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. Enhance your experience with a hands-on workshop or a Playhouse Tour. 

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


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

Jan. – March 2020
April – Sept. 2020
Thursday, January 30Much Ado About NothingWednesday, April 1Henry IV, Part 1
Thursday, February 6Much Ado About NothingThursday, April 2Much Ado About Nothing
Thursday, February 13Much Ado About NothingTuesday, April 7A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday, February 20Much Ado About NothingWednesday, April 8A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday, March 5Much Ado About NothingThursday, April 9Much Ado About Nothing
Thursday, March 12Much Ado About NothingTuesday, April 14A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Wednesday, March 18Henry IV, Part 2Wednesday, April 15The Grapes of Wrath
Thursday, March 19Much Ado About NothingTuesday, April 21A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Wednesday, March 25Much Ado About NothingWednesday, April 22A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday, March 26Much Ado About NothingTuesday, May 5A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday, May 14A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tuesday, Sept. 8Twelfth Night 
Wednesday, Sept. 9Twelfth Night

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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.


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