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.

If you’re interested in attending a student matinee,  please fill out this form and a member of our Artistic Learning team will get back to you. 


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The Best Field Trip

"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."

black odyssey student night

“When I saw black odyssey on my own, I knew right away that I wanted my students to see the show."

FOR TEACHERS: Prepare for your students’ field trip! Contact to get access to one of 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 or our Box Office at for more information.

Download our Educator Visitor’s Guide with information about the Bruns and our Student Matinee Policies.

Student Discovery Underwriters 

National Endowment for the Arts
Arts Midwest

This production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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