The Drama Desk and Obie Award winning Keen Company, in a partnership with Samuel French, Inc., is proud to announce the 12th Season of Keen Teens!

Keen Teens is a free production and performance opportunity for high school students interested in theater! Working with professional playwrights, composers, directors, designers and technicians, students will perform in the world premiere production of three new short pieces (two plays and one musical!), written exclusively for Keen Teens by James Anthony Tyler, Leah Nanako Winkler, and Salomon Lerner/Jamie Cowperthwaite, at Off-Broadway’s Theatre Row. The pieces are then published by Samuel French and made available to be performed in high schools across the country.

Students who are cast will rehearse once a week, after school, beginning February 8th, plus two weekend rehearsals in April. The plays will be performed at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row for five performances May 11th-13th, 2018.

Auditions are open to all high school students in the NY area. If you can get to midtown Manhattan weekday afternoons and want to learn about how a professional production is created, then we want you!  You must be in grades 9 –12 and be available for the rehearsal process and the week of our performances. No theatrical experience needed!

AUDITON process


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24th @ 4 – 7:30pm
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25th @ 4 – 7:30pm
FRIDAY, JANUARY 26th @ 4 – 7:30pm

Email to schedule your appointment.


Theatre Row Rehearsal Studios
411 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
West 41st Street between 9th and Dyer Avenues
Follow the signs for Keen Teens auditions.


Prepare a short (1-2 min) monologue, if you have one.
If you do not have a monologue, come anyway. We will have something for you to read.
If you would like to be considered for the MUSICAL, please prepare a 16-bar song. An accompanist will be provided—you can bring sheet music or sing a’cappella.

If you would like to speak to someone about the audition process, please email For accessibility information, special circumstances, or other accommodations please contact Hope Chavez at


If you are interested in directing, tech (lights/sound), design (scenic/costume), stage management, or producing, we would love to have you! Students interested in other elements of theater have the opportunity to assist members of our production team.

If you are interested, please email to set up an interview.