No Seats Empty

No Seats Empty is an arts-in-education initiative targeting economically disadvantaged students. Students from eligible New Jersey districts receive all of the benefits of the student matinee series at no cost. Transportation to and from the theater is included if needed. Limited availability.
Schools qualify for the No Seats Empty programs if they meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • School is designated as a Priority or Focus School by the NJ Department of Education. These schools are listed here.
  • School is part of an Abbott District, as listed here.
  • NSLP Free and Reduced Lunch eligibility percentage of student population is higher than the NJ statewide average of 35.5%. Look up your school district’s percentage of Free and Reduced Lunch eligibility here.
  • Other extenuating inequities caused by student SES or disaster recovery may be considered on an individual school basis. Schools that feel they may qualify based on these inequities are encouraged to apply.


 No Seats Empty: Total Experience  is a unique opportunity for selected schools to truly engage their students with professional theater. On-site at each school, Two River staff and teaching artists will lead curriculum-based workshops designed to deepen the students’ understanding of and engagement with the theater production, before and after they attend our student matinees.The deadline for the 2018/19 season has passed. We are pleased to announce that the following schools have been selected to partner with Two River Theater for the 2018/19 season: Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, Arts High School in Newark, Asbury Park High School in Asbury Park, Plainfield Academy of the Arts and Advanced Studies in Plainfield,and Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy in Elizabeth. If you are interested in learning more about the application process for the 2019/20 season, please send an email of inquiry to Amanda Espinoza,


Questions? Contact Kristina Marinos at or 732.345.1400 x1839.