Student Matinees

At Two River Theater, your students will experience high quality, professional productions created by accomplished actors, writers, directors, and designers. The themes of our plays will inspire engaging and relevant discussions for your classrooms, after-school clubs, and groups. Every year, over 3000 students and teachers from area schools see a show at Two River Theater.

Tickets are just $15* and include:

  • Convenient 10am performances*
  • Curriculum Guides to help you integrate our work on stage to your work in the classroom
  • A post-show Q & A with the actors
  • For $3 more per person, we offer a 9:15 AM Pre-Show Workshop to further engage students with the production they are about to see.*

*Student matinees for A Little Shakespeare begin at 10:30am; tickets are $12 each; and because TRT will conduct free pre-show workshops at your school for A Little Shakespeare, pre-show workshops at TRT are not available.

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Questions about student matinees?
Please contact Kristina Marinos at or 732.345.1400 x 1839.

Upcoming Student Matinees


The Belle of AmherstMay 1 and 2 at 10:00 AM

Recommended for Grades 8–12




No Seats Empty

NSE is a grant-funded arts-in-education initiative targeting economically disadvantaged schools. Students from eligible New Jersey districts receive all of the benefits of the student matinee series at no cost, including transportation if needed. Limited availability.

No Seats Empty: Total Experience 

A unique opportunity for up to five schools each season to truly engage their students with professional theater. Selected schools attend three student matinees in the season, and Two River teaching artists travel to their schools to lead pre- and post-show workshops designed to deepen the students’ understanding of and engagement with the theater production.

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.

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.