Open to students within the Phoenix area, the students accepted into this program are exposed to professional artistic productions, including theatre, ballet, opera, and symphony. Following each performance, students meet with guest artists and ATC staff to discuss the production and its elements. This project can impact immeasurably on the personal lives, educational goals, and cultural development of young people. It seeks to develop critical thinking and a cultural literacy across art forms and support formal school-based learning experiences.
This informative guide is available free of charge on ATC’s website as a resource for all patrons. The guide covers topics relating to the play, the time period in which the play is set, and the process the play went through to reach production. As an added feature for educators bringing students to see ATC’s student matinees, this guide includes post-show discussion questions as well as theatre and language-arts related lesson plans for each production. All lesson plans are aligned with Arizona State Standards for Education.
Professional Internship Program
College students interested in a career in theatre are afforded a “hands-on” opportunity to master skills in their chosen theatre discipline. Under the guidance of ATC staff, our interns are mentored in a nurturing and professional environment to gain skills in our technical, artistic and education departments.
Student Matinees allow ATC to share the live theatre experience at low or no cost to young people throughout Arizona. Each matinee is followed by a post-performance discussion with cast members and ATC staff, providing students the opportunity to interact with members of the production team. Play Guides are also available to teachers to enhance students' understanding of each play and to assist in fulfilling Arizona Arts Standards. Backstage tours and school visits led by our education and learning team complete this learning opportunity.
Summer on Stage
In this 5-week theatre training program, high school students learn a variety of acting and production techniques. Character development, voice and movement for the actor, scene and monologue study, and theatrical design and management are all explored. Students are guided by ATC staff and other professional theatre artists through an intensive rehearsal process culminating in fully staged performances at the Temple of Music and Art.