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.

Preshow classroom workshops

Actors Theatre of Louisville is pleased to be able to offer free preshow workshops for school groups attending student matinees thanks to the generous support of YUM! Brands.Our Preshow 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.

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

If we cannot offer your school a preshow workshop, please email Janelle Dunn, Education  Associate, to request a copy of the lesson plan.

Preshow Workshop Training

Join members of the Education department to learn the preshow workshops for Dracula and/or A Christmas Carol. This two hour training will introduce the curriculum through hands-on activities, and give you the tools to complete the workshop in your classroom.

The dates of these trainings are dependent on interest. Please email Janelle Dunn, Education Associate, to sign up.

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 2017-2018 season was $75. 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. The bus subsidy application form is available HERE.

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

Deadlines for Bus Subsidy Applications:

Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula 8/22/18
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 8/29/18
A Doll’s House, Part 2 9/12/18
Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol 10/31/18
Pipeline 12/19/18

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 request a script or copy of the preshow workshop lesson plan, 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

2018-2019 Student Matinee Performance Details.
Student Matinee Pricing and Reservation Policies
Student Matinee Teacher Resources
Student Matinee Post Show Survey for Teachers 2017-2018
Student Matinee Bus Route Map


Beginning July 1, 2018, Kentucky state law requires non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations to collect 6% state sales tax on all categories of admissions, including subscription packages, single ticket sales and ticket fees. The Theatre will remit all taxes collected to the state.

Organizations exempt from Kentucky sales tax must present a valid Purchase Exemption Certificate to group sales as soon as possible. Certificate can be emailed to or sent via fax using 502.561.3300.

This expansive application of the state sales tax was not initiated by the Theatre. Learn More

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

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