The Drama Desk and Obie Award winning Keen Company, in a partnership with Samuel French, Inc., is proud to announce the 13th Season of Keen Teens!

Keen Teens is a free production and performance opportunity for high school students interested in theater! Working with professional playwrights, directors, designers and technicians, students will perform in the world premiere production of three new short plays, written exclusively for Keen Teens by Kate Cortesi, C.A. Johnson, and NSangou Njikam, 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 11th, plus two weekend rehearsals on March 30th and May 4th. The plays will be performed at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row for five performances May 17th-19th, 2019.

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!

AUDITION process


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30th @ 4 – 7:30pm
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3ist @ 4 – 7:30pm
FRIDAY, February 1st @ 4 – 7:30pm
Friday, February 8th @ 4 — 7:30PM (*new date added*)

Email to schedule your appointment. Please provide your full name as well as times and dates you are available to audition. Students may be put on the waitlist if all appointments are full, so email as soon as possible!


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. Or you can prepare beatboxing and/or 16 bars (under 1 min) or a rap song.
Don’t have anything prepared? Come anyway! We will have something for you to read.

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.