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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.

Free Student Matinee applications for the 2017-2018 season have now closed. 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 for our regular evening and weekend performances through group sales. Please contact our Group Sales Manager by email or by calling (619) 238-0043 x2408 for more information.

Free Student Matinees

All shows and dates are subject to change.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • Applications are available through our website around July. The deadline for submission is generally by October 1st of each year. You can also email freestudentmatinees@theoldglobe.org for information.

Where should I tell the bus to drop us off?

  • If your bus driver has not been to Balboa Park lately, you’ll need to let her/him know that the drop-off place has changed.  Please note the attached map (look for the X near #21 on the map).  You can drop off the students at the area near the International Cottages (across from the Organ Pavilion Parking lot) and then follow the sidewalk to the wooden footbridge, through the Alcazar Parking lot and Garden and across the street to the Globe.

What time should we arrive?

  • Please plan to have your students on the plaza outside the theatre by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the show. Shows begins at 10:30am.

Can we bring student lunches and backpacks?

  • Some schools bring lunches with them.  If you plan to do that, please put them all in one or two large boxes or coolers labeled with the school name.  Some folks bring their lunches in wagons, and that seems to be the easiest way to transport them through the park. We will store all lunches in one of the other theatre lobbies during the show.
  • If possible, please discourage your students from bringing backpacks and large purses, as these will also need to be stored away with the lunches.
  • Of course, anyone needing medical supplies or food for medical reasons can keep a bag with them at all times.

If students drop out, what can we do with our extra tickets?

  • If students cannot come, please call us right away to return the extra tickets to the theatre.  We have many people on our waiting list and the sooner we know that there are more seats available the sooner we can offer the seats to others. Unfortunately, you may not use extra seats for parents, friends, etc.

Do we need to provide photo releases for our students?

  • Yes. We need photo releases signed by a parent or guardian. Please bring the photo releases with you the morning of the show. We have stickers for students to wear who should not be photographed – please make sure you get them if you need them. (Photo Release - Spanish)

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.