Education Programs

"We use theatre as a catalyst to inspire creativity." - ATC Learning & Education Department




The live theatre experience is at the heart of everything we do in Learning & Education. We strive to make that experience accessible to students of all ages and abilities, whether that means subsidizing student tickets or providing contextualized lesson plans for the classroom.


Student Matinees allow us to share the live theatre experience at low or no cost to young people throughout Arizona. Each Student Matinee performance is followed by a post-show discussion with members of the cast and ATC staff, and informative Play Guides are available for teachers to enhance their students’ understanding of each play. Classroom visits and backstage tours are other possible extras to complete the Student Matinee experience.

2017/2018 SEASON

Chapter Two
Tucson: 09/26/17
Phoenix: 10/17/17

An ideal opportunity for students to experience the process of witnessing a production directly based on the playwright’s real life. Chapter Two challenges students to write from their own life experiences as a form of self expression, coping, and storytelling. Curriculum ideas include devising projects based on the student’s experiences at home, school, and with characters within their own lives.

Key words: devising, storytelling, writers, relationships, loss, healing, friendship

The River Bride
Tucson: 11/07/17
Phoenix: 11/28/17

Folklore offers students the chance to immerse themselves in the world of how legends are formed and the impact they have on our lives. The River Bride invites students to look into their own heritage and explore how their own culture’s legends explain the unknown. Curriculum ideas include creating original stories and contemporary folktales and analyzing how different societies have explained some of life’s mysteries.

Key words: folklore, myth, legends, heritage, history, Latin America, teen relationships, family bonds

Man of La Mancha
Tucson: 12/14/17, 12/19/17
Phoenix: 01/10/18

Students will fall in love with this exciting and hilarious musical, all while examining one of literature’s classic works: Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes. Often described as “the infinite novel,” Cervantes’ standard creates a play within a play. It is regarded as the first modern novel and the book about books, weaving in inventive narrative devices while exploring tradtional / historical folklore and ideas. ATC’s production will offer a unique spin on the style, themes, and design surrounding the play with a focus on Spanish culture through flamenco performance! Curriculum ideas include exploring Cervantes’ novel to compare and contrast with modern short stories, novellas, soap operas, or TV dramas.

Key words: musical, storytelling, literature, Don Quixote, idealism, love, adventure, flamenco, folklore, history, Spain

Outside Mullingar
Tucson: 02/06/18
Phoenix: 02/27/18

Full of poetic prose and dark humor, Outside Mullingar examines a unique take on the traditional love story. Students will tour different traditions, languages, and culture, all while self-examining their own familial beliefs. John Patrick Shanley’s modern fable observes community, family feuds, relationships, and unrequited love. It will inspire courage, determination, and accepting happiness right where you are. Curriculum ideas include learning about Irish traditions, poetry, and prose, and then writing short stories about your own family using similar meter.

Key words: patience, poetic prose, communication, traditions, family, faith, dreams, acceptance, Ireland, farming, love

Low Down Dirty Blues
Tucson: 03/27/18
Phoenix: 04/10/18

Low Down Dirty Blues is a musical history lesson spanning the 1920s to the 1960s! This show asks students to look at the power of music as it brings joy, expresses grief, consoles broken hearts, and makes people want to get up and dance. This show does contain some adult themes and language. Curriculum ideas include studying the history of blues in America and its influence in today’s music, and asking students to create a playlist of their favorite songs and to come up with a storyline that fits those songs.

Keyword: music, blues, history, Chicago, dance, relationships, musical theatre

The Diary of Anne Frank
Tucson: 04/25/18, 05/8/18
Phoenix: 05/22/18

Students have the opportunity to apply Annes wisdom to their own lives while reflecting on both history and the world around them. Curriculum ideas include writing diary entries from the perspective of other people in history, or from their own experiences.

Key words: World War II, Holocaust, Judaism, history, family, heroism, prejudice

Registration Form: Tucson / Temple of Music and Art
To schedule a student matinee field trip, please contact Jasmine Roth, Education Associate,

Registration Form: Phoenix / Herberger Theater Center
To schedule a student matinee field trip, please contact Holly Garner at

Student tickets to any regularly scheduled ATC performance are just $10 each! Call the Box Office for more information or to reserve your seats today:

Tucson: 520-884-8210 x7513
Phoenix: 602-757-6289


Led by a member of ATC staff, post-show discussions are lively conversations between actors and audience about the play and its performance. Post-show discussions are offered after select regular performances and all Student Matinees.


