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For Teens & Pre-Teens

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

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


What is Proclamation?

Proclamation is, basically, a group of high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who get together after school at the theater; talk about the world with Harvard professors and A.R.T. artists; invent a mind-exploding club theater show; bask in the glory of their adoring fans; give each other the most massive, epic hugs (the squeeze-the-life-out-of-you kind); and promise they’ll never let go of this feeling: that you made something important and real, together.

That’s Proclamation. (Basically).

It’s eight weeks, three days a week, three and a half hours a day. We don’t audition for Proclamation, just informal one-on-one interviews. Whether you get invited to join the ensemble or not, we give everyone who applies the same fair shot.

Each year, Proclamation starts with a flashpoint: a current social or political event; book, essay or article; recent controversy; or work of art that ignites our investigation—which ultimately develops into an original devised theater piece written and performed by the ensemble.

We treat everyone in Proclamation like a professional. This means everyone gets paid for their work, writing, and performing at the A.R.T.

P.S.: No theater experience required.

Proclamation 7 (Fall 2019)

Proclamation runs for eight weeks September – November. Rehearsal will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 4 – 7:30PM.

Two final performances will take place at OBERON on November 2 & 3.

Applications for Proclamation 7 are now closed.
Applications for Fall 2020 will open in Summer 2020.

Please email to receive information on upcoming programs.

Spring Break Programs

A.R.T. now offers April break programs for teens and pre-teens, ages 11 – 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 for radio or podcast. The script will then be recorded and produced as an actual podcast! Teens will write a script around a theme, build vocal performance skills through activities, and learn story crafting for a podcast.

Both of these sessions meet daily for one week at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., during the public school April vacation.

Enrollment for Spring Break 2019 has closed.
Applications for April 2020 will open in December/January 2020.

Please email to receive information on upcoming semesters.

We do not audition for any of our programs, and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes fill up FAST, so don’t hesitate… and contact our fearless leaders in the Education Department if you have any questions!