Give Your Students the Magic of Live Theatre!

Thanks to the generous contributions of businesses and individuals, we offer classical theatre to student groups at discounted rates. Through this program, Southwest Shakespeare Company has introduced more than 147,000 students from all over the state of Arizona to live theater.

Included with the Student Matinee:

  • Students see full-length performances in fully-reserved seating at the Mesa Arts Center.
  • A comprehensive Teacher Guide to the play (complies with Arizona State Standards) 
  • Free talkbacks with the cast and crew after the performance

Student Matinees begin at either 10 am or 10:30, but please plan on arriving by 45 min before curtain to ensure timely seating and a punctual start-time. The show ends by 12:30pm and there is a 15 talk back after every show. Water and snacks are sold cash only during the intermission.

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

Student Matinees for 2022-2023 Season

King Lear: October 13, 18, 19, 25, 26, 28 (TBA performances 12 and 20)

Antony and Cleopatra : March 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 (TBA performances 21, 31)

LOVES LABOUR’S LOST Educational Tour: Opens Oct 22, 2022 and runs through May 31, 2023. (80min version including talkback with cast and crew)
Get more info on Love’s Labour’s Lost

If you want to make a reservation for any student matinee, book and educational tour or to attend an evening or weekend performance, 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. DUE TO POTENTIAL COVID RESTRICTIONS backstage tours may not be available at this time. Please inquire with Susan Freestone on availability. 

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