These guides are created for each of our plays and are available as a free resource on our website. Play Guides cover topics relating to the play, contextual information about the period in which the play is set, and the process the play went through to reach production. For plays featured in our Student Matinee Series, Play Guides will include theatre and language arts-related lesson plans as well as discussion questions for the classroom.

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Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program in performance and technical theatre that culminates in two fully realized productions performed on the main stage at the Temple of Music and Art. Arizona Theatre Company staff and professional teaching artists selected by ATC lead students through immersive training that contributes to an experience that prepares young people for a creative and engaged life in the arts or in any field! Click here for more information.

Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2018

POLAROID STORIES – Performances July 26 (7:00 p.m.), July 28 (8:00 p.m.)
By Naomi Iizuka

A visceral blend of mythological stories told through the eyes of American street youth.

AMERICAN IDIOT – Performances July 27 (7:00 p.m.), July 28 (1:00 p.m.)
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer
Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong

The rock opera based on Green Day’s concept album explores the struggles of American teens finding their way in a post-9/11 world.

Registration is coming soon!

Photo Galleries

The following production photos are courtesy of Katie Christensen.

2017 Photo Gallery

The following professional production photos are courtesy of Saguaro Shadows Photography.

2016 Photo Gallery
2015 Photo Gallery

2014 Photo Gallery
2013 Photo Gallery


Take a look at what Summer on Stage is all about!

Video courtesy of Second Nature Productions, LLC.


Using theatre as a catalyst to inspire creativity, our Learning & Education staff and expert teaching artists travel to classrooms all over Arizona to help students unleash their own inner storyteller. Theatre On The Go programs are available as workshops, one week residencies, or immersive ongoing programs tailored for your classroom.


Let ATC immerse your students in the world and language of Shakespeare by approaching his works as actors do! MyShakespeare invites students to get away from their desks to actively explore the modern themes and discover personal connections in Shakespeare’s classic plays.

“My students learned Shakespeare in an exciting, hands-on and creative way that left them wanting more.” – Teacher at New School for the Arts & Academics, Phoenix

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Storytelling is at the heart of live theatre, but speaking in front of a group can be daunting. By embracing the joy and playfulness of storytelling through improvisation and collaborative theatre activities, ATC’s MyStory program unlocks the energy and potential of each participant as they work with our teaching artists to create original performances inspired by their own unique stories.

“ATC’s workshop challenged our students to take ownership of their education, helped them overcome their fears and reservations, and demonstrated their true potential.” – Teacher at Summit High School, Flagstaff

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Bring out your inner performing artist by exploring stories and tales from around the globe. This interactive program uses puppetry, music, and imagery to navigate theatre – play while building confidence and teamwork. Imagination comes to life as students begin to weave their own tales!

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Developed in partnership with the Tucson Museum of Art and Phoenix Art Museum, PictureTHIS combines visual art and literacy with theatrical storytelling. Student participants create original pieces of performance inspired by works of art curated by museum and ATC staff.

“I had a blast making a piece of theatre that I was proud of.” – Katy Travers, PictureTHIS participant

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ATC Teen is a student-driven program where teen members ages 13-18 can initiate and create their own projects with support and mentorship from ATC staff. Whether you want to write a play, put on a show, or take a class, ATC Teen is the right place for you. Members also get special invitations to teen events, free workshops, performances, and more! To find out how you can get involved with ATC Teen in Tucson or Phoenix, contact:

Tucson Education Associate:
Jasmine Roth (

Phoenix Education Associate:
Holly Garner (



Masterclass Series

We will be offering a monthly master class on a variety of topics throughout the spring semester. More details to come!

Contact Holly Garner ( with questions.


Workshop Wednesdays (Tucson)
1st Wednesday of each month (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Join us for free workshops on a different topic every month, led by a different guest teacher! Workshop Wednesdays will be held February – June.

Improv Troupe (Tucson)
Every Saturday (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Led by ATC Teen Leader Rafi, come and have fun playing improv games together!

Calling All Playwrights (Tucson)
2nd Saturday of each month (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Come write with us! Each week, we will do different writing prompts together and then give each other feedback on our individual playwriting projects. No experience necessary.

