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 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.
2022 Update

Welcome back, students! D.C. Ticket Partnership matinees are set to resume in March 2022. All participants must comply with Arena Stage’s Covid-19 safety protocols, including that audience members must be fully vaccinated and masked to enter the building.

Click here to review our policies

2022 Application

Applications for 2022 were due on January 24, 2022.
Schools were notified of their application status on February 4, 2022.

Participants

D.C. public and charter school teachers (grades 7-12, 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
  • Virtual or in-person 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
Contact

Rebecca Campana, School Programs Manager
rcampana@arenastage.org
202-600-4064

Sponsors

The D.C. Ticket Partnership is generously sponsored by logo: National Endowment of the Arts..

Arena Stage’s community engagement efforts are generously sponsored by Denie and Frank Weil; The Estate of Ms. Toni A. Ritzenberg; Hearst Foundations; AT&T; Joanne Barker; Comcast; Catherine and Chris Guttman-McCabe; National Endowment for the Arts; Global Medical REIT; Venable Foundation; Hattie M. Strong Foundation; Robert and Natalie Mandel Family Foundation; Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.; Alice Shaver Foundation; Theatre Forward; Lois & Richard England Family Foundation; Weissberg Foundation; Friends of Southwest D.C.; Wayne and Susan Jonas; Jean Shiro-Zavela and Vance Zavela; Actors’ Equity Foundation; and Youth Activities Task Force (YATF) of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, Inc.

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.
Participants

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.

Cost

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

Contact

Mauricio Pita, Community Programs Manager at mpita@arenastage.org

Sponsors

Arena Stage’s community engagement efforts are generously sponsored by Denie and Frank Weil; The Estate of Ms. Toni A. Ritzenberg; Hearst Foundations; AT&T; Joanne Barker; Comcast; Catherine and Chris Guttman-McCabe; National Endowment for the Arts; Global Medical REIT; Venable Foundation; Hattie M. Strong Foundation; Robert and Natalie Mandel Family Foundation; Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.; Alice Shaver Foundation; Theatre Forward; Lois & Richard England Family Foundation; Weissberg Foundation; Friends of Southwest D.C.; Wayne and Susan Jonas; Jean Shiro-Zavela and Vance Zavela; Actors’ Equity Foundation; and Youth Activities Task Force (YATF) of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, Inc.

Study Guides

To reproduce study guide in part or whole, please contact Rebecca Campana, School Programs Manager, at rcampana@arenastage.org.

2021/22 Season

Toni Stone
Celia and Fidel
August Wilson's Seven Guitars
Change Agent
Catch Me If You Can
Drumfolk
American Prophet 

Study Guides from Past Seasons