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.

Due to COVID-19 we have not yet determined the plan for Student Matinees in the 20/21 season. Please stay tuned for another update.

Subscribe to our email list for updates (Tucson | Phoenix) or email us at education@arzionatheatre.org with questions. 


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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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!