California Shakespeare Theater stands in solidarity with our partner schools and educators throughout the United States, and fully support the collective decisions to close school campuses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to support students’ continued learning during this time of campus closures, we would like to offer our library of in depth study guides available to teachers and students everywhere. Please feel free to share these resources widely.
Student Discovery Matinees
Bring your students to the Bruns! Cal Shakes holds special student matinees for select shows in the Fall and Spring—complete with activities before and after the show, as well as resources and study guides for you to prepare them for the performance.
We also offer fun and educational classroom visits by Teaching Artists to help contextualize the play and prepare students to engage more deeply, at a reasonable additional charge.
Student Discovery Matinees are back with Shakespeare’s Romeo y Juliet up first! Live performances—following COVID-19 protocols—will be held on June 3rd & 8th at 11 am!
Performances for Lear will be held on September 23rd, 28th & 30th!
For the first time ever, we are also inviting schools to attend a Community Preview Night – at no cost! Community Preview Nights for Romeo y Juliet are May 25th & 26th at 7:30pm!
If you’re interested in attending with your students please fill out this form and a member of our Artistic Learning team will get back to you.
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"I struggled for years as a teacher in Oakland before I realized that if you’re really honest with students and bring what you love right up to them and put it in their hands, they’ll love it right along with you."
FOR TEACHERS: Prepare for your students’ field trip! Check out our past study guides and explore teaching resources like workshops and in-school residencies before or after the show. Please note that we require 1 chaperone per 10 students.
Student Discovery Matinee Ticketing Policies: All sales are final. California Shakespeare Theater does not offer refunds or exchanges for Student Discovery Matinee tickets. A 25% non-refundable deposit and/or a signed purchase order is required to guarantee your ticket reservation.
California Shakespeare Theater does not issue physical tickets for Student Matinee performances, nor can we accommodate requests for specific seating assignments with the exception of preferred accessible seating being made available for persons with disabilities and/or mobility issues. Please email our Artistic Learning department for more information at email@example.com or our Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Student Discovery Underwriters
This production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.