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Teenage Drama Workshop

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We’re in need your help to establish a strong financial foundation to ensure that TADW will be around for a long to come. We are asking you to donate whatever you can.  Perhaps it’s the amount you would have spent on tickets last summer? Maybe it’s the cost of a ticket to Munch N' Crunch?

It’s simple : $20 will help purchase props for another fantastic TADW production

                   $50 will buy fabric, thread, and supplies to costume one of our students

                   $100 will help us buy new microphones for our rising stars 

Your gift, no matter the size, will help us prepare for a great summer 2021, our 64th summer! We’re planning on producing two great shows – one that features a group of students who LOVE musical theatre and one student who seeks to destroy it  and another production that is a classic TADW show that has its roots (and authors) at CSUN. Plus a great collection of classes and electives, unlike any summer we’ve had so far! 

So think about your time at Teenage Drama workshop and the impact it had you and help us provide those memories for another generation of students.  Give students the chance to experience Improv night or the Legend of Horace Hall or the excitement of opening a show and the bittersweet sadness of closing day.  Any gift is appreciated and know that when we can all be together we want you here to celebrate with us! 

Be well, wear a mask and we’ll see you next summer!

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Please check back for more details regarding exciting opportunities coming Summer 2021!

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Hello and welcome to the world of TADW! We’re excited to start our 63rd summer as one of the longest running youth theatre programs in the country.

Our goal is to provide a high level of performing artist education for secondary school students. Young people work alongside theatre professionals, theatre educators and university theatre students who bring their gifts and talents to the program. We offer a safe, inclusive environment for our students to experience the arts in a supportive atmosphere.

Theatre is a process and it’s takes a village (or a small army!) to make it succeed. Along the way, our hope is that the students have learned a bit about theatre but also about collaboration, patience and kindness.

TADW Mission Statement

The Teenage Drama Workshop offers middle and high school students an introduction to the theatre in a university setting, empowering them to learn new life skills and (for some) to contemplate studies or a possible career in this field.


What is Teenage Drama Workshop?

Teenage Drama Workshop (TADW) is a six-week conservatory style program offering teens age 11-18 the opportunity to develop skills in theatre arts. For the past 63 years TADW has been held on the campus of California State University Northridge. During the summer, TADW occupies Nordhoff Hall, home to the Theatre Department in the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication. Our goal is to teach not only theatre arts but the importance of ensemble and team work through our intensive classes and productions. 


Who can participate in TADW?

To participate you need to be age 11-18 and either entering 6th grade in Fall 2020 or having just graduated 12th grade in Spring 2020. While our program is based in the theatre arts, you do not need experience in theatre to participate in TADW. We want energetic and enthusiastic students who are excited to learn about theatre and who want to great summer.  

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