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.

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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 respect for 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 integrate the arts into their required curriculum with the support of Arena Stage.

D.C. public and charter school teachers (grades 7-12, all content areas) apply in the fall to bring their classes to up to two Arena Stage matinees during the academic year.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018/19 season. Apply here

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 schools each season via an application process. Partner teachers and students receive:

  • $4 tickets; up to 30 tickets
  • 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


2018-2019 DCTP Application
No principal's signature is required on the initial application. Return your completed application to
Application Deadline: September 10, 2018
Partners Notified: September 12, 2018
Mandatory Orientation: September 19, 2018 


The D.C. Ticket Partnership is generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by Rockwell Collins and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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.


Matt Reckeweg, Community Programs Coordinator at

Study Guides

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

2017/18 Season

Native Gardens
The Pajama Game
Nina Simone: Four Women
The Great Society
Two Trains Running
Snow Child

2016/17 Season

The Little Foxes
Moby Dick
Watch on the Rhine
A Raisin in the Sun
Smart People

2015/16 Season

Destiny of Desire
The Women's Voices Theater Festival
Akeelah and the Bee
The City of Conversation
All the Way

2014/15 Season

The Shoplifters
Our War
Fiddler on The Roof
Five Guys Named Moe
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

2013/14 Season

The Velocity of Autumn
Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
The Tallest Tree in the Forest
Mother Courage and Her Children
Camp David
Smokey Joe's Café

2012/13 Season

One Night with Janis Joplin
My Fair Lady
Pullman Porter Blues
Good People
The Mountaintop
Other Desert Cities

2011/12 Season

Trouble in Mind
You, Nero
The Eugene O'Neill Festival
The Music Man

2010/11 Season

Let Me Down Easy
The Arabian Nights
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
A Time to Kill

2009/10 Season

The Quality of Life
The Fantasticks
Stick Fly
The Light in the Piazza
Sophisticated Ladies

2008/09 Season

Next to Normal
Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano
A Delicate Balance
Legacy of Light

2007/08 Season

33 Variations 
The Women of Brewster Place
Christmas Carol 1941 
The Arthur Miller Festival: Death of a Salesman and A View From the Bridge
The Arthur Miller Festival Insert