Center Theatre Group partners with local educators to host students from the greater Los Angeles area for select performances at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Our goal is to collaborate with classroom teachers to provide young people access to high-quality, live professional theatre as a core part of their basic education and to help them make meaningful connections between art and their lives.
Participating educators are expected to attend a conference and utilize educational materials to help students comprehend the world of the play, explore their own creativity, and show them the power of stories. Because space is limited, schools must apply for consideration.
Participating groups must provide their own transportation to the theatre.
All schools (including charter schools, private schools, home school networks) and community organizations serving young people are eligible to apply. Schools in Los Angeles County in under-resourced communities will receive priority for enrollment.
2021/2022 Student Matinee Program Season
Blues for an Alabama Sky
For grades 8-12
Performances: April 20 and 27, 2022 at 10:45AM at the Mark Taper Forum
Educator Conference: Thursday, April 7 from 4-8PM
Applications close March 3, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions? Please review our FAQ’s below. For further questions, please contact us by email at StudentMatinees@CTGLA.org.
Center Theatre Group’s Student Matinee Program is an award-winning, theatre-going experience for young people that inspires and nurtures their curiosity, scholarship, artistry and personal creativity.
No. There is no fee to participate in the program. However, educators are required to attend the Educator Conference and all groups must secure their own transportation to the theatre. We encourage you to speak with your school administrator or organization leader regarding grant and funding opportunities for buses. If you are near a Metro stop, you may also consider using public transportation.
No. Participating groups are responsible for providing their own transportation.
For the 2021–2022 school year, each application allows for a maximum enrollment of 50 students and up to five adult chaperones. Numbers can be updated based on availability.
Yes. Multiple educators from the same school or community organization may apply.
Yes. All educators are required to attend an Educator Conference before attending a student matinee performance. Additional educators and adult chaperones are also welcome.
The number of groups varies depending on the performance venue and the number of participants proposed per group. The number of performances vary per production.
A pre-show welcome takes place 30 minutes before the listed performance times for each show. Specific performance day details including the length of the show are shared as part of your confirmation information and reviewed at the Educator Conference.
Yes. The post-show Q&A with the cast and crew is an essential component of the program. It is a great opportunity for your students to ask questions, and it’s one of the highlights of program participation. The Q&A begins immediately after the performance and lasts 30 minutes.
Yes. Educators may allow students to bring their lunches, but they cannot be taken into the theatre. We suggest eating a snack prior to entering the theatre and then having lunch after the performance. Please note that backpacks are not permitted in the theatre, and we do not have the capability to check bags.
Yes. Center Theatre Group will provide American Sign Language interpretation and/or Audio Description to accommodate students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and/or have low vision. Accommodations can also be made for persons in wheelchairs or persons with disabilities and their attendants or companions. To reserve one or more of the services listed above for a student matinee performance, groups must contact Center Theatre Group at StudentMatinees@CTGLA.org when applying for a performance or 60 days before their scheduled visit. Outside services providers cannot be used at a Center Theatre Group venue.
We require all guests to wear a mask and provide proof of full vaccination upon arrival. Children under 12 and those who are unvaccinated due to a medical or deeply held religious reason must provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to attending a performance. Learn more about our Health & Safety Policy.
First, thank you! We aren’t able to make Student Matinee performances possible without the inspiring support of our donors. Please join us. Or give us a call—we’d love to hear from you and learn more about how we can support you in paying it forward. Please contact us at 213.972.7564.
The Student Matinee Program is made possible in part by the Rosenthal Family Foundation.
The Student Matinee Program also receives generous support from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Betsy & Harold Applebaum, Diana Buckhantz & Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation, Cindy & Gary Frischling, The Norman and Sadie Lee Foundation, Renee & Meyer Luskin, Deena & Edward Nahmias, Laura & James Rosenwald & Orinoco Foundation, Union Bank, The Walt Disney Company Foundation, and Paramount Pictures.
Each production is explored with teachers at a pre-performance conference, using informative Educator Resources and thought-provoking student Discovery Guides to introduce the world of the play. Visit show pages if you are looking for resources related to a specific past or upcoming production, or browse our archive in alphabetical order by show title.Browse Archive
We require all guests to wear a mask and provide proof of full vaccination, along with a government or education issued photo ID upon arrival. Per the guidelines set by the CDC, full vaccination means that at least 14 days have passed since receiving the final dose of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine. Booster shots are highly recommended and will be required February 1 for anyone who is eligible. Unvaccinated guests, including children or those with a medical or religious reason, must provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours prior to attending an indoor performance, or a negative rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending an indoor performance.Learn More
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