For Educators


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


Standard Ticket Pricing for In-Person Student Matinees:

$10.00 students

$20.00 Adults*

*Each school may admit one chaperone per 10 students free of charge.

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/ 

   “My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend” 

Book and Lyrics by Christian Duhamel, Music and Lyrics by Ed Bell, Conceived and Performed by Charissa Bertels
Directed by Sean Daniels

(No in-person student matinee available for this show)

What happens when a 20-something Broadway baby meets a Shakespeare- and Schubert-loving octogenarian? Much to their surprise, a friendship blossoms. A delightful award-winning musical about the magic that happens when we throw aside our fears and cross generational barriers.   

Best Suited for 9th grade through College students

Classroom Subject Connections: Theater, Music, English

Registration info coming soon!

   Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” 

By Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon 
Directed by Sean Daniels

TUC:  Student Matinee – 11/18/21 10:00 AM
PHX:  Student Matinee – 12/16/21 10:00 AM

From the pen of the writer of last season’s hit Silent Sky, and America’s most produced playwright, comes this charming and cleverly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice. It is two years later and the Bennet family gathers at Pemberley to celebrate Christmas together. Miss Bennet is an energetic, witty, and romantic holiday comedy about family, awkward nerd love and personal transformation that will delight and enchant Jane Austen aficionados and newcomers alike.   

Best Suited for 6th grade through College students

Classroom Subject Connections: Theater, English, Social Studies

Registration info coming soon!

   “Nina Simone: Four Women” 

By Christina Ham 
Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene

TUC:  Student Matinee – 3/10/22 10:00 AM
PHX:  Student Matinee – 3/31/22 10:00 AM

(Due to performance rights restrictions this play will not be available for streaming)

A face-to-face musical evening with the fiery genius, activist, and musician that is Nina Simone. Following the 1963 bombing by the Ku Klux Klan at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, she rocked the nation with “Four Women,” her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Infused with traditional hymns along with her own songs and covers, Nina Simone: Four Women imagines a conversation between Simone and three African-American women from various backgrounds and experiences and their fight to overcome second-class status, racism, and the stereotypes that seek to define them.

Best Suited for 9th grade through College students

Classroom Subject Connections: Theater, Music, English, Social Studies, African American Studies

Registration info coming soon!  


Book by Lauren Gunderson
Music by Bree Lowdermilk, Lyrics by Kait Kerrigan  

TUC: Student Matinee – 4/26/22   10:00AM
PHX:  Student Matinee – 5/12/22  10:00 AM

It is 1993, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg has just joined the United States Supreme Court; the first and only other woman there, Sandra Day O’Connor, is ready to welcome her and get to work. In an intimate, epic three-person new musical built of sweeping songs, urgent conversations about equality, and truly human heroines, we come to know these two iconic justices at the height of their power. 

Best Suited for 8th grade through College students

Classroom Subject Connections: Theater, Music, English, Social Studies, Arizona Civics

Registration info coming soon!  

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Teacher Preview Night will return in October 2021!!!

Teacher Preview Night is an 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 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 served 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

You can sign up for our Educator Email List to receive regular updates: Tucson | Phoenix


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 Artist in Residency Program is taking a brief hiatus while we restructure. More information coming soon.

Past Artist in Residence Workshops

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.

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.