Citi Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater community.


For Young People

Mission Statement
The mission of the Teen Leadership Council is to empower teens to recognize and utilize their potential as artistic leaders and community advocates. Teens have the opportunity to work with children, local organizations and creative professionals to celebrate and strengthen their neighborhoods through the arts.

Program Description
Citi Performing Arts Center’s Teen Leadership Council combines performing arts, community advocacy, teaching, leadership development training, and education program development to create original performances and interactive workshops around social topics that affect their community to share throughout Boston. The 2014-2015 theme is “Defying Stereotypes and Celebrating Our Differences.” Teens will have the opportunity to work with children, local organizations, and creative professionals to celebrate and strengthen their neighborhoods through the arts. Teen Leadership Council members become a paid employee as part of the City Spotlights Leadership Program in the summer, pending successful participation in Teen Council.

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Alumni of Color Conference
  • Master classes with local artists and leaders
  • February and April Vacation arts and leadership training
  • Visits to local hospitals, community centers, and other community organizations
  • Many more!
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE for Fall 2014 is October 15th. You can apply online at, or download the application here.

Once your application has been received, you will be invited to audition and interview for admittance into the Teen Council.
  • Acting: Memorize and perform a 2-minute monologue from a published play, a published poem or an original work you have written
  • Music: Perform 1 minute of a song
  • Dance: Perform 1 minute of a dance, preferably something you choreographed yourself
Message to teens: **DO NOT WORRY if you do not have experience performing. If you love to sing or act or dance and you would like to develop your leadership skills, this is perfect for you!**

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kelly Prestel at or (617) 532-1221!



For Young People,For Schools,For Community Groups

City Spotlights High School Internship Program is an excellent opportunity for energetic and creative students aged 14-19 with an interest in the performing arts and working with the community, theater companies, professional teaching artists, students, teachers and families. This program offers a variety of responsibilities and learning experiences, including joining an ensemble of peers led by a performing arts professional to create an original performance piece; contributing to the creation and implementation of community workshops and performances; communicating with teaching artists, workshop participants, and theater company managers; increasing knowledge of professional job readiness skills and resources; and working cooperatively and collaboratively with members of Citi Performing Arts Center’s education staff on large-scale projects and administrative tasks.

This internship includes acting training, cultivating an ensemble, teaching workshops and participating in classes focused on professional development and job readiness skills. In the spring, interns join a Neighborhood Ensemble to further examine personal stories and the stories of residents from a City Spotlights featured neighborhood and perform with the Ensemble on stage as part of City Spotlights. Participants will also lead Interactive Performance Workshops in and around Boston neighborhoods. Fall and spring session participants receive a small stipend for their work in this program.

There is an interview and application process for this program. To apply for the City Spotlights High School Internship, please contact or call 617-532-1256.




For Young People

Watch the City Spotlights Leadership Program BNN PSA above.

The City Spotlights Leadership Program empowers youth to become leaders in school, at home, and in their communities using their creative voices. Last summer, the City Spotlights Leadership Program featured 30 Teen Leaders from 23 different schools and 7 Boston neighborhoods- most had no formal arts training and little to no arts in their schools. The leadership, community, and career development training that the program provides creates a foundation for Teen Leaders to grow into adults who will champion change, drive innovation, and ensure our community’s long term vitality.

Program Summary

During the City Spotlights Leadership Program, teens develop skills to prepare them for future success through:

Arts and Leadership Training: Teens explore their personal identities as leaders through acting, singing, dance and spoken word with local teaching artists. Teens develop artistic pieces that both educate and inspire action about important social messages that impact their community.

Community Advocacy: Teen create interactive arts workshops to conduct with children in community centers throughout Boston on topics such as bullying prevention and building confidence. Teens deliver a presentation for government officials at the State House advocating for changes such as increased funding for youth arts programs.

Professional Development: Teens practice career skills through mock interviews, weekly networking lunches with guest speaker creative professionals, and resume development workshops

Performance: Teen Leaders take to the streets of Boston with flash mobs and original inspirational songs, performing in parks, on sidewalks, even on the T! City Spotlights culminates in a final performance of their original works in the Grand Lobby of the historic Wang Theatre.

Program At A Glance:

WHEN: 7 Weeks from July – mid-August, Monday-Friday, 25 hours per week
WHERE: Citi Performing Arts Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston
WHO: Boston residents ages 15-19
COMPENSATION: Minimum wage


Previous performing arts experience is not necessary!

Auditions will include dancing, acting, and singing. Be prepared to take risks, collaborate creatively with others, show us your professionalism, and have fun!

If possible, please bring a resume.

If you are eligible to apply for BYF, doing so will greatly increase your chances of acceptance. Please ask your school guidance counselor for details on the Boston Youth Fund.

Auditions will be held on in February and March. Check back here in January for more updates! Additional dates may be added. Additional dates may be added.

Applicants may sign up for an audition by contacting Kelly Prestel at or 617.532.1221.

2014 City Spotlights
By The Numbers
31 City Spotlights Leaders
13+ Guest Speakers/Artists
99 Street Performances
14,125 Audience Members
1,143 Children participated in interactive workshops led by Teen Leaders
19 Community Center, Camp, and Library Interactive Workshop Sites
22 Neighborhoods reached through Street Performances and Community Workshops
220+ Final Showcase Audience Members

Generously Supported by:


Watch a video about City Spotlights Summer Leaders and their performances throughout the city. Watch more videos like this one in our Media Gallery.

Thank you and your organization for letting our daughters participate. As part of the South Boston Neighborhood Ensemble they were exposed to people and experiences that will help them grow as individuals."

Parent of City Spotlights Participants