The Press Corps promotes critical thinking, communication, and information literacy through criticism and journalism practice for teens. Since 2006, some of the city’s most talented professional arts critics from The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Seattle Globalist, Seattle Dances (and more!) have taught over 700 teens through workshops and intensives focused on arts criticism training, resulting in over 500 reviews of arts and culture events that live on the TeenTix Blog. When the Press Corps re-launched in 2018 after a short hiatus, the updated program was designed to include racial equity and social justice priorities. The Press Corps has an explicit goal of disrupting systems of oppression within arts media that have kept marginalized voices out of arts journalism. Since our re-launch in Spring 2018, the Press Corps has:

  • trained 186 teens in the craft of arts criticism
  • published 92 reviews of our Arts Partner’s events
  • established a Newsroom of 27 youth writers, led by a dedicated Teen Editorial Staff of 5
  • worked with 12 professional arts journalists to teach and mentor teens
  • held 4 arts journalism Intensive Workshops
  • taught 3 multi-week workshops at public high schools

The updated Press Corps' program strategies center around accessibility - including tailoring class location and time of day, ensuring all Press Corps workshops are free to participants, and working closely with schools and TeenTix Arts Partners and Community Partners.


There are many way to be involved in the TeenTix Press Corps!

Take a Press Corps Workshop

We offer one-day Pop-Up workshops and longer Press Corps Intensives. Each style of workshop is offered several times throughout the year. Find out more information about our different styles of workshops and how to apply HERE.

For Teachers and Schools

The Press Corps offers in-school arts criticism residencies that introduce students to the basics of arts criticism and structuring a review. Our curriculum aligns with 21st century learning standards and builds students' creative, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Learn more about our in-school Arts Criticism 101 residencies and how to bring the Press Corps to your school HERE.

For Arts and Media Partners

Interested in having an upcoming event reviewed by the TeenTix Newsroom? Send press releases, pitches, and requests to the Teen Editorial Staff for consideration: [email protected].

TeenTix works with several media outlets to amplify the voices of our teen writers. See HERE to see teen writing featured outside the TeenTix blog.

To become a Media Partner and feature teen writing on your publication, contact the Press Corps Program Manager, Mariko Nagashima: [email protected].


Mariko Nagashima has been the TeenTix Press Corps Program Manager since its relaunch in Spring of 2018. She has extensive experience in arts journalism as the former Editor of SeattleDances, a website that covers all the dance happenings in Seattle. She is so excited the Press Corps is up-and-running again and is happy to answer any questions you have about the program. You can reach her at [email protected].


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