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Teens Behind the Scenes, The National’s newest community program, enhances the education of high school students by providing invaluable access to Broadway productions. This program welcomes dedicated students with an interest in theatre to engage with shows in the Broadway at The National season and to participate in a post-show talkback with dramaturg Jared Strange and special guests. Due to the cancelation of performances in 2020 because of COVID-19, Teens Behind the Scenes will present five microsites based on materials found in The National Theatre Archives on various topics pertaining to The National over the years and its position in American theatre history.

The National Theatre Corporation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit entity dedicated to the continued operation and preservation of The National Theatre and its connection to the communities in the nation’s capital. The National Theatre Corporation supports The National Theatre Archives, manages the capital improvements to the historic venue, and provides free community programming.

Students and teachers pose with the writers of Mean Girls: The Musical after a show.
Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, and Nell Benjamin (front row center), writers and composers of the Mean Girls musical, with teachers and students from Young Playwrights’ Theater following a preview performance as part of the Teens Behind the Scenes program.

If you are interested in learning more about Teens Behind the Scenes or the other initiatives of the National Theatre Corporation, please visit our website. You may also contact us at The Teens Behind the Scenes logo was designed by Carolyn Donarski.

The National Theatre Corporation’s Teens Behind the Scenes program is made possible through the generous support of Jacqueline Badger Mars.

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Every gift to The National Theatre Corporation helps to provide essential support that ensures our continued ability to maintain and improve our historic touring and pre-Broadway theatre and to reach the community through engaging educational programs like Teens Behind the Scenes.

Please consider becoming a “Friend of The National” with a gift of $60 or more today. Every gift makes a difference as donors like you are the foundation of our organization. For those who are able to give $250 or more, we are pleased to offer additional, exclusive benefits and privileges in appreciation of your support. Thank you for your generous consideration!

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Questions about our programs or what you’ve learned on our sites? Send us an email using the contact form below. Be sure to share a little bit about yourself, too, especially if you’re excited with what you saw here. We love to know more about the people in our community!

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