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Request Student Matinee Tickets Here

see specific SMAT information and SMAT dates under the season below

A.C.T.’s Student Matinee (SMAT) program—one of the oldest such programs in the United States—brings the highest-quality productions to your students, at very affordable prices.

At A.C.T , you can experience theatrical storytelling that that engages the spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area, activates stories that resonate, promote a diversity of voices and points of view, and empowers theater makers and audiences to celebrate liveness.
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 Educator Guide and an invitation to attend a Teacher Preview and explore our educational materials, at no additional cost. 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, consider booking a pre-performance workshop!


Sept 23, 2022, at 11 a.m. | Toni Rembe Theater
Recommended for grades 3–12

Tickets $15

A Christmas Carol

Dec 1, 2022 at 11 a.m. | Toni Rembe Theater
Dec 9, 2022 at 11 a.m. | Toni Rembe Theater
Dec 14, 2022 at 11 a.m. | Toni Rembe Theater
Recommended for grades 1–12

Tickets: $20

 The Headlands

Feb 17, 2023 at 11 a.m. | Toni Rembe Theater
Recommended for grades 8–12

Tickets: $15


Poor Yella Rednecks

April 28, 2023 at 11 a.m. | Strand Theater
Recommended for grades 6–12

Tickets: $15


"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

Pre-Performance Workshops

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.

Educator Subscriptions

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.

Rush Tickets

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. 

Questions? Contact smat@act-sf.org.