Keen Teens 2015. Video by David McMahon

Keen Teens is a unique educational theater production, which improves the quality of plays written for high school students by commissioning scripts from accomplished professional playwrights and immerses approximately forty high school students in a professional theater experience.

For ten seasons, students from diverse backgrounds have auditioned to participate in the process of producing a new play. Keen Teens productions are designed and directed by theater professionals, providing students a unique opportunity to work alongside professional theater artists and culminating in the world premiere performances of three new plays at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Since 2007, Keen Teens has produced the off-Broadway debut of over 300 young actors.

In our first nine years, Keen Teens presented new work by Courtney
Baron, Barton Bishop, Bekah Brunstetter, Jonathan Caren, Kristoffer
Diaz, Bathsheba Doran, Anton Dudley, Halley Feiffer, Kenny Finkle, Liz
Flahive, Marcus Gardley, Madeleine George, Jason Grote, Naomi Iizuka
and Ryan Pavelchik, Greg Kotis, Mike Lew, Cheri Magid, Winter Miller,
Michael Mitnick, Anna Moench, Janine Nabers, Qui Nguyen, Max Posner,
Jenny Schwartz, Jen Silverman, Kathryn Walat, and Lauren Yee.

These plays are regularly licensed and performed around the world, garnering over 200 productions to date, from Australia to Singapore. Through our publishing agreement with Samuel French, the reach of Keen Teens continues to extend far beyond Theatre Row.

For more information, please email keenteens@keencompany.org.