ATC Teen Ushers (Tucson)
1st preview performance of each show

Led by ATC Teen Leader Maeve, our student ushers volunteer at the first preview night of each show in our mainstage season! The next one is March 10 at 7:30 p.m. for Low Down Dirty Blues.


Interested in becoming a teaching artist through ATC? Join the apprenticeship program for resources, training, and employment opportunities.

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Applications for ATC’s 2018/2019 Professional Internship Program are now available!

Internship Dates:
August 2018 through May 2019. Specific start and end dates are negotiable.

Arizona Theatre Company supports the ongoing learning of professional interns every season. Each internship is unique and created with the specific individual in mind. Our internships are built around our interns’ personal passions, abilities, and educational goals. We provide a solid and inclusive professional experience within our company that serves as a springboard to their future career.

Specific skill demands vary by department, but basic requirements for any ATC internship include computer literacy, a sense of humor, passion, and curiosity.

Internships vary depending on the individual applicant and their area of interest. However, all internships at Arizona Theatre Company include:

  • Shadowing of theatre professionals, creating contacts that could lead to opportunities following the intern year;
  • Creative development with ongoing evaluation and skills-based learning;
  • Production experience: Interns are involved in all ATC productions;
  • Cross-departmental work within the company to aid understanding of how a non-profit arts organization works as a whole;
  • Space to tailor the internship to individual needs and interests;
  • Complimentary tickets to all ATC productions;
  • A supportive and welcoming environment in which to grow.

Internships are based on a 40-hour work week with the exception of technical rehearsals, and the intern receives a weekly stipend of $150 to assist with living expenses. Housing is not provided. Non-paid school credit internships are also available throughout the season.

Types of Internships

Stage and Production Management
The stage and production management intern will assist the Production Manager and Associate Production Manager with day-to-day logistical planning, communicating with technical and artistic staff, and assisting with administrative duties, such as expense coding and production meeting minutes. You will also have opportunities throughout the season to work closely with Equity stage managers in rehearsal and performance, with the option to work as part of the technical run crew for our mainstage shows. Roles can vary from season to season, but all offer unique learning and participation experiences. Applicants for these positions should have some prior experience in stage or production management. This internship is offered as a full-time (9 months) or part-time (4 to 5 months) position.

Technical Theatre
Technical theatre internships are available in the following areas: Costumes, Props, Electrics/Lighting, Sound, Technical Direction, Scenic Construction, and Scenic Painting. Intern placement and training is based on each candidate’s current knowledge and their desire to learn. Interns will gain skills in their desired area through hands-on experience and mentorship from their on-site supervisor. Applicants for these positions should have some prior experience in their field. These internships are offered as full-time (9 months) or part-time (4 to 5 months) positions.

How To Apply:

Complete our application form and return it to us along with a cover letter, two letters of recommendation, and a current resume.

Email your completed application, resume, cover letter, and 2 professional references to Christopher Gerling, Associate Production Manager, at

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Chris Gerling, Associate Production Manager

Download Internship Description | Download Internship Application



Theatre Communications Group’s Veterans and Theatre Institute (VTI), in collaboration with Arizona Theatre Company, invites veterans and active military personnel in our communities to create and explore theatre together. Our Veterans Playwriting Project asks students to reflect on their personal stories, experiences, and beliefs while expanding their creative and imaginative potential as playwrights.

Open at no cost to all veterans and active military personnel, ages 18 years and older.


  • Dates & Times: Thursday evenings (6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.), February 8 – April 26, 2018
  • Location: Temple of Music and Art
  • Instructors: Jasmine Roth, Education Associate (Arizona Theatre Company); and Alfred Griffin, Playwright, Teacher, and Founder (Amazing Wretches)
  • Master Playwright Mentor: Elaine Romero, Playwright-in-Residence (Arizona Theatre Company) and Assistant Professor, School of Theatre, Film and Television (The University of Arizona)

Contact Jasmine Roth ( for more information!


  • Dates & Times: Wednesday evenings (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.), February 7 – June 6, 2018
  • Location: Mesa Arts Center, Contemporary Arts Building, MCA Classroom & Dobson Lecture Hall
  • Instructor: Holly Garner, Education Associate (Arizona Theatre Company)
  • Master Playwright Mentor: Dwayne Hartford, Artistic Director (Childsplay)

Contact Holly Garner ( for more information!



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