Education Programs



The live theatre experience is at the heart of everything we do in Learning & Education. We strive to make that experience accessible to students of all ages and abilities, whether that means subsidizing student tickets or providing contextualized lesson plans for the classroom.


Student Matinees allow us to share the live theatre experience at low or no cost to young people throughout Arizona. Each Student Matinee performance is followed by a post-show discussion with members of the cast and ATC staff, and informative Play Guides are available for teachers to enhance their students’ understanding of each play. Classroom visits and backstage tours are other possible extras to complete the Student Matinee experience.

To learn more about our current Student Matinee Series, read our FAQ page. Then, choose your city / venue:

Season Info: Tucson / Temple of Music and Art
Registration: To schedule a student matinee field trip, please contact Luke Young, Education Manager,

Season Info: Phoenix / Herberger Theater Center
Registration: To schedule a student matinee field trip, please contact Luke Young, Education Manager,

Student tickets to any regularly scheduled ATC performance are just $10 each! Call the Box Office for more information or to reserve your seats today:

Tucson: 520-622-2823
Phoenix: 602-256-6995


Led by a member of ATC staff, post-show discussions are lively conversations between actors and audience about the play and its performance. Post-show discussions are offered after select regular performances and all Student Matinees.


These guides are created for each of our plays and are available as a free resource on our website. Play Guides cover topics relating to the play, contextual information about the period in which the play is set, and the process the play went through to reach production. For plays featured in our Student Matinee Series, Play Guides will include theatre and language arts-related lesson plans as well as discussion questions for the classroom.

Current Season:

Questions about our Play Guides?
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Applications for ATC’s 2016/2017 Professional Internship Program are now available!

Arizona Theatre Company supports the ongoing learning of professional interns every season. Each internship is unique and created with the specific individual in mind. Our internships are built around our intern’s personal passions, abilities, and educational goals. We provide a solid and inclusive professional experience within our company that serves as a springboard to their future career.

How to Apply:
Download and complete our application form and return it to us along with a cover letter, two letters of recommendation, and a current resume.

Specific skill demands vary by department, but basic requirements for any ATC internship include a confident use of English; computer literacy; a sense of humor, passion, and curiosity.

Internship Dates:
August 2016 through May 2017. Specific start and end dates are negotiable.

Application Deadline:
May 30, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m. MST

Which internship is right for me?
During the 2016/2017 season, we can offer a limited number of internships across the following departments:

Internships vary depending on the individual applicant and his/her area of interest. However, all internships at Arizona Theatre Company include:

  • Shadowing of theatre professionals, creating contacts that could lead to opportunities following the intern year;
  • Creative development with ongoing evaluation and skills-based learning;
  • Production experience: interns are involved in all ATC productions;
  • Cross-departmental work within the company to aid understanding of how a nonprofit arts organization works as a whole;
  • Space to tailor the internship to individual needs and interests;
  • Complimentary tickets to all ATC productions;
  • A supportive and welcoming environment in which to grow.

We offer both paid professional internships and non-paid, school-credit internships. Please contact us for more details.

2016/2017 Internship Application (PDF)

Internship Descriptions

Applicants for this position should be creative, organized, have great initiative, and possess excellent communication skills. A curiosity in and passion for directing, theatre literature (dramaturgy and literary management), and artistic administration or arts management is ideal. Individuals with a background or focus in performance are also welcome to apply but should be aware that opportunities to perform at ATC are not included within this internship. As Artistic Intern, you will assist the Artistic Director with administrative duties including communication with guest artists, facilitating auditions, and responding to information requests; and also support ATC’s Literary Associate with dramaturgical projects as needed. You will also be present in rehearsals as assistant to the director for multiple mainstage shows in our season and – where applicable – supervise and rehearse understudies. In addition to those responsibilities, you will assist the Learning & Education department by reading play submissions, contributing to Play Guides, processing student and teacher surveys, and providing support for school workshops and community outreach.

This internship is offered as a full-time position only.

Learning & Education
Learning & Education interns may work out of the Tucson or Phoenix office, providing administrative support to the department through such duties as processing Student Matinee reservations, tracking student participation in Learning & Education programs, and maintaining Arizona teacher contact lists. Learning & Education Interns will also accompany staff and guest teaching artists on classroom visits and workshops, helping to implement and assess ATC Learning & Education programs through hands-on work with Arizona students. As the internship progresses, additional opportunities to deliver ATC Learning & Education programming will emerge. Proficiency with the Spanish language – while not a requirement – is a bonus.

This internship is offered as a full- or part-time position.

Stage and Production Management
The Stage and Production Management Intern will assist the Production Manager and Associate Production Manager with day-to-day logistical planning, communicating with technical and artistic staff, and assisting with administrative duties such as expense coding and production meeting minutes. You will also have opportunities throughout the season to work closely with Equity stage managers in rehearsal and performance, with the option to work as part of the technical run crew for our mainstage shows. Roles can vary from season to season, but all offer unique learning and participation experiences. Applicants for these positions should have some prior experience in stage or production management.

This internship is offered as a full-time (9 months) or part-time (4 to 5 months) position.

