see specific SMAT information and SMAT dates under the season below
A.C.T.’s SMAT program—one of the oldest such programs in the United States—brings the highest-quality productions to your students, at very affordable prices.
Only at A.C.T. can you experience theatrical storytelling in its most dynamic expression as we bring you large-scale, multidisciplinary interpretations of our culture's greatest classic and contemporary dramatic literature.
From epic dramatic spectacles in our 1,000-seat theater to up-close performances in our more intimate venues, we're committed to bringing you rich, thrilling productions that will engage your students and spark conversation in the classroom. Each teacher receives a complimentary copy of our in-depth study guide, to help you help your students prepare for and reflect on the production they attend. In addition, each SMAT performance is followed by a SMAT Chat, during which the cast interacts with students during a brief Q&A session. To further enhance your students’ theatergoing experience, pre-performance workshops!
"For some of our students, the first professional play they ever see is at a student matinee. The program is a wonderful opportunity and it can be truly magical when our students get to see themselves and their stories reflected on stage. I also appreciate how our students are met with kindness and warmth. These experiences are so important if we want to keep theater alive and serving its purpose, to open up a dialogue, help us see society and ourselves."
—Robert Coverdell, teacher, Downtown High School
About Student Matinees at A.C.T.
- High-quality productions
- Discounted tickets ($15/person)
- Pre-show Educator Guides to give you and your student context, resources, and activities to do after the show is over
- Pre-performance workshops (see more below)
- Post-show chats with members of our cast and artistic team
Get a free workshop from an A.C.T. teaching artist to prepare students for their theatre experience related to the show! We will schedule this based on your school schedule and our teaching artist availability, taking place at your school!*
*Workshops can only take place on your campus if you are within 60 minutes of 30 Grant Ave, San Francisco. Applicable to schools who reserve their SMAT performance a month in advance.
We know how hard teachers and school administrators work—sometimes you may want to enjoy a night at the theater on your own or with a family member or friend. You can order up to two half-price subscriptions per valid educator ID: four-play packages start as low as $12 per play, any day of the week. As an A.C.T. subscriber, you also enjoy a wide variety of perks, including free ticket exchanges, exclusive restaurant discounts, pre- and post-show events (wine tasting!) and discussions, and much more. Order now.
Beginning two hours before curtain, a limited number of discounted tickets are available to seniors (65+), educators, administrators, and full-time students. Valid ID required—limit one ticket per ID. Not valid for Premiere Orchestra seating. All rush tickets are subject to availability.
SMAT In-Person Performances for 2022 Season
Can't make it to a student matinee? Discounted tickets to all regular performances are available for school groups.
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