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The Old Globe is committed to supporting area schools through strong, standards-based initiatives that enhance arts literacy for students of all ages.

The Old Globe provides thousands of free tickets to area students to see special matinee performances of many of our shows. This opportunity is provided to the community to allow students access to live, professional theatre of the highest quality.

The California State Department of Education created core Content Standards in the Arts “aimed at the development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression.” The Old Globe Student matinee program supports schools’ efforts to introduce young people to live theatre and to gain an appreciation for the art form.

Student matinees are for high school audiences.

An integral part of the free matinee program is the free in-classroom, pre-performance workshop designed to enhance the theatre-going experience. Our trained, professional Teaching Artists use an interactive approach to engage students in understanding the play and concepts of the theatrical production.

Please note there are two separate applications for our regular season shows and Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Please apply accordingly.

Free Student Matinee Application


Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Free Student Matinee Application

For application information, please email freestudentmatinees@TheOldGlobe.org or call (619) 238-0043 x2147.

As an alternative, you may purchase tickets at a discounted rate through group sales. Please contact Group Sales Manager Cristal Salow by email or by calling (619) 238-0043 x2408 for more information.

Introducing Arts Engagement’s Annual Educator Night

Monday, October 2, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Hattox Hall

Educators from all over San Diego and South Bay are welcome to attend our first annual Educator Night at The Old Globe! You will all be welcomed by Barry Edelstein, our Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director, followed by a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of our theatres. The event will culminate in a full sharing of our 2017–2018 Season and its Free Student Matinee offerings, complete with a robust conversation led by Master Teaching Artist Lisel Gorell-Getz about how the shows fit into Common Core curriculum standards. Light dinner will be provided. We hope to see you all here!

Free Student Matinees

All shows and dates are subject to change.

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey - October 26, 2017

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - November 7, 2017

Romeo and Juliet - November 14, 2017

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - November 15, 2017

Romeo and Juliet - November 17, 2017

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - December 1, 2017

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - December 5, 2017

The Importance of Being Earnest - February 14, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest - February 28, 2018

Uncle Vanya - March 1, 2018

Uncle Vanya - March 7, 2018

American Mariachi - April 11, 2018