Technical Theatre
Technical Theatre internships are available in the following areas: Costumes, Props, Electrics/Lighting, Sound, Scenic Construction, and Scenic Painting. Intern placement and training is based on each candidate’s current knowledge and their desire to learn. Interns will gain skills in their desired area through hands-on experience and mentorship from their on-site supervisor. Applicants for these positions should have some prior experience in their field.

These internships are offered as full-time (9 months) or part-time (4 to 5 months) positions.

For More Information:
Luke Young, Learning & Education Manager


Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program that culminates in fully realized productions performed on the main stage at the Temple of Music and Art. Arizona Theatre Company staff and professional teaching artists selected by ATC lead students through a variety of theatre classes that contribute to an experience that prepares young people for a creative and engaged life in the arts or in any field!

Summer Backstage participants, in addition to their class work with their Summer on Stage peers, will be mentored by ATC staff and guest artists in hands-on workshop sessions that will prepare them to assist in the build and load-in of our set(s), as well as for a spot on the backstage crews for our productions.

The first week of Summer on Stage is devoted to community building and audition preparation; we cast our shows by the end of the first week. The next two weeks of the program are split between morning class work and afternoon rehearsals. Our final two weeks are spent in full-day rehearsals onstage and in our rehearsal hall as we incorporate all of our technical elements – set, lighting, costumes, sound, and props – on our way toward a celebratory evening performances at the end of the program.

Time Commitment
June 27 – July 29, 2016 (Summer on Stage will not meet on Monday, July 4)
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lunch break is from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Performance Dates
July 27 (TBA), July 28 and July 29 at 7:00 p.m.

How Do I Get In?
You’re in! Fill out the appropriate Registration materials below and send them in – and we’ll see you in June!

Registration Information and Applications
A $50 non-refundable Registration Fee is due upon submission of registration materials for both Summer on Stage and Summer Backstage participants. The $50 Registration Fee is in addition to tuition costs, listed below.

Summer on Stage
Early registration – $750; deadline is April 1, 2016.
Regular registration – $850; deadline is May 27, 2016.
Late registration – $950; deadline is June 17, 2016.

Summer Backstage
Early registration – $250; deadline is April 1, 2016.
Regular registration – $350; deadline is May 27, 2016.
Late registration – $450; deadline is June 17, 2016.

We have a limited number of scholarships for both Summer on Stage and Summer Backstage. Please fill out the separate scholarship form to apply.

2016 Summer on Stage Registration Form
2016 Summer Backstage Registration Form

2016 Scholarship Application Form

We also offer a limited number of internships to college students or recent college graduates as teaching assistants, assistant stage managers, production assistants, and designers.

2016 Summer on Stage Internship Application Form

Photo Galleries
Professional production photos are courtesy of Saguaro Shadows Photography.

2015 Photo Gallery
2014 Photo Gallery
2013 Photo Gallery

Want To Know More?

Luke Young
Learning & Education Manager

Take a look at what Summer on Stage is all about!


Using theatre as a catalyst to inspire creativity, our Learning & Education staff and expert teaching artists travel to classrooms all over Arizona to help students unleash their own inner storyteller.


MyShakespeare makes the language, stories, and themes of Shakespeare accessible to young people across Arizona through active and dynamic workshops focused on the modern performance of classic texts.

For More Information:

Luke Young, Learning & Education Manager


This workshop series captures the joy and playfulness as well as the cultural significance of storytelling. Through improvisation, active listening, and dramatic writing exercises, young people develop literacy skills while harnessing the energy and inventiveness of their own stories to create original pieces of theatre.

For More Information:

Luke Young, Learning & Education Manager


Developed in partnership with the Tucson Museum of Art and Phoenix Art Museum, PictureThis combines visual art and literacy with theatrical storytelling. Student participants create original pieces of performance inspired by works of art curated by museum and ATC staff.

For More Information:

Luke Young, Learning & Education Manager


This emerging workshop series brings together students and expert dance instructors to combine literature and movement. MoveMe reimagines written and spoken words as physical expressions of story and emotion, culminating in a dance piece created and performed by participants.

For More Information:

Luke Young, Learning & Education Manager


Connecting performance and learning experiences to communities beyond Tucson and Phoenix.


If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you. Our Learning & Education staff and teaching artists travel all over the state to bring the professional live theatre experience to Arizona communities near and far during week-long residencies tailored to suit your needs.

For More Information:

Luke Young, Learning & Education Manager


This provides an immersion into the works of Shakespeare through a two-week residency and a student-produced and performed adaptation of a Shakespeare play. Experiential exercises remove the mystery and fear that prevents students from appreciating the stories behind Shakespeare’s intimidating language. Students are introduced to the fundamental skills utilized by professional theatre artists, such as ensemble techniques and teamwork, vocal clarity, and projection, which can have a lifelong impact. The project design enhances English Language Arts curriculum areas with the primary goal of using Shakespeare performance and the theatrical tradition as tools for increasing oral reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and greater understanding of cultural literacy as well as defining a sense of confidence and self-worth in each student.


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