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 to older students and non-Title One schools.

If we cannot offer your school a preshow workshop, please email Betsy Anne Huggins, Education Manager, to request a copy of the lesson plan.

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 2016-2017 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. 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:

  • Dracula – 8/18/17
  • Skeleton Crew – 10/18/17
  • A Christmas Carol – 10/18/17
  • Little Bunny Foo Foo – 12/13/17 (extended deadline 1/10/18)
  • The Magic Play – 12/13/17 (extended deadline 1/10/18)

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

2017-2018 Student Matinee Performance Details and Availability
Student Matinee Pricing and Reservation Policies
Student Matinee Teacher Resources
Student Matinee Post Show Survey for Teachers 2017-2018
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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