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TeenTix Arts News Roundup: July Edition

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is partnering with TeenTix to publish a bi-monthly round-up of arts and cultural events. The partnership supports and provides additional outlets for teen expressions in media. TeenTix programs create a place for teens to process, interpret, reflect, and think critically about the content they engage with through professional journalism and podcasting practice, and in-school arts criticism training. TeenTix and ARTS support and uplift youth voices in media to empower students while fostering future writers and content creators. Read more work by youth at

Take a peek at some of their recent features below:

Hedwig is Timeless

A review of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Arts West
Written by Cordelia Janow, TeenTix Alumni

An actor on stage stands at a mic. In front of them is a projection of a Black person's face. From this angle, you can see the Stage Manager backstage at a computer terminal.

“The stage is set for a night of glamour and rock at Arts West’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. A sign in the corner reads “Black Trans Lives Matter”, inclusive pride flags sit on the desk, and the stage emanates Seattle’s Pioneer Square, setting up this modernized and localized interpretation of the show. The actors enter an exit as the audience finds their seats, checking on wigs, the soundboard, and whatever else Hedwig needs to start her show. When the show begins Hedwig (Nicholas Japaul Bernard) enters decked in pride flags and a contrasting American flag slung over her shoulders, but when she takes it off it reveals the confederate flag on the other side, immediately calling out the racist undercurrents of America. The opening speech, full of self-aware comments and Seattle-specific references, sets up a new vision for Hedwig: She exists in the modern day and the past, calling audience members to suspend their disbelief as she carries them through her story.”

Examining Journalism through the Lens of Director Christie Zhao

Written by TeenTix Writer Raika Roy Choudhury

Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Christie Zhao is directing "Caught" by Christopher Chen.

“Masterfully maneuvering the challenges of cultural and linguistic differences, Director Christie Zhao is dedicated to shining light on “essential truths” about our social and political realms through theater. Stumbling upon theater classes whilst pursuing, and soon achieving, a degree in computer science, Zhao unexpectedly “fell deeper and deeper” into its activist potential and culture. In March of 2022, after working in a software engineer role, Zhao even founded Yun Theatre, a nonprofit dedicated to building a multilingual theater community and creating radical theater in the Pacific Northwest.”

Theater in a Gym: Heartwarming Step by Performers Inspire New Talent

Written by TeenTix Writer, Adrija Jana

Promo graphic: Daira Roriguez is directing "Elyse and Mae Play  the Most Epic Game of Life Ever" by Kandace Mack.

“As an elementary school student, Daira Rodriguez remembers being excited to go on a field trip to a show of Annie the Musical. However, when a sudden thunderstorm led to plans being canceled, the theatre team decided to come in and perform in the small gym inside the school, with nothing but costumes and props. Something about the gesture struck a chord with Daira, which it seems, never stopped resonating. A professional director, Daira recounts: ‘Honestly, I don’t know what it was about that grand gesture that made me beg my mom to sign me up for a youth theatre immediately afterwards—but I did. It was the first community I felt part of and the one I’ve consistently sought since. Something stuck I guess!’ “

Yes, Yellowface is good – but how are you interpreting it?

Review of Yellowface by R.F. Kang
Written by Teen Writer Yuena Kim and edited by Aamina Mughal

Book cover for "Yellowface" is entirely yellow, except for a pair of eyes, looking off to their right. Text: Yellowface, R.F.Kuang, #1 New York Times Bestselling author.

“Going into Yellowface, I was immediately enthralled. R. F. Kuang’s hallmarks—suffocating tension, her unflinching eye for critique, and messy-yet-compelling characters that horrify us, yet keep us engrossed in a compulsive, almost shameful pull—were all put on gleaming display.”

Moth to a Flame: The Magnetism of The Moth Mainstage

Review of The Moth Mainstage at Seattle Arts and Lectures
Written by Aamina Mughal and edited by Vee Hua

A Black storyteller stands with their arms spread wide on stage. Behind them is a mic stand on top of a square rug.

“From the moment the lights dimmed in Benaroya Hall and the anticipatory applause echoed throughout the room, I felt as though the rest of the audience knew something I didn’t, as someone who had never before been to a Moth Mainstage show. I would later discover that the secret they were all privy to was the specific type of magic that comes with sharing intimate stories. The Moth is an organization that emphasizes the importance of storytelling through their podcast and their live events. Moth events are generally composed of a few storytellers, and this event included five speakers, professional and otherwise. The atmosphere at the show was immediately larger than life, aided by the enigmatic host, Jon Goode.”

Actors to Stage Shallow

Review of Day after day on this beautiful stage at Henry Art Gallery
Written by Teen Writer Maitreyi Parakh and edited by Aamina Mughal

Colorful patterns and shapes cover entire walls and extend on to the floor. A couch on the left is also similarly decorated.

Day after day on this beautiful stage at the Henry Art Gallery attempts a new take on modern art that unfortunately falls quite flat—despite the interactive 3D aspects of the exhibit. Sarah Cain presents a set with couches positioned for the viewer to look upon the stage, as the name suggests. Viewers are allowed to enter both portions of the exhibit, which takes advantage of the Henry’s expansive ceilings to appear all-encompassing. The piece is considered a subversion of serious abstract art, in that much of the strokes that build up the world of this set appear childish and sloppy.”

Read more arts and culture reviews on the TeenTix blog and stay tuned for more roundups coming soon.