Student Matinees

Each school year, Actors Education dives into hundreds of classrooms to prepare more than 15,000 elementary, middle and high school students to visit Actors Theatre for our wildly popular Yum! Family Series Student Matinees.

Pre-show classroom workshops

Actors Theatre of Louisville is pleased to be able to offer free pre-show workshops for school groups attending student matinees thanks to the generous support of YUM! Brands.Our Pre-show Classroom Workshops, led by Actors Theatre teaching artists, provide a fun and collaborative opportunity for students to engage with the themes, ideas and issues of the Actors Theatre production they are about to see. CLICK HERE to request a pre-show classroom workshop.

Due to the high volume of student matinees, Actors is not able to offer pre-show workshops to all schools. Actors prioritizes seeing students with from Title One schools and younger students from public schools. Schools that fit this criteria are invited to book pre-show workshops first. If there is room in the schedule, additional invites are sent to older students and non-Title One schools.

Age Appropriateness

Please note age appropriateness when booking, as our Yum! Family Series Student Matinee productions are presented in their original form, without language or content editing.  Teachers may request script copies and/or preview the performances during select performances.

Bus Subsidy

Thanks to generous support from our donors, Actors Theatre grants money to schools in need to help cover part of their transportation costs associated with attending a student matinee. The median bus subsidy awarded in the 2015-2016 season was $100. Please note that due to the high demand for bus subsidies, we regret that we may not be able to fulfill all requests. If your school is awarded a bus subsidy, it will be paid in the form of a reimbursement check following your student matinee. Please fill out the 2016-2017 Bus Subsidy Application Form to apply for a subsidy.

The deadline to apply for each performance is listed below. If your school is attending multiple performances, you will need to submit a bus subsidy for each performance.

  • Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula: August 17, 2016
  • The 39 Steps: August 17, 2016
  • Macbeth: September 7, 2016
  • Detroit ’67: October 19, 2016
  • Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol: October 19, 2016
  • Circle Mirror Transformation: December 14, 2016

Miller Transportation is the official transportation provider for Actors Theatre’s Bus Subsidy Program within Jefferson County. All schools in Jefferson County must book through Miller Transportation by visiting or by calling 502.368.5644 and asking for Annette Lynch.

“An excellent presentation! Not only did it create opportunities for experiential learning, it also intrigued and excited my students. They are eagerly anticipating the performance!”

– Preshow Workshop teacher participant

General Information

To schedule a Pre-show Classroom Workshop, request a script, arrange to preview a performance or for additional information, you can contact Actors Education at 502.584.1265 or by email at

We look forward to meeting you and your students this upcoming season.

Jane B. Jones, Director of Education

Performance Reservation Details


For reservation information, contact the Group Sales Department

2016-2017 Student Matinee Performance Details
Student Matinee Pricing & Reservation Policies
Student Matinee Teacher Resources
Student Matinee Post Show Survey for Teachers 2016-2017
Student Matinee Bus Route Map

Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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