Monday, March 30, 2015

Sign up for Off Center Teens!

Our unique curriculum of performance, collaborative theatre-making, and self-defense training.


Fill out and submit the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM today!

Classes: June 15 - June 28, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
(Early and late pick-up/drop-off available.
Public Performances: Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo St., Austin, TX 78702

Tickets to the Public Performance 
Admission to the performance is FREE. Donations welcome!  Tickets available at the door only and seating is first-come, first-served.


OFF CENTER TEENS is the all-gender inclusive evolution of Grrl Action, Austin’s premier all-girls theatre workshop by Rude Mechs, named "Best Club for Teen Performers" by The Austin Chronicle’s Readers’ Poll. Off Center Teens is a 2-week, full-day summer camp that builds toward a final production collage entirely created and performed by teens. 

Run by Austin's acclaimed theatre company, Rude Mechs, Off Center Teens is a theatre summer camp program in which 13 to 16 year-olds write, create, publish, and perform original works for the stage drawn from their own life experiences. This year, we are thrilled to continue our partnership with Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense. Sun Dragon is a non-profit with a 25-year history of violence prevention education in Austin. Their considerable talents and experience will help Off Center Teens build even more strength, confidence and self-care.

On Saturday June 27th and Sunday 28th at 2:00 p.m., the participants will take the stage and transform their autobiographical writing into powerful and personal public performances at The Off Center, Rude Mechs' performance home in East Austin. 

Off Center Teens is led by former Grrl Action Program Co-Directors Madge Darlington and Jodi Jinks, and enhanced by workshops from professional guest artists with expertise in movement and writing.
Teens who participate in Off Center Teens are given space, materials, skills, and guidance as they work individually and as a group to generate poems, stories, songs, collages, dances, and drawings from their life experiences. They then craft this material into a live performance and a published anthology which is available to the audience, free of charge, before and after the public performances.

Off Center Teens is made possible by generous support from The John F. Kenny Writing Center Fund. Rude Mechs is supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

The mission of Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense is to use karate, self-defense, and violence prevention skills to empower youth and adults to enact positive change in their communities based on principles of compassion, courage, respect, and justice. The Grrl Action self-defense classes will be led by Executive Director Senpei Joy Williamson. More information can be found here: 

Grrl Action began in 2000 as a writing and performance program designed to empower girls between the ages of 13 and 16 to find their public voices while building confidence, interacting with girls from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and creating community. From the program, Grrl Action participants learn to expand their practice beyond the theatre space and into their everyday lives and communities, making them not only better writers and performers, but better citizens, activists, and role models. Engaging them through collectivity and community involvement, Grrl Action inspires young women to widen and transcend their definitions of what it means to be an artist.

General questions and inquiries:
tel: 512/476-7833