Teen Council

Teen Council

What is Teen Council?

The Teen Council at Hartford Stage is a teen-led advisory board for high school students passionate about theatre and arts leadership. Teen Council represents the voice of young people at Hartford Stage to the staff, board and community. The Teen Council is tasked with hosting events and activities for teens throughout the year, including Teen Takeover events. Any 9-12 grader interested in participating is welcome to attend meetings throughout the year and our Teen Council hosted events.


Responsibilities & Benefits of Being a Teen Council Member

  • Attend at least 2 Teen Council Meetings & contribute to discussions & activities
  • Serve as an ambassador for Hartford Stage by sharing Teen Council activities and events with peers
  • $18 tickets to Hartford Stage shows, including Teen Takeover Thursdays with pre-show parties
  • VIP Access to Hartford Stage staff and artists
  • Opportunity to learn more and be connected with a professional theatre

Details on the 2018/19 Season are forthcoming.

What are Thursday Teen Takeover Nights?

Thursday Teen Takeovers are specific performances throughout the season that invite teens to gather together to attend a pre-show reception and watch a production. All teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend and the cost for the reception and performance is our student price ticket of $18. Here is a list of our upcoming Thursday Teen Takeover Nights:

Teen Takeover Nights run concurrently with the production season of Hartford Stage. All productions will take place at our theatre on 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford. If ticket cost effects participation, please let us know.

Nicole Asamoah

Nichole Asamoah is a junior at Farmington High School and is excited to be a member of the Hartford Stage Youth Council! She’s been involved with theatre from a young age and hopes to inspire others in her community and to pursue Musical Theater in the future. Some of her theatrical credits include: Curl Girl in Beauty and the Beast, Aunt Tilly in It’s a Wonderful Life at FHS, and Tina Turner in The Wedding Singer. Other productions include Little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Oz, and Grease. When she’s not acting, singing, or learning choreography, Nicole loves to write for all genres and play piano. She would like to thank her mom and sister for their support as well as her friends and drama teacher for encouraging her in her theatrical endeavors.

Jarriel DeJesus

Jarriel is a 16-year-old student at Granby Memorial High School. He has a passion for the arts, music, dancing and reading, among other hobbies. He has worked with Hartford Stage for the last two summers in the Breakdancing Shakespeare Company and he is ecstatic to be a part of the Hartford Stage Youth Council. He is very happy to get the chance to share his passion for the arts with others, and to bring the arts to young people who don’t have as much exposure in their communities. He hopes to make a difference with the Youth Council and is looking forward to the new experience.

Amara Payton McNeil

Amara McNeil is 15 years old and attends Classical Magnet School. When it comes to theatre, she acts and works on the technical side, with a preference for tech. Her favorite thing about theatre is the irony of it—through portraying others, you are able to discover more about yourself. Amara is on the Youth Council because she feels that Hartford Stage programs allow students to meet new people and explore the art of theatre in innovative ways. She also wants everyone to have the opportunity to fall in love with theatre like she has.

Tam Vu

Tam Vu is a certified drama geek currently studying at East Hartford High School. Tam has performed in several musical and theatre productions in and out of school, as well as several choirs. They serve as the main actor of the EHHS Film Club and participated in the Write On program at Hartford Stage. In Tam’s free time, Tam enjoys reading, playing piano, writing, improve, and most of all, eating.

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