Center Theatre Group is thrilled to have students join us for productions each season at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Whether they are seasoned theatregoers or first-time attendees, we want each student to feel smart, ready, and welcomed when they arrive at the theatre. Each season, we host thousands of students from the greater Los Angeles area for select performances, helping them make meaningful connections between art and their lives. Through our Student Matinee Program, a broad range of young people experience high-quality, live professional theatre as a core part of their basic education.

Each Student Matinee is a comprehensive arts education experience for students and educators that incorporates the following program components before and after your visit to the theatre:

  • A professional, full-length performance of a show at the Ahmanson, Taper, or Douglas, followed by a post-show Q&A discussion with the cast and crew
  • Educational materials to help prepare students to comprehend the world of the play, explore their own creativity, and show them the power of stories
  • Educators participate in a pre-show Educator Conference to explore the play in-depth and discuss important performance day logistics
  • The option of having Center Theatre Group teaching artists visit the classroom before and/or after the show to lead discussions and activities

Participating groups must provide their own transportation to the theatre and pay a $50 enrollment fee, which covers all administrative and educational expenses, including admission to the show for all students and accompanying adults. Don't worry if you don't have all the transportation and budget details finalized before applying; you can figure those out later. All schools and community organizations serving young people are eligible to apply.

If available Student Matinee dates don't work for your class or you are interested in a different Center Theatre Group production, contact Group Sales and get a special educational rate.

If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact us by email or phone at 213.972.8030.

Explore the 2018–2019 Student Matinee Program Season

Connect your students to the art of live theatre—and show them the power of stories—at one of the following Student Matinee performances:

  • 'School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play' at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

    • Performance Dates: Sep 18, 20, and 25, 2018
    • Grades: 9–12 (Sep 18 & 20) | Grades 6–8 (Sep 25)
    • Educator Conference Date: Thursday, Sep 6 (4–8pm)
  • 'Valley of the Heart' at the Mark Taper Forum

    • Performance Dates: Nov 13 and 14, 2018
    • Grades: 9–12
    • Educator Conference Dates: Wednesday, Oct 17 (4–8pm) and Saturday, Oct 20 (10am–2pm)
    • Applications are closed because this production is at capacity.
  • 'Come From Away' at the Ahmanson Theatre

    • Performance Date: Dec 5, 2018
    • Grades: 9–12
    • Educator Conference Dates: Saturday, Nov 3 (10am–2pm) and Wednesday, Nov 7 (4–8pm)
    • Applications are closed because this production is at capacity.
  • 'Cinderella' at the Ahmanson Theatre

    • Performance Date: Feb 13, 2019
    • Grades: 9–12
    • Educator Conference Dates: Wednesday, Jan 9 (4–8pm) and Saturday, Jan 12 (10am–2pm)
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  • 'Lackawanna Blues' at the Mark Taper Forum

    • Performance Dates: Mar 19, 20, 21, and 22, 2019
    • Grades: 9–12
    • Educator Conference Dates: Saturday, Feb 16 (10am–2pm) and Wednesday, Feb 20 (4–8pm)
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  • 'Falsettos' at the Ahmanson Theatre

    • Performance Date: Apr 24, 2019
    • Grades: 11–12
    • Educator Conference Dates: Wednesday, Mar 13 (4–8pm) and Saturday, Mar 16 (10am–2pm)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Expandable element What does a Student Matinee consist of?
  • A professional, full-length performance of a show at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, or Kirk Douglas Theatre, followed by a post-show question-and-answer discussion with the cast and crew
  • Educational materials to help prepare students to comprehend the world of the play, explore their own creativity, and show them the power of stories
  • Educators participate in a pre-show Educator Conference to explore the play in-depth and discuss important performance day logistics
  • The option of having Center Theatre Group teaching artists visit the classroom before and/or after the show to lead discussions and activities
Expandable element Who is eligible to apply and participate?

All schools and community organizations serving young people are eligible to apply. Each production has a recommended grade level.

Expandable element How many students can I bring?

For the 2017–2018 school year, each application allows for a maximum enrollment of 50 students and up to ten chaperones.

Expandable element How and when do I pay?

Each application is subject to a $50 enrollment fee that covers all administrative and educational expenses. This fee must be received on or before the Educator Conference date.

Expandable element Can more than one educator from my school or organization apply?

Yes. Multiple educators from the same school or community organization may apply. Each accepted application is required to pay the $50 enrollment fee.

Expandable element Are all educators and chaperones required to attend the Educator Conference?

All educators are required to attend an Educator Conference before attending a student matinee performance. Additional chaperones are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

Expandable element How many groups are chosen for each Student Matinee, and how many performances are offered per production?

The number of groups and performances varies depending on the production, venue, and applications received. If our schedule does not suit your needs or your group is not chosen, please consider purchasing specially priced Group Sales tickets.

Expandable element What time do Student Matinees start and end?

Performances begin at approximately 10:30–11am; end times and bus departure times vary depending on the length of the show. We'll share specific performance day details when we confirm your participation, and we'll review all this information at the Educator Conference.

Expandable element How do groups get to the theatre?

Many schools take buses or use public transportation. We encourage you to speak with your school administrators regarding grant and funding opportunities for school buses. Center Theatre Group does not provide transportation funding.

Expandable element Is our group required to stay for the post-show question-and-answer session? How long does it last?

The post-show Q&A with the cast and crew is an essential component of the Student Matinee Program and the student experience. 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.

Expandable element Can students bring lunch to the theatre?

Educators may allow students to bring their lunches, but they cannot be taken into the theatre. We suggest eating a snack in line 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.

Expandable element What is your cancellation policy?

To receive a refund on the enrollment fee, cancellation must be received a week prior to the Educator Conference date. This allows us to enroll another group from the wait list with time to prepare students and secure transportation.

Expandable element Can my students who require mobility, vision, and hearing access attend a Student Matinee performance?

Yes. Center Theatre Group will provide services to accommodate students requiring mobility, vision, and hearing access. Performances at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre offer American Sign Language interpretation and 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, schools must contact Center Theatre Group at 213.972.8030 or 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.