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For Teens

The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 345-4849

Rose Studios for Youth Artists
12202 West Center Rd
Omaha, NE 68144
(402) 571-4446

For Teens

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The spotlight at The Rose is open to young people of all ages, including teens. Teens programming at The Rose explores a wide range of theatrical interests, including acting, directing, playwriting, costume design, lighting design and much more.

Teens 'N' Theater

teen2Teens ‘N’ Theater provides teens, ages 13 to 18, opportunities to roll up their sleeves and get active in the world of theater. The Rose produces several teens-only shows each season, where teen participants are given opportunities to act, direct, write, design and stage manage. Students perform fresh, thought-provoking work at The Rose’s Hitchcock Theater. Teens ‘N’ Theater is open to high school students who have not yet graduated. There is no cost to participate and the program is open to all interested students. Please note the audition information for each show (and our mainstage opportunities), listed further down on this page under “Teen Auditions.” 

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2021-22 Teen Season


The Rose Theater’s innovative Teens ‘N’ Theater program provides teens, ages 13 to 18, opportunities to get active in the world of theater. The Rose produces five teens-only shows each season, where teen participants act, direct, write, design and stage manage. Students perform fresh, thought-provoking work at The Rose’s Hitchcock Theater.

Teens ‘N’ Theater opening nights feature post-show discussions led by teens, including “news you can use” to learn more about topics from each show and engage in community action.

Intern Project: PlayScape
Performances: September 9 at 5:00 pm, September 11 at 5:00 pm, September 12 at 5:00 pm

Before the World Goes Dark (Climate Change)
Performance: December 11 at 7:00pm

Pride Players
Performances: February 3, 7:00 pm; February 5, 7:00 pm; February 6, 4:30 pm

Young, Gifted and Black
Performances: February 10, 7:00 pm; February 12, 7:00 pm; February 13, 4:30 pm;

One Day Meeting: April 20 at 6:00 pm

Young Playwrights Festival
Performances: May 5, 7:00 pm; May 7, 7:00 pm; May 8, 4:30 pm;


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Teen Auditions & Groups

MainStage Auditions:

We’re often looking for teens and youth to audition for shows on the Mainstage! Information, contacts, instructions and audition tips found on our Auditions page.

Teen IDEA Coalition

The Teen IDEA Coalition at The Rose is dedicated to providing a space for teens to explore Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility through the creation of art and meaningful discussion. In exploring methods of radical educational ideas and social justice principles, the group is designed to empower young people to utilize their voices as activists and artists. 

This year, the group will be creating an anthology of original scenes inspired by guest speakers and social issues impacting the Omaha area. 

Meetings begin on Saturday, September 11th at 12:30pm, and meet every other Saturday! Email Jay at if you’re interested in joining in! Floating attendance is valid, encouraged, and understood. 

2021 IDEA Coalition Meeting Schedule:

  • Saturday, 9/25, 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Saturday, 10/9, 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Saturday, 10/23, 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Saturday, 11/6, 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Saturday, 11/20, 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Saturday, 12/4, 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Saturday, 12/18, 12:30pm-2:00pm

Here’s a zine the Coalition created after the 2020-21 season of discussions on topics like white supremacy, election reform, disability justice, women’s history month, climate change and housing inequity:


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Teens who have not yet graduated from high school are welcome to attend an information meeting for each Teens ‘N’ Theater project where directors will explain the process for getting each show from concept to final production.

Dates, times and formats may change due to COVID-19 as we strive to keep our teens both engaged and safe. The current schedule for the 2021-2022 Teens ‘N’ Theater season:

  • Before the World Goes Dark: Climate Change
    Info Meetings: 11/1 & 11/4 (6:30pm)
    Contact for more info: Jay (they/them):
    Rehearsals:  Monday & Thursday Evenings (6:30pm-8:30pm)
  • Pride Players
    Info Meetings: 10/19 & 10/27 (6:30pm)
    Contact for more info: Brian (he/him):

    • Tuesday & Wednesday Evenings (Fall)
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Evenings (Winter)

    Young, Gifted & Black
    Info Meeting: 11/4, 11/9 (6:30pm)
    Contact for more info: Alease (she/her):
    Rehearsals: Tuesday & Thursday Evenings

    Info Meeting: One Day Meeting: 4/20 (6:00pm)
    Directed by Jay Hayden
  • Young Playwrights Festival
    Info Meeting: 3/24, 3/29 (6:30pm)
    Contact for more info: Jay (they/them):
    Rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Evenings

Please choose to attend just ONE information meeting per show. All meetings are held at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102.

The Rose Brigade

The Rose Brigade is an elite group of musical theater performers who perform pre-shows before select mainstage productions and, in some cases, participate in local and regional competitions. Click here for audition information.

Rose Dance Project at The Rose (RDP)

Rose Dance Project dancers are selected by audition to represent The Rose in local and regional dance competitions and to perform within the community. Click here for audition information.

Teen Classes

The Rose provides a wide range of classes for teens. Whether you are interested in acting, playwrighting, dance or voice, we have a class for you! Beginners or those with a bit more experience will find their place in the spotlight at The Rose. For information, please visit our class search engine here.

Teen Volunteer Team

The Rose’s Teen Volunteer Team helps run the light boards, paint scenery, prepare props and more. Volunteers earn volunteer credit toward free tickets, classes and more. This program gives teens an opportunity to increase their theatrical experience in a professional context, while building relationships with teens who share their interests. To sign up for the Teen Volunteer Team, email teenvolunteers@rosetheater.orgYou may also complete the online Volunteer Application.

Teen Internship

The Rose offers a Teen Internship to high school juniors who plan to study theater in college. Teen interns work a minimum of 150 hours from June to May, gaining valuable hands-on experience as they contribute to a variety of artistic, educational and administrative projects.

To apply for the Teen Internship in the 2022-2023 School Year, send a letter of interest and resume to Jay Hayden (they/them) at no later than April 2nd.