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Student Matinees

Introduce your students to professional world-class theater, with student matinees available for almost every performance and a variety of grade levels.

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 3,000 students and teachers from area schools see a show at Two River Theater.

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


Tickets are just $15 and include:
  • Convenient 10:00 AM 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 10:30 AM, and because TRT will conduct free pre-show workshops at your school for A Little Shakespeare, pre-show workshops at TRT are not available.

2020/21 Student Matinees

We look forward to programming future Student Matinees as soon as it is safe to do so!

No Seats Empty Programs


No Seats Empty (NSE) is a grant-funded arts-in-education initiative that makes theater accessible to all students by providing free tickets and transportation to low-income students attending student matinee performances, as well as offering them the option to attend every pre-show workshop at Two River Theater for free. Depending on the performance, qualifying schools are eligible to receive up to either 30 or 50 free tickets per school. Additional tickets can be purchased at student matinee ticket prices, if available. NSE attendance to any production is subject to availability. Please contact Education and Community Engagement Manager Amanda Espinoza at or 732.345.1400 ext.1804 for additional information about your school and the No Seats Empty program.


A unique opportunity for up to five schools each season to truly engage their students with professional theater. Selected schools attend two to 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 to apply for the 2019/20 No Seats Empty: Total Experience program has passed. We are pleased to announce that the following schools have been selected: Arts High School in Newark, Community Charter School of Paterson, Long Branch Middle School, Neptune High School, and Henry Hudson Regional School in Highlands. If you are interested in learning more about the application process for the 2020/21 season, please send an email of inquiry to Amanda Espinoza,

Schools qualify for the No Seats Empty programs if they meet one or more of the following requirements: