actively investigate the A.R.T’s upcoming season of plays through readings, art-making, workshops with local artists and activists, and self-designed activities. Participants will dive into the “hows” and “whys” of producing arts events, while connecting this knowledge to themselves and the change they want to see in their communities. Through designing community projects in small groups, participants will practice the communication, relationship-building and decision-making skills that will prepare them to be the agentive and creative leaders this moment calls for. To cap off the summer, participants will pitch their projects to A.R.T. leadership!

During the school year, participants will apply their leadership skills by implementing their community projects with the support of A.R.T. staff and resources. They will meet individually with A.R.T. mentors and gather monthly as a cohort to support each other’s developing projects, maintain their relationships, and work directly with professionals at the A.R.T. The Y.A.T. is an opportunity for youth to discover their voice and make it heard!


We are not accepting applications for the 2023/24 school year. If you would like to be updated about programs for teens at A.R.T., email

A.R.T. Young Company & Teen Company

A.R.T. Young Company is the next step for our Kids Company program for students ages 11 to 13. Through the semester, we will create a new play with a deeper focus on ensemble-building, teamwork, and writing that expands upon our classic curriculum. Students still serve as writers and performers for a world premiere workshop performance!

A.R.T. Teen Company is for teens ages 14 to 16! Students will deepen skills from the A.R.T.’s core curriculum—ensemble-building, teamwork, and writing—with an additional emphasis on performing skills and opportunities for creative leadership as the group develops their own world premiere workshop performance.

Spring 2023 Classes

Now Enrolling
Saturdays, March 18 – May 13
No class on April 22

As we plan for A.R.T.’s move to Allston, all classes will take place at the Harvard Ed Portal (224 Western Avenue, Allston; parking available). The final two weeks of A.R.T. Young Company and Teen Company are tentatively scheduled to take place in The Ex theater at the Loeb Drama Center (64 Brattle Street, Cambridge) for the classes’ dress rehearsals and final shareformanc

Allston-Brighton Scholarships
Applications Closed
A.R.T. is offering scholarships to children who live or attend public school in Allston-Brighton. If your child is an Allston-Brighton resident or student, apply for a scholarship by selecting the “Allston-Brighton Scholarship” button next to the class that interests you. All other families should choose the “Enroll” option.

COVID-19 Policies
COVID-19 vaccination will not be required. Currently, masking is optional at the Ed Portal and required at the Loeb Drama Center. All program staff will be vaccinated, tested regularly, and will remain masked throughout the program.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact

Young Company
Ages 11 – 13
10:30AM – 12:30PM

Teen Company
Ages 14 – 16
1 – 3:30PM

We also offer programs for younger students! Learn More

A.R.T. at Matignon 2021/22 Workshops

A.R.T. at Matignon, part of The Cambridge Matignon School’s Arts Academy, will foster the theater skills and artistic identity for emerging youth artists to hone their skills and become creative leaders.

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Spring Break Programs

A.R.T. now offers a combined acting and writing program during April break for teens and pre-teens, ages 11 to 15!

Acting for Teens introduces techniques for different types of performance, including scenes, monologues, script analysis, voice acting, and more. Students will work with A.R.T. teaching artists to build the essentials of the actor’s toolbox: voice, body, mind, and imagination.

Scriptwriting for Teens dives in to the process of structuring a story and crafting a playable script. Teens will write a script around a theme, build vocal performance skills through activities, and learn story crafting.