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

High schoolers from diverse backgrounds and all five boroughs, audition to participate in this free program engaging students in the process of producing a new play. Students rehearse the plays outside of school for approximately twelve weeks. Productions are designed and directed by theatre professionals, providing students a unique opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented emerging artists working in New York today.

Keen Teens culminates in the world premiere performances of three newly commissioned one-act plays at The Lion Theatre in Theater Row. Since 2005, Keen Teens has made possible the off-Broadway debut of over 300 young actors.

In over a decade, Keen Teens has presented new work by: Courtney Baron, Barton Bishop, Eleanor Burgess, 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, Boo Killebrew, Greg Kotis, Mike Lew, Cheri Magid, Winter Miller, Michael Mitnick, Anna Moench, Janine Nabers, Qui Nguyen, A. Rey Pamatmat, Max Posner, Jenny Schwartz, Jen Silverman, Kathryn Walat, 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 New York City.

Keen Teens is generously supported by the Axe-Houghton Foundation and the Keen Teens Angels.

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

The cast of AND...ACTION by Eleanor Burgess, Keen Teens 2017.

The cast of AND...ACTION by Eleanor Burgess, Keen Teens 2017.

Keen Teens 2015. Video by David McMahon

The 2020 Festival of New Work will feature plays by Chisa Hutchinson, Matthew Stephen Smith, and a one-act musical by team Melissa Li and Kit Yan.