Hello, Educators!


We are delighted to introduce A.C.T.’s 2018–19 Student Matinee (SMAT) Program. Whether you’re new to A.C.T. or have made our productions a regular part of your school year for decades, we invite you and your students to experience our insightful, engaging, and transformative upcoming season. Read on for your exclusive opportunity to order advance tickets.

One of the first companies in the nation to offer low-cost performance tickets to schoolchildren, A.C.T. has brought the power of live theater to hundreds of thousands of students since the company’s arrival in San Francisco in 1967. Each year, our SMAT Program introduces the joy of theatrical storytelling to young audiences from all over the Bay Area and beyond, many of whom would not otherwise attend theater. Join us for the highest-quality productions and unique ACTsmart workshops customized for your students—all at very affordable prices. Only at A.C.T. can you experience theatrical storytelling in its most dynamic expression as we strive to bring you large-scale, multidisciplinary productions of our culture’s greatest classic and contemporary dramatic literature.

This spring, revisit William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic novel Vanity Fair in a rollicking new stage adaptation by Kate Hamill, Sense and Sensibility, Medea, and Rhinoceros.

A.C.T.’s 2018–19 season continues A.C.T.’s more than 50-year tradition of combining classic with contemporary—exploring powerful stories by celebrated artists and introducing extraordinary emerging voices in American theater. This is a season you and your students simply must see!

Thank you for being such a vibrant and integral part of the A.C.T. community.

See you at the theater!


Elizabeth Brodersen
Director of Education

New SMAT Start Time!

All 2018–19 Student Matinees
will begin at 11 a.m.


SMAT Order Form


Getting Here

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



Call 415.439.2306  


A.C.T. Mainstage Productions


by Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray
Directed by Jessica Stone
A coproduction with Shakespeare Theatre Company

Apr 26, 2019
at 11 a.m.
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
Grades 8–12

From acclaimed playwright Kate Hamill (2017 Playwright of the Year, Wall Street Journal) comes a rollicking new stage adaptation of William Thackeray’s classic 19th-century novel that pops with 21st-century spirit.

Ambitious Becky Sharp may not have been born with wealth or status, but she’s determined to attain both—at any cost. Armed with fierce wit and calculating charm, Becky forges her own path through London’s high society, dealing herself into a game she was never invited to play.

Displaying the celebrated audacity and verve that she brought to her adaptation of Sense & Sensibility, Hamill conjures an inventive and lively period drama featuring one of literature’s original “nasty women."


Master of Fine Arts Program Performances


Sense and Sensibility

by Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

May 8, 2019
The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
Grades 7–12

The Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and starry-eyed Marianne—have very different approaches to finding love. But when their father’s death leaves them penniless, homeless, and vulnerable to gossip, they must rely on each other to discover what it takes to follow their hearts. Playwright Kate Hamill (Vanity Fair) celebrates the power of sisterhood in this joyful, witty adaptation of the beloved Jane Austen novel.



by Robinson Jeffers
Freely adapted from Euripides
Directed by Peter J. Kuo

May 9, 2019
The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
Grades 8–12

Lover. Sorcerer. Kingmaker. Medea left everything behind for Jason, but now he’s jilted her and their children for the king’s daughter. A woman and an immigrant with no means of returning home, Medea knows the system is rigged against her. Does she accept her fate, or fight for vengeance? We all know how her story ends, but it’s time we examine how she gets there. A.C.T. Associate Conservatory Director Peter J. Kuo directs Euripides’s haunting tale of bloodshed and betrayal.


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.
  • If the student matinee you request is sold out, orders may be placed on a waiting list. Waiting list orders will be confirmed at least two weeks before the performance. Payment must accompany waiting list orders but will not be processed unless your seats are confirmed.
  • 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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