Teen Council


The Philadelphia Theatre Company Teen Council members are nominated by teaching artists and teachers who participate in our education programming, based on their leadership skills and a deep level of commitment as a young theater artist.  Current Teen Council members can also nominate their peers who qualify

Pictured in the banner above: Teen Council at the 2015 PTC Gala


Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Teen Council is a group of young artists who act as the bridge between the PTC main-stage season, its administrative offices and the classroom. They assist the education department by developing plans and activities for programing in schools and at the theater. Teen Council prides itself on inspiring other teens by building a community in which they are encouraged to be themselves and showcase their individuality through the performing arts. ~ written by inaugural PTC Teen Council 2014

PTC’s Teen Council is involved in all aspects of the company.

Here is a sampling of the ways Teen Council members worked within the company in the 2014-15 season:

  • Served as hosts for the education department’s Drama Teens Night  and emcees for Philly Reality
  • Read season scripts and planned activities for the Drama Teens preshow workshops for each show
  • Helped the Education Department create new initiatives such as the Arts Immersion Project
  • Helped the various PTC departments with administrative tasks related to each show such as mailings, show research, lobby displays and creating content for study guides
  • Inspired other teens to want to join and be a part of the PTC family and team
  • Represented Teen Council at various Artist Circle and PTC donor events, including the annual PTC Gala.

Arts Immersion Project 2015

The Arts Immersion Project took members of the PTC Teen Council out of the theater to experience other art forms.  Using the guiding question, “What moves you?” as the focus, the goal was to expand the artistic scope of our young artists.  Over six days we took field trips to the Magic Gardens, Grounds for Sculpture, the Barnes Foundation, and saw Shakespeare in Clarke Park and a Portuguese Samba duo and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center.  We spent time reflecting on each performance or exhibit individually through journaling and collectively through group response activities. The teens then worked through 2 studio days to create a response to the other art forms.   The Teen Council decided to share the video, visual art, written, spoken word and movement pieces they created in response to their Arts Immersion experience with an ‘internal’ audience of PTC staff and their families in the SRT lobby.

In this video: Teen Council member Kahdijah Davis documents the Arts Immersion Project – 2015.