Hello, Educators!

A.C.T.’s Student Matinee (SMAT) Program introduces the joy of theatrical storytelling to student audiences from all over the Bay Area and beyond.

Each SMAT experience includes:

  • The highest-quality productions
  • Words on Plays - an in-depth study guide for each performance
  • A post-performance talk with members of the cast
  • Unique ACTsmart workshops customized for your students and brought to your classroom (free for ACTsmart partners; reasonably priced for other schools)


SMAT Ticket prices:

  • $10 MFA productions/ $15 mainstage productions/ $20 for A Christmas Carol
  • One complimentary ticket for every 10 purchased
  • Complimentary tickets and – new this year – transportation subsidies also available for our ACTsmart partners and other schools based on availability and need—see order form for details.

SMAT Order Form



Getting Here

Directions to A.C.T.’s Geary
and Strand Theaters



Call 415.439.2306  


A.C.T. Mainstage Student Matinee Schedule


Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Wakey, Wakey

by Will Eno
Directed by Anne Kauffman
Starring two-time Emmy Award winner Tony Hale

A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
Grades 8–12 (Contains haze, theatrical smoke, loud noises, and bright lights)

Everyone’s listening. You only have a few minutes. What would you say? In the tradition of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and starring two-time Emmy Award winner Tony Hale (Veep and Arrested Development), Wakey, Wakey is a remarkable combination of the everyday and the extraordinary that invites you to share the pleasure, humor, and beautiful mystery of life.


Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Toni Stone

by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Choreographed by Camille A. Brown
A coproduction with Arena Stage

A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
Grades 9–12 (contains haze, strong language, and mature language and themes, including racially and sexually charged language and content – additional information available upon request)

Students meet a real-life ballplayer and barrier-breaker, and discover how our country’s history of racism permeated America’s favorite pastime and what it took for one woman to succeed in a field stacked against her.


Master of Fine Arts Program Performances


Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Ti Jean and his Brothers

by Derek Walcott
Directed by Dawn Monique Williams

A.C.T.'s Strand Theater
Grades 6–12 (contains strong language and mature themes—additional information available upon request)

Never try to beat the devil at his own game. In this poetic fable from Nobel Prize–winning Caribbean playwright Derek Walcott, three brothers attempt to vex the devil—strong Gros Jean, scholarly Mi Jean, and youthful Ti Jean. Only one can triumph over injustice and free the world from evil. Drawing upon myths, magic, and mask work, Ti Jean and His Brothers is a powerful exploration of the legacy of enslavement and colonialism.


Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11 a.m.


by Christopher Chen

The Rueff at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater
Grades 9–12 (contains strong language and mature themes—additional information available upon request)

When it comes to patriotism, neutrality isn’t an option. You’re either for Country X or Country Y. Pick a side. Journey into the heart of the xenophobic rhetoric and immigration debate that dominates our newsfeeds. Obie Award–winning local playwright Christopher Chen explores biases, blurred lines, and bigotry—issues affecting communities right here in the Bay Area and across the world—and asks if real relationships can exist in such an imbalanced environment.


Friday, May 8, 2020

Rough Magic

by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Morgan Green

The Rueff at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater
Grades 9–12 (contains strong language and mature themes)

Desperate to stop his father Prospero’s evil plan, Caliban travels to Manhattan in search of the raven-haired hero described in the book of destiny. He finds dramaturg Melanie Porter, who has the superpower to summon any literary character she wants. But does Melanie have what it takes to defeat the world’s most powerful wizard? It’s Shakespeare’s The Tempest-meets Marvel with a dash of Harry Potter in this action-packed adventure by playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Big Love, Riverdale, and Marvel comics).


March 9–20, 2020

Will on Wheels Shakespeare Tour

Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

Families can ruin relationships. Just ask star-crossed lovers Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. Can their relationship survive daggers, duels, and delayed messages? Experience the classic, tragic love story that has captivated audiences and artists for centuries.

Pricing and booking information available upon request. Email education@act-sf.org.


Student Matinee Basic Information

  • Following each performance there will be a brief, lively conversation between the cast and students (attendance is optional).
  • A.C.T. provides one complimentary ticket for every 10 purchased tickets.
  • Teachers receive an electronic copy of Words on Plays, A.C.T.'s nationally acclaimed performance guide, approximately two weeks before each scheduled performance. Packed with fascinating articles and interviews, intriguing study questions, and essential background information, these guides are the perfect way to prepare your students to engage with the world of each play.
  • Seating priority is based on receipt of full payment.
  • A.C.T. also offers affordable student-group rates for regular performances of these productions.


ACTsmart Workshops

A.C.T. also offers innovative workshops, led by master teaching artists, designed to enhance your student matinee experience. Whether you want to introduce your students to a play's plot and characters in advance, connect its themes to your classroom curriculum, or prompt discussion and debate after the show, we can create a workshop that addresses your particular classroom needs. Reasonably priced workshops (discounted for Title I schools) are available for groups of up to 30 and can take place at an A.C.T. venue or in your school. 

For more information about workshops, contact Workshops & Events Manager Vince Amelio at 415.439.2450 or vamelio@act-sf.org.

Plays, artists, theaters, and schedules subject to change.

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