Connect your students to the art of live theatre—and show them the power of stories with a comprehensive theatre education experience that includes a matinee performance of one of our shows, pre- and post-show classroom activities, rich educational materials, and guidance from theatre professionals.

Our Student Matinees (formerly Young Audiences Program) are for teachers of every subject across all grade levels, and provide a unique model for integrating the arts in your class not just for a single performance but throughout the year.

All schools and community organizations serving young people are eligible to apply. We post available productions and important enrollment guidelines before the beginning of the coming school year, and occasionally throughout the year. Sign up for our Education & Community Partnerships mailing list or, if you already have an account, update your communication preferences to find out when our schedule is announced and applications open.

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.

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.

2017/2018 Student Matinee Season

  • 'The Red Shoes' at the Ahmanson Theatre (Grades 9–12)—Sep 26, 2017

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  • 'Bright Star' at the Ahmanson Theatre (Grades 10–12)—Oct 25, 2017

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  • 'Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue' at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (Grades 9–12)—Feb 13, 14 & 15, 2018

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2016/2017 Student Matinee Season

  • 'Zoot Suit' (Grades 9–12)—February 21–23, 2017

    The student matinee application for Zoot Suit is closed.

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  • 'Good Grief' (Grades 9–12)—March 14, 15, 21, 2017

    The student matinee application for Good Grief is closed.

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  • 'Into The Woods' (Grades 6–8)—April 12, 2017

    The student matinee application for Into The Woods is closed.

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  • 'Archduke' (Grades 9–12)—May 9–11, 2017

    The student matinee application for Archduke is closed.

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

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 2016–2017 school year, each application allows for a maximum enrollment of 50 students and up to three 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 participating educators must attend the Educator Conference. Chaperones are 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?

We highly recommend that groups stay for the post-show Q&A with the cast and crew. This 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.