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"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

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, consider adding pre- and/or postshow ACTsmart workshops.

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 (available on request—additional fees may apply)
  • Post-show chats with members of our cast and artistic team

SMAT In-Person Performances for 2022 Season

Freestyle Love Supreme

Jan 28, 2022, at 11 a.m. | Geary Theater
Recommended for grades 6–12

As a gift to welcome you back to the Geary Theater, we're offering all tickets to this student matinee for FREE! 

Fefu and Her Friends

Apr 15, 2022, at 11 a.m. | Strand Theater
Recommended for grades 9–12

Tickets: $15

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.