Give your students a trip abroad – no passport required.

join the American Shakespeare Center for an interactive, personalized dive into Shakespeare.

Our student matinee series is one of the best ways to bring Shakespeare to life for your students. Whether it’s a first-time visit to a performing art venue for your students to experience the live arts, or an opportunity to bring the page to life as a supplement to your curriculum, the student matinee series has something for every class. Let our actors bring light to the world of Shakespeare and many other titles that align with your lesson plans in a way that will illuminate the lessons of humanity and leave the next generation with a deep appreciation for the beauty of these timeless works.

Your experience begins with a performance in the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse.  With a Student Matinee booking, you’ll receive a free study guide to supplement your lesson plans and unleash the wonder of Shakespeare in the classroom before and after the show.

By putting words into action, our comprehensive approach sends students back to the classroom with a fresh look and appreciation for curriculum titles (and more).

Your customizable visit starts at just $20 per student.

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Current Offerings



Julius Caesar | A Christmas Carol


Much Ado About Nothing | Henry IV, Part 2 | Henry IV, Part 1 | A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Grapes of Wrath | Twelfth Night | Othello or Merchant of Venice

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In addition to world-class performances, we offer behind-the-scenes tours of the playhouse, as well as hands-on workshops on topics intended to cure your students’ ShakesFear.  Add one or more of these options to your visit to create a learning adventure for your class unlike any other.


Through our generous grant from NEA, Shakespeare in American Communities, we are happy to extend financial assistance for schools meeting the criteria for subsidy funding. If your school may be eligible, please take a moment to submit an application for review.

Introducing: Homeschool Days

Two times each year, we offer specially priced student matinee performance dates exclusively available to homeschool families and co-ops.  This full day experience at the Blackfriars Playhouse includes a performance and actor talkback, lunch at the Stonewall Jackson, and a suite of workshops with our award-winning education team.

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