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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

Welcome to Teens 'N' Theater!

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.


Livin’ in Color!

Coming soon to The Rose Theater Downtown!

  • April 25 at 7 pm
  • April 27 at 7:30 pm

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.

teen2 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 main stage opportunities) is listed further down on this page under “Teen Season.” 

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Intern Project: PlayScape

Location: Rose Theater Downtown

Performances: September 14 at 7 pm, September 15 at 5 pm, September 16 at 11 am





Before the World Goes Dark

Location: Rose Theater Downtown

Info Meeting/Auditions: October 24 & November 2, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Rehearsals: Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 7 – 28, 6:30-9:00 pm

Performances: December 14 at 7 pm, December 16 at 8 pm

Pride Players

Location: Rose Theater Downtown

Info Meeting/Auditions: November 15 & 28, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Performances: February 1 at 7 pm, February 2 at 5 pm, February 3 at 7:30 pm

Livin’ in Color

Funded in part by a grant from the Childrens Theatre Foundation of America 

Location: Rose Theater Downtown

Info Meeting/Auditions: February 22 & 27, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays (March 5 – 26), 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (March 27 – April 25), 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Friday April 25th @ 7:00pm
Saturday April 27th @ 7:30pm

Young Playwrights Festival

Location: Rose Theater Downtown

Info Meeting/Auditions: March 6 & 18, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Mondays & Wednesdays (March 13 – April 1), 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays (April 2 – May 1), 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Performances: May 2 at 7 pm, May 3 at 5 pm, May 4 at 7:30 pm


Teen IDEA Coalition

Theater of the Oppressed. Using Brazilian theatre techniques, the group makes short, interactive scenes of “Forum Theater,” where problems are dramatized, stopped, and reframed — as rehearsal for reality. The group presents at Opening Night of Teens ’n’ Theater shows to inspire audiences to take immediate action in moments of injustice.

Meetings are every other Wednesday. Email Jay at if you’re interested in joining. Floating attendance is valid, encouraged and understood. 

2023-24 IDEA Coalition Meeting Schedule:

  • Meeting Dates: Alternate Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 20, 5:00 – 6:00 pm at The Rose Theater Downtown
  • Performances: December 14, February 1, April 25, May 2 (following TNT productions)

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:

Teen Classes

The Rose provides a wide range of classes for teens. Whether you are interested in acting, playwriting, 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.

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

 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 at no later than April 1, 2023. 


Rose Teens in Action