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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

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, September 27, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Top Girls

by Caryil Churchill
Directed by Tanilla Woodard

A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
Grades 9–12 (contains mature language and themes – additional information available upon request)


The Geary Theater hosts the most unforgettable dinner party you’ll ever attend. In Thatcher’s Britain of the ’80s, Marlene celebrates a promotion with a dinner party full of legendary, historical, and mythical women, from Pope Joan to one of Chaucer’s pilgrims to an imperial Japanese courtesan. As the wine starts to flow, each of these iconic women shares her own stories of sacrifice and success—but where’s the sisterhood?

Written by Caryl Churchill (Love and Information), one of the English language’s greatest living playwrights, and directed by Tamilla Woodard (Men on Boats) in her return to A.C.T., this modern classic dissects feminism and the cost of progress in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, a country divided by class, cruelty, and capitalism.

Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11 a.m.


by Kate Attwell
Directed by Pam MacKinnon

A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
Grades 9–12 (contains mature language and themes – additional information available upon request)

How can we understand the present, if we won’t acknowledge the past? Pam MacKinnon (in her Strand Theater debut) directs this scorching world premiere by playwright Kate Attwell—a contrast of two time-traveling stories focusing on cricket, a game of strict rules and hidden violence.

In the first story, tensions in the locker room rise during a match between rival women’s cricket players from England and India, as secrets spill about relationships, ambition, and the integrity of the sport. In the second, two British administrators in colonial India confront challenges on the field of play that threaten the entire regime.

Asking hard-hitting questions about colonialism, gender, and power, Testmatch launches an exciting new voice in American theater.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 11 a.m.

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh
Music by Karl Lundeberg
Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Directed by Peter J. Kuo
Based on the original direction by Carey Perloff

A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
Grades K–12

Following another successful run in 2018, A.C.T. welcomes back the Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol. Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and deliciously spooky ghosts, this version of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff, stays true to the heart of Dickens’s timeless story of redemption and brings a playful sensibility to his rich language. Now in its 43rd year, A Christmas Carol is a cornerstone of the A.C.T. repertory and has become a holiday tradition for families around the Bay Area.

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

“Is it now? I thought I had more time.”

What if you had just a few more minutes left to live? Obie Award–winning playwright Will Eno (The Realistic Joneses) crafts an intimate comedy drama that takes audiences on a theatrical journey that’s surprising, yet familiar.

Experience the play that has everyone talking—plus the curtain-raiser written especially for A.C.T. by Eno. Starring two-time Emmy Award winner Tony Hale (HBO’s Veep and Fox’s/Netflix’s 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, 2019 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 mature language and themes – additional information available upon request)

Toni Stone dreams of nothing but baseball. But to become the first woman to play professionally as a member of the Negro League’s Indianapolis Clowns, she must confront hostile crowds, ruthless team owners, and players who slide spikes first. As she negotiates life’s challenges and opportunities on and off the field, Toni stays true to herself and reaches for who she can be.

In this new play, playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Broadway’s Stick Fly and Showtime’s The Affair) uncovers the theatrical journey in Martha Ackmann’s book, Curveball: The Remarkable True Story of Toni Stone. The culmination of a six-year collaboration between Diamond and director Pam MacKinnonToni Stone is the extraordinary, real-life story of a trail-blazing Bay Area athlete.

Master of Fine Arts Program Performances


2019–20 M.F.A. performance info will be announced in the fall of 2019. Please check back for more info.

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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