For Educators

Dear Teachers,  

In these unprecedented times, we want you to know we are here to support you and your students. Arts integration and creative learning opportunities are as important now as ever.  

We are offering virtual and digital offerings to engage your students deeply and provide cross-curricular pedagogy that you can access in your classroom or from home. 

We are committed to accessibility and are offering virtual packages at no cost to the school, teacher or students. 

Teachers and Students tour ATC facilities

Student Matinees | David Ira Goldstein Artist-In-Residence Program | Teacher Preview Night


We are proud to partner with Act One in order to allow more students to access the arts in Arizona! All Title One Schools, are eligible to apply for FREE admission and busing through Act One. You may apply here: https://act1az.org/field-trip-request/ 

2021 Virtual Student Matinee Package  

Digital Performance & Discussion Package  

Schools can stream any of the plays in our Digital Play Reading Series at no cost! Visit the show pages for more information on how to stream: https://arizonatheatre.org/show/atcs-digital-season/ and email education@arizonatheatre.org to schedule a post-show discussion for your class to happen virtually!   

Digital Performance and Workshop Package   

Package Info:  

• Streaming access to Somewhere Over the Border date TBA (can be watched in class, or assigned to students to watch at home)  

• Pre-recorded interview with playwright or Director 

• Pre-recorded interview with the actors 

• 50-minute interactive session with artists or staff (option of purchasing additional live sessions) 

• Lesson plan & digital workshop with up to four more activities you can do with your students 

About the Show:  


Inspired by Reina Quijada’s real life journey from El Salvador to the US and by L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, SOMEWHERE OVER THE BORDER embraces the factual and the fantastical in its depiction of one young girl’s pursuit of the American dream. As Reina travels north to the Mexican border, she gathers friends, faces down dangers and holds tight to the memory of the little boy she left behind. Set in the 1970s and propelled by Cumbia, Mexican Mariachi Boleros, American Rock and Hip Hop, this new musical is both fable and family history – and a testament to the determination born of love. 

Workshop Topics and Classroom connections: Immigration and Border politics, exploring politics through art, exploring personal and family narratives through art, Cumbia and Mariachi music, the process of writing and creating a new musical, adapting classic stories with culturally relevant themes or current events and issue 

Connects to AZ Standards in Social Studies, World and Native Languages, Educational Technology, English Language Arts, Music, Theatre Arts, 9th – 12th grade 

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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. The David Ira Goldstein Artist-in-Residence programming is available as a workshop, one week residency, or an immersive ongoing program tailored for your classroom.

Our Residency program is now available ONLINE! Choose between our two residency options designed specifically for online learning, or choose one of our traditional residency experiences modified for your digital classroom.  

We are currently looking for a school in every county of Arizona to engage with our online programming.  

A limited number of Virtual Residencies are offered at no cost to the school, teachers, or students! 

Virtual Residency Packages

Technical Theatre Workshop Package  

• Filmed Backstage Tour of Temple of Music and Art, Scene Shop and Costume Shop 

• Two 50-minute interactive sessions with an ATC Production Staff member 

• Pre-Recorded Careers in Technical Theatre Panel 

Connects to AZ Standards in Technical Theatre, Theatre Arts and Educational Technology 

Producing in the Digital Age
Students take an original idea from page to “stage” bringing their original work to life in an online medium 

• Seven 50-minute interactive sessions over the course of one week, or spread out. 

• 2 worksheets you can use before the classes 

• 2 worksheets for continued study and development of their ideas 

Connects to AZ Standards in English Language Arts, Theatre Arts, Technical Theatre and Education Technology

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.

Standard Artist in Residency Programs – all can be modified to work in an online classroom setting

Storytelling is at the heart of live theatre, but speaking in front of 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.

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.

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!

Want to expose your students to a new aspect of theater or deepen their understanding of a particular discipline? We are happy to offer masterclasses in a range of topics both in theater performance and production.


Teacher Preview Night will return in 2021. If you want to stream any of our digital shows for free click here.


Teacher Preview Night is an amazing opportunity for educators to preview a production before their school group attends the Student Matinee performance. Teacher Preview Nights are scheduled on the first preview for each show, in each city.

Educators who have already booked Student Matinee tickets will be given first priority. Each invitation must be RSVP’d by filling out the associated online form. Remaining tickets will be limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. When tickets have run out, educators can request to be added to a wait list.

Educators must meet the following requirements to receive the Teacher Preview Night invitation:
Currently teaching for an Arizona public, private, charter or homeschool group

On our email list for all education programming
Zero previous “no shows” for the last 2 Teacher Preview Nights

Email us if you would like to be added to the list!