Mead Ensemble

The Voices of Now Mead Ensemble is a prestigious program for dedicated student-artists in grades 7-12 that gives students an engaging environment in which to write, perform and share stories that shape their lives.

Young artists in the Mead Ensemble train in the Voices of Now devising process and techniques once a week during the school year while exploring the topics that are most pressing and inspirational to the participants. The ensemble meets at Arena Stage with master teaching artists to create and perform an original, autobiographical theater piece to be performed at the Voices of Now Festival at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

Previous performance experience is not required.



Saturdays starting November 5, 2022 until May 21, 2023, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (with extended rehearsals during Spring 2023.)


The 2023 Voices of Now Mead Ensemble meets, rehearses, and performs in-person at Arena Stage.


  • All artists must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before rehearsals begins. A secure link will be sent to registered students to upload their proof of vaccination. A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the last dose of a COVID-19 vaccination series (after the second dose of a two-dose series, or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
  • Young artists in grades 7 - 12 are encouraged to register
  • No audition is required.
  • Registered artists are encouraged to bring a water bottle, a small snack, a face mask, and shoes and clothing in which they can move freely and comfortably.


Tuition for the Voices of Now Mead Ensemble is $1,000*. Click on the link below to register for the 2023 Mead Ensemble.


(*) Need-based financial assistance is available by contacting Community Programs Manager, Mauricio Pita at

Watch the 2022 Mead Ensemble's Original Play Face Value

Directed by Josh Bickford & Rachel Dixon
Multimedia component filmed by Antonio Hernandez, edited by Eric Swiz, animations by Chloe Lanyi-Lari, and sound mastering by Roc Lee.

From Past Seasons

Watch the 2021 Voices of Now film, Waiting Room: A film by Arena Stage's Voices of Now Ensembles
Watch the 2020 Voices of Now film, Inside Voices: A film by Arena Stage's Voices of Now Ensembles
Hear from our Mead Ensemble directors about what you can expect from this season of Voices of Now.