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The Old Globe is committed to making theatre that matters, including making it matter to more youth. Each year, thousands of students gain access to live theatre of the highest quality, as well as a greater appreciation for the art form through our Free Student Matinees (FSM) program.

For over 20 years, we have offered transportation and tickets at no cost as well as a free in-classroom pre-show workshop designed to enhance the theatre-going experience lead by our trained, professional Teaching Artists. They use an interactive approach to engage students in understanding the play and concepts of the theatrical production that meet Common Core Content Standards.

Applications are now closed for fall matinees. Please come back October 31 for the release of the winter and spring matinees application.

If you are unable to apply, we have group rates available for our regular evening and weekend performances. Additionally, Title I schools are eligible for subsidized rates for select weekday morning Grinch matinees. For information, please contact our Group Sales Manager by email.

For more application information, please email freestudentmatinees@TheOldGlobe.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a Free Student Matinee at The Old Globe?

  • Applications are available in June for Fall performances, and October for Winter and Spring. They remain open until all awards are claimed. You can also email freestudentmatinees@theoldglobe.org for information.

Who can apply for an FSM award?

  • All schools and accredited homeschooling programs are eligible to apply, and can submit each year even if you attended previously.

Are there factors that give my school or group priority?

  • Decisions are based on several factors that are subject to change each year including, but not limited to, early bird submissions, Title I status, number of applications, previous attendance, etc. We encourage everyone to apply!

My school received an FSM award! What now?

  • By now, you should have received an email with all necessary info, but in case you haven’t, click here to find out answers to questions like arrival time, bus drop-off locations, lunch and backpack policies, etc.

What do you do with unused seats?

  • If you are a school offered an award, please notify us immediately to return the extra tickets as we have many people on our waiting list. Neglecting to notify us could impact future eligibility for the program.
  • If you are a student or youth organization that did not originally apply, and are able to attend with short-notice (sometimes within 24 hours of the performance), please email us to be added to our wait list.

Do we need to provide photo releases for our students?

  • Agreeing to attend the performance consents to any media captured the day of the field trip. However, any students that would like to opt out will get a sticker the day of so staff can respect their privacy.

Does The Old Globe offer any reimbursements for buses?

  • Yes. After your visit, please complete our reimbursement form and return it along with a copy of your invoice. A reimbursement will be issued directly from our Finance office to your school.