School Matinees

Let us help your students unlock the magic of Shakespeare’s words.

Our professional performances for schools allow the students to hear the sumptuous and witty language, to watch thrilling swordfights, and to share in the magical experience of live theater among their peers. Every performance is followed by a talkback with the actors, where students may ask about Shakespeare, the making of the play, and performing arts careers.

2017 Spring Student Matinees
Romeo and Juliet

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In the spring of 2016, over 7,000 middle- and high-school students attended our matinees, including public, independent, and home school groups from Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. 

Every child deserves the opportunity to see a live performance of one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays. It’s our pleasure to welcome students to Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s theater, a modern Globe that opened in 2014 inside a landmark 19th Century bank building, and preserves many of its architectural features.

This program would not be possible without support from The Sheridan Foundation, The Mechanic Foundation, The Sylvia Meisenberg Endowment for Shakespeare Education, The Brown-Lipitz Family Foundation, and several individual and anonymous supporters. For more information on supporting our education programs, please click here.

THEATER INFORMATION

Address:  7 South Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202  (corner of Calvert and Redwood Streets downtown)

Theater capacity:  265 seats

Accessibility: Our space conforms to ADA standards. An elevator provides easy access to all levels of seating in the theatre, and we have both dedicated and unrestricted restrooms on two levels. Our performances are sensory friendly. We leave audience lighting at a level that accommodates the full theatre. We also have the PNC Family Room on the ground level that allows room for fidgety students and privacy for behavioral challenges. Please let us know if your students require special accommodations. We’re glad to have you and your students join us!

Make a school matinee reservation:   Contact Ron Heneghan, our Director of Community Engagement, at 410-244-8571, Ext. 113, or send an email to Heneghan@chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  Also ask about our school residencies and workshops that