Teen Ambassadors

The Z’s Teen Ambassador Program facilitates learning in the arts through exposure, collaboration, creativity and engagement in the arts. The program provides unique artistic opportunities as well as work readiness training for those interested in pursuing a career in the arts, or an arts related field.

The Teen Ambassador program is a free program that consists of 10-15 high school students that demonstrate an interest in the performing arts, community engagement and have an aptitude for writing. Through the Teen Ambassador Program, students are able to:

  • Participate in master classes and workshops
  • Attend world-class performances by an array of artists in genres they otherwise may have not been exposed to
  • Contribute to the local youth community by authoring reviews of performances through social media as well as participating in local arts events
  • Gain exposure to behind-the-scenes operations at a nonprofit arts organization by working closely with the organization
  • Accumulate community service hours
  • Collaborate with peers also interested in the arts


Applicants must:

  • Be a high school student
  • Have access to a computer and at least 1 social media outlet (in order to author reviews)
  • Be able to attend regular pre-show meetings, 3 workshops, 6 Mainstage shows per year (for which tickets will be provided by The Zeiterion) and accumulate at least 15 volunteer hours at The Z.
  • Be able to produce a review of each performance attended
  • Obtain Parental Permission
  • Complete and Submit an application by September 30th

Applications must be received by September 30th and can be sent by mail or email. Applicants will be notified no later than October 7th. A mandatory meeting for applicants and parents/guardians will take place on Thursday, October 13th at 6 pm.

2016-2017 Schedule

More opportunities being added!  Schedule subject to change.

  • Thursday, OCT 13th 6 pm Parent Meeting
  • October 19th-Capital Steps
    • Meeting Start: 6 pm
  • November 4th-TEDx New Bedford
    • 1 pm to 8 pm
  • December 10th-A Christmas Carol
    • Meeting Start: 12:30 pm
  • February 2nd-The Moth Mainstage
    • Meeting Start: 6 pm
  • March 2nd-The Giver
    • Meeting Start: 6 pm
  • March 30th-Che Malambo
    • Meeting Start: 6 pm

Email to:

Mail to:
Teen Ambassador Program
Zeiterion Theatre
684 Purchase Street
New Bedford, Ma 02740

Throughout the months of October to May, students are invited to six different performances from internationally renowned artists, free of charge. Performances take place at night or on the weekends.

Ambassadors meet one hour prior to each of the performances to discuss concepts and themes, take part in ancillary activities and to prepare themselves with the knowledge needed to provide a comprehensive arts experience.

Participants are asked to author an online review for each of the performances they attend. The reviews take place in the form on blogs, video diaries, Facebook posts and more. Students with a strong interest in writing about the arts are encouraged to apply.

Ambassadors will complete a total of at least 15 volunteer hours at The Zeiterion throughout the course of the program.

The Z offers a number of workshops that incorporate a variety of performing arts related skills and topics. Workshops take place after-school or on the weekend. Teen Ambassadors participate in these workshops at no cost.

Attendance is mandatory at all meetings, shows, workshops and events. Students are permitted two excused absences throughout the year with written documentation from a parent or guardian. Further absence may be cause for dismissal from the program.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.