School Programs

Engaging the Next Generation

Arts Experiences. Arts Integration. Arts Training. 

Our school programs invite young audiences to the theater and bring theater tools into the classroom. Whether through an interactive workshop to open the world of stories with preschoolers or a post-show visit with one of our actors at a D.C. public school, we believe in the transformative power of theater.


  • D.C. Ticket Partnership

    Arena Stage welcomes teachers in D.C. public and charter schools to the theater for a complete performance experience, including subsidized tickets, in-class workshops and study guide materials.

    The 2023 - 2024 Application is now available.

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  • Moving Stories

    Moving Stories is a vibrant and interactive experience that brings stories to life in your classroom. Using song, movement, sign language and storytelling, Moving Stories explores a beloved children’s book through creative drama and promotes literacy skills.

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  • Study Guides

    A Student Study Guide provides context and activities to prepare students to attend Arena Stage productions.

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D.C. Ticket Partnership

Through the D.C. Ticket Partnership
  • Students are exposed to professional theater of the highest quality in their community, developing and deepening a connection to and love of the arts.
  • Students engage with Arena Stage teaching artists and one another to think critically about theater and connect it to their lives.
  • Teachers can integrate the arts into their required curriculum with the support of Arena Stage.


2023-2024 Application

Applications for 2023-2024 are due on Friday, September 22, 2023.
Schools are notified of their application status by Friday, September 29, 2023.


D.C. public and charter school teachers (grades 6-12, all content areas) apply to bring their classes to up to two Arena Stage matinees during the academic year.

Schools that do not qualify for the D.C. Ticket Partnership can purchase tickets through Group Sales.

Program Format

Open to a limited number of D.C. public and public charter schools each season via an application process. Partner teachers and students receive:

  • $4 tickets; up to 30 tickets including chaperones
  • Preview tickets for the teacher or principal
  • Arena's Page: A Student Study Guide for each student
  • A pre-show and post-show workshop with Arena Stage teaching artists
  • Curriculum Connections, a teacher resource suggesting discussion topics and activities that connect each play to Common Core standards

Rebecca Campana, School Programs Manager



The D.C. Ticket Partnership is generously sponsored by . 

Moving Stories 

Moving Stories
  • Promotes early literacy skills, such as increased vocabulary and reading comprehension while forming personal connections to stories.
  • Augments existing language-based curriculum.
  • Introduces effective techniques for self-control of body and voice.
  • Encourages imagination, problem solving and teamwork.
  • Provides innovative, theater-inspired classroom management techniques and vocabulary.

Moving Stories is for Pre-K3 through first grade classes or community groups throughout the D.C. Metro area.

Program Format

Each Moving Stories residency consists of three lessons/classroom visits centered on one book. Book list available upon request.


Moving Stories is priced on a need-based sliding scale. Please contact us for further information.


Mauricio Pita, Community Programs Manager at

Study Guides

To reproduce study guide in part or whole, please contact Rebecca Campana, School Programs Manager, at

2023/24 Season

Swept Away

Tempestuous Elements

Unknown Soldier

The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence



Study Guides from Past Seasons


Arena Stage’s community engagement efforts are generously sponsored by Denie and Frank Weil; The Estate of Ms. Toni A. Ritzenberg; Joanne Barker; The Robert and Natalie Mandel Family Foundation; Boeing; Exelon; AT&T; Comcast; The National Endowment for the Arts; Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.; Alice Shaver Foundation; Venable Foundation; Friends of Southwest D.C.; GEICO; Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation; Hattie M. Strong Foundation; The Lois & Richard England Family Foundation; Enterprise Holdings Foundation; and Actors’ Equity Foundation.