For Educators

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.

Teachers and Students tour ATC facilities

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


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.

To reserve tickets to a Student Matinee in Tucson follow this link to our *NEW* online reservation system.

To reserve tickets to a Student Matinee in Phoenix follow this link to our *NEW* online reservation system.

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/

Please email education@arizonatheatre.org with any questions about the booking process or our Student Matinee series.

Read more about the 19/20 season and each of our shows below:


We are excited to offer Student Matinees to all six of our professional productions in each city, this season. Below you will find descriptions of the shows along with key words, and grade recommendations. Our team of Educators are happy to talk to you about creative ways you can tie the show themes into your classroom as well as further information on each shows’s content.

When attending a student matinee you are eligible for a classroom visit or backstage tour! Email us to book either of these educational extras!


September 24, 2019, 10:00 AM
Temple of Music & Art, Tucson

October 15, 2019, 10:00 AM
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

The Royale is not your usual sports play. First of all, it is not really about life in the ring. Second, not a single punch will be thrown, at least not with fists. The play is a deeply theatrical and emotionally moving piece about the life of the outsider in American culture. Set in 1910, deep in the midst of Jim Crow, it explores one man’s struggle while reflecting a much broader one. It is also a play about a brother and his sister – his sister, who as he climbs for glory and respect, remains his greatest adversary and strongest motivation.

Keywords: Family, Boxing, Pushing Boundaries, Racial Struggles, Segregation, Cultural Icons, Early 1900s
Recommended for grades 7-12


November 5, 2019, 10:00 AM
Temple of Music & Art, Tucson

November 26, 2019, 10:00 AM
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

Based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, astonishing discoveries await as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. But this brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. During this time of immense scientific discoveries, women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Silent Sky shines a bright light on women whose achievements have been too long overlooked by the telescope of history. In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love, a passionate young woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place.

Keywords: Astronomy, Women’s Rights Movement, Passion, Stars, Romance, Wonder, History, 1900-1920 
Recommended for grades 1-12


December 17, 2019 10:00 AM
Temple of Music & Art, Tucson

January 21, 2020, 10:00 AM
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

A powerful, musical love story centered on Sally Bowles, a talented cabaret performer at Berlin’s Kit Kat Klub and Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration. Set in 1930’s Berlin during the Nazi’s regime rise to take over the German government, Cabaret is a big award-winning musical critique of apathy, and a clever and terrifying look at totalitarianism.

Keywords:  Nazi Rise to Power, Love, Apathy, Politics, History, Fascism, Entertainment Industry
Recommended for grades 7-12


February 4, 2020, 10:00 AM
Temple of Music & Art, Tucson

February 25, 2020, 10:00 AM
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

“Master Harold”…and the Boys takes place in South Africa during the early years of apartheid. A stunning masterpiece! One of the most powerful coming-of-age plays ever written, still timely, still compelling, and still profoundly moving.

Keywords: Unlikely Friendship, Family, Power, Coming of Age, Race, Art and Culture 
Recommended for grades 7-12


March 24, 2020, 10:00 AM
Temple of Music & Art, Tucson

April 7, 2020, 10:00 AM
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

A big-hearted, FIERCE, music-filled comedy. Casey is a broke Elvis impersonator with a baby on the way. When the owner of the run down bar where he works brings in a drag show to attract more customers, Casey is out of a job. Or is he? Filled with music, humor, and plenty of sequins, this joyful, acclaimed new play is taking the nation by storm.

Keywords: Love, Drag, Entertainment Industry, Family, Passion, Money, Elvis 
Recommended for grades 7-12


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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Questions about our Play Guides?

Contact Us


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.

Rate: $50/Hour – Out of Town Fees May Apply. Please contact the Learning & Education Team for more details.

Tucson: 520-884-8210 ext. 7513
Phoenix: 602-757-6289

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.


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!

The mission of Arizona Theatre Company is to inspire, engage, and entertain –one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. ATC shares the passion of the theatre through a wide array of outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives, and community events. With more than 700 Education & Engagement activities through the schools and summer programs, ATC focuses on teaching Arizona’s youth about the creative power of dramatic literature and how it can enrich their own lives in multiple ways. Your gifts at every level support Arizona Theatre Company’s mission to inspire, engage, and entertain – one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. Donors play a starring role at ATC, providing the funds vital to our productions and education programs. Ticket sales and subscriptions cover about 60% of the budget; the remainder comes from contributions from people like you.