Student Matinees

Thanks to the generous contributions of businesses and individuals, we offer classical theatre to student groups at discounted rates. Students see full-length performances in fully-reserved seating. Additionally, we provide a comprehensive Teacher Guide, meeting Arizona State Standards beforehand. Through this program, Southwest Shakespeare Company has introduced more than 147,000 students from all over the state of Arizona to live theater.

Student Matinees begin at 10 am, but please plan on arriving by 9:40 am, in order to ensure timely seating and a punctual start-time. The show ends by 12:30pm. Water and snacks are sold during the intermission.

After the performance, Southwest Shakespeare also offers free talkbacks with the cast and crew.  Talkbacks allow students to engage with the cast and crew in an open forum. This helps students connect the actors’ preparation with the final product of the show, and with their broader curriculum. The Talkbacks continue for approximately 20 minutes after the show.

Student groups can also attend regular evening or weekend matinee performances. These prices vary depending on the theater and time. Checks are preferable and should be made payable to Southwest Shakespeare Company, PO Box 30595, Mesa, AZ 85275. Major credit cards are also accepted. Full payment is expected BEFORE attendance. If you have any questions about the student matinees or student group tickets, please contact Susan Freestone at

Educational Extras: Backstage Tours

Backstage Tours offer a unique technical perspective of how our shows work. After the student matinees, cast and crew members lead students through the backstage areas to experience what it takes behind the curtain to execute a production. Backstage tours cost $25 for groups of 20.

If you’ve already reserved your student matinee seats or to send a request to add a backstage tour, please contact Susan Freestone at

Student Matinees for 2017-2018 Season

Romeo and Juliet matinees are scheduled on  1/12/2018, 1/16/2017, 1/17/2018, 1/18/2018, 1/19/2018, 1/23/2018, 1/24/2018, 1/25/2018, and 1/26/2018.

Sense and Sensibility matinees are scheduled on 2/16/2018, 2/23/2018, 3/1/2018, 3/2/2018.

Henry IV, Part I matinees are scheduled on 3/23/2018, 3/29/2018, 3/30/2018, 4/4/2018, 4/5/2018, 4/6/2018

If you want to make a reservation for any student matinee or to attend an evening or weekend performance, please contact Susan Freestone at