We had an amazing Summer 2017 camp, and we’re looking forward to 2018!

Let us know if you would like us to conduct a workshop at your teen’s school.

About The Program

OFF CENTER TEENS is Rude Mechs’ theatre summer camp for teens. Named “Best Club for Teen Performers” and “Best evolution of teen empowerment” by The Austin Chronicle’s Readers’ Poll, Off Center Teens is a 2-week, full-day camp where teens collaboratively create an original theatre performance from scratch and perform that work in a public presentation.

Teens who participate in Off Center Teens are given space, materials, skills, and guidance as they work individually and as a group to write 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 directed by Patrick Shaw and Megan Tabaque, along with Rude Mechs Co-Producing Artistic Director Madge Darlington. Each has won awards of merit and critical acclaim for artistic work in the community and have experience teaching acting, performance and writing at all levels. They each hold MFA’s in theatre.

During the first week and a half of the program, teens learn how to speak their stories and find their voices then turn to crafting those stories into dynamic artistic performances. Throughout the program, several workshops are led by guest artist–professionals from the local community who have made careers in the arts. Guest artists have included Terry Galloway, Florinda Bryant, Dr. Omi Jones, sharon bridgforth, Dr. Lisa Moore, Paul Soileau, Aron Taylor, Jenny Arffman, Vincent Tomasino, Liz Doss, Carrie Fountain and Carra Martinez.

About Grrl Action

Off Center Teens evolved from Rude Mechs’ original program, Grrl Action, which 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.

Summer 2014 marked the 15th anniversary of this groundbreaking summer program!!!
Read more about Grrl Action at:


Camp Details
Register Here!
Program Support and Funding