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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.” 

During the 2020-21 Season, for the safety of our teens and their families during the COVID pandemic, many of our youth theater productions are creatively innovating and adapting into virtual, digital, or hybrid theater projects. For the most-up-to-date information on these Teens-N-Theater programs, check back here frequently! Or feel free to contact us at: with any questions you may have! We’re still creating together at The Rose Theater in all kinds of inventive ways that you’ll definitely want to be a part of!

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2020-21 Teen Season

teen3The 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.

Livestream Performance on Zoom on September 17, 19, 20, 2020 at 7:00PM
Digital Streaming Watch Party on the Rose Theater YouTube channel on Sept. 25, 2020

Livestream Performance on YouTube on Monday, December 14th, 2020 at 7pm-9pm

Pride Players
Digital Streaming Watch Party (date/time tbd)

Young, Gifted and Black
Performances on February 18 & 20, 2021 at 7:00pm and February 21, 2021 at 4:30pm

Young Playwrights Festival
Performances on April 23 & 24, 2021 at 7:00pm and Sunday April 25, 2021 at 4:30 pm


Young Playwrights for Change Competition

Enjoy being creative? Enjoy writing? Want to see your words come to life?  Want to win cool prizes?

The Rose Theater is looking for 10-minute plays, written by teens like YOU!

Topic: TBA

Rules Theme & Style Guide Creative Tips Format Guide Entry Form

TYA Website (Please do not apply through this link)

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Teen Auditions & Groups

MainStage Auditions:

The Rose is accepting video submissions for its musical Disney’s Descendants now through December 4, 2020. Actors of all types are welcome to audition.  Minority actors are wanted for lead roles. Lead roles are available for adults and for youth artists ages 13-18. 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. Each meeting, takeaways and generated art from participants are compiled into a document for a collaborative Zine at the end of the School Year.

The group meets on Zoom once per month on Saturday afternoons. Email Jay at if you’re interested in joining in on the fun!

Here’s a zine that the Teen IDEA 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:


Teens ‘N’ Theaterteenaudition

Teens who have not yet graduated from high school are welcome to attend an information meeting for each Teens ‘N’ Theater show 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 2020-21 Teens ‘N’ Theater season:

  • Pride Players
    Info Meetings: Wednesday Oct. 21 & Tuesday Oct. 27 2020 at 6:00PM (on Zoom)
    Email Brian Guehring (he/him) for the Zoom link at
    Rehearsals (Zoom and at The Rose): Tuesdays and Wednesdays (occasionally Monday/Thursday) 6:15 – 8:30 pm from 10/21/20 – 2/3/21
    Info Meeting: Monday, November 16 at 6-7 pm (on Zoom)
    Email Jay Hayden (they/them) for the Zoom link at
    Rehearsals (Zoom): Saturdays 10am-12pm and Mondays 6-8pm from 11/21/21 – 12/12/21
  • Young, Gifted & Black
    Info Meeting: Tuesday Dec. 8 & Friday Dec. 11, 2020 and (on Zoom)
    Email Tyrone Beasley (he/him) for the Zoom link at
    Rehearsals: 6:00-8:30pm Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays from 1/5/21 – 2/17/21
  • Young Playwrights Festival
    Info Meeting: Thursday Mar. 11 & Wednesday Mar. 17, 2021 at 6:30PM (Location TBA)
    Email Jackie Kappes (she/her) for information at
    Rehearsals: Monday-Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm from 3/11/21 – 4/22/21

Please choose to attend just ONE information meeting per show. All meetings are held either on Zoom or 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, send a letter of interest and resume to Stephanie Jacobson at no later than April 2nd.