Mead Ensemble

The Voices of Now Mead Ensemble is a prestigious program for dedicated student artists in grades 7-11 that gives students a fun and engaging environment in which to write, perform and share stories that shape their lives.

The Mead Ensemble trains in the Voices of Now devising process and is also introduced to the work and techniques of other notable companies that devise original theater. The ensemble meets at Arena Stage with master teaching artists to create and perform an original, autobiographical theater piece that is then presented in-part at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival in March, and in full at Arena Stage as part of the Voices of Now Festival in May.

Space is limited. Previous performance experience is not required.


Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting November 9, 2019 and ending May 16, 2020. The performance at Arena Stage will be Saturday, May 16, 2020.


Classes are held in the classroom at the beautiful Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The final showcase is held in the 200-seat Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle.


Students in grades 7-11 are encouraged to register. No audition is required. Students should bring a water bottle, a small snack, clothing and shoes in which they can move freely and comfortably.


Registration for the 2019/20 Mead Ensemble is currently closed.

Watch the 2019 performance