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Arden Theatre Company launches Teen Arden
Support from the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation creates artistic home for area teens
November 28, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company takes the next step in its education programming with Teen Arden. This after-school program fully integrates teens into the artistic life of the company, and provides teens with an opportunity to build their own community that is not defined geographically, but bound by a common passion for theatre. Teen Arden is made possible by a three-year leadership grant the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation of $300,000.

About this new program, participant Terrell Jones says “To me, Teen Arden is a life changing group to be a part of, and the Arden staff takes their time with us. The Arden is like a second home!”

The members of Teen Arden will attend after-school meetings throughout the school year that are curated to provide knowledge of the inner-workings of a professional, regional non-profit theatre company. Teen Arden provides an artistic hub for these passionate teens who want to dig deeper into their theatrical experience. Teens will meet designers to learn more about the technical aspects of production, take classes at Arden Drama School, and attend theatrical events throughout the region.

“Through support from the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, the launch of Teen Arden will use the opportunity to fill a gap in our programming for students,” says Arden Education Director Maureen Mullin Fowler. “ We serve elementary school students through Arden Children’s Theatre and Arden for All. Through the Arden Professional Apprentice Program, we serve young adults who wish to develop their skills at a pre-professional level. With the launch of Teen Arden, we will reach students in high school who are at a critical time in their development.”

On Friday, October 19, Teen Arden launched with a gathering of over 40 teens at the company’s production of Next to Normal. Teens enjoyed a pre-show reception with food and theatre games with their peers, as well as a post-show gathering with members of the Next to Normal cast. A similar event will be held for each of the Arden mainstage and children’s theatre productions throughout the 2012-13 Season, with the next event taking place Friday, December 14 for Freud’s Last Session. Tickets for this evening are just $10 and can be purchased online at

Teen Arden is led by the Albert M. Greenfield Teen Council, a group of ten teens who work with the Arden’s education and artistic staff to guide the programs for the year. The members of the inaugural Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Teen Council are:
Alex Dittmar (Philadelphia, PA) – Central High School
Chioma Dunkley (Philadelphia, PA) – Hallahan Catholic Girls High School
Matthew Falance (Philadelphia, PA) – PA Cyber Charter School
Chelsey Gaskins (Philadelphia, PA) – Penn Wood Charter School
Terrell Jones (Philadelphia, PA) – Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush
Jade Lewis (Landsdowne, PA) – International Christian High School
Daniel Lugano (Elkins Park, PA) – Abington Friends School
Max Olkus (Philadelphia, PA) – Science Leadership Academy
Abby Perlman (Philadelphia, PA) – Constitution High School
Marykate Purcell (Philadelphia, PA) – Center for Performing and Fine Arts, West Chester

In Spring 2013, the Arden will open the Hamilton Family Arts Center at 62 N. 2nd Street, which will contain seven classrooms, an 80-seat studio theatre, and rehearsal hall that Teen Arden participates can call their own home, working alongside the professional artists involved with Arden Theatre Company productions.

For high resolution press images or to interview key artists and students involved with the program, press may contact Leigh Goldenberg, Marketing and PR Manager, 215.922.8900 x43 or

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Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

About the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation:
The Foundation, created by Albert M. Greenfield in 1953, reflected his personal ideals of service, the dignity of mankind and the preservation of individual and civil liberties.

As originally conceived by him, the Foundation had a broad purpose, emphasizing grants in arts and culture, economics, education, government, science and religion. Over the following decades, Mr. Greenfield’s ideals have been continuously reaffirmed and updated for contemporary relevance by succeeding generations of Foundation trustees, the majority of whom are his direct descendants.

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About Arden Theatre Company:
Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people. We also offer sign language-interpreted, captioned and audio described performances and Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsals that benefit other nonprofits.

The Arden recently announced an expansion with the Hamilton Family Arts Center, a 22,000 square foot building located three doors north of the Arden at 62 N. 2nd Street. Once renovations are complete in 2013, this building will be a home for process and innovation, including seven classrooms for Arden Drama School, a rehearsal hall, an 80-seat Studio Theatre, Lobby, Parent Lounge, and Teacher Resource Center, and a Crafts Studio for construction of set and props. Details about the Hamilton Family Arts Center can be found online at

The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 58 awards and 276 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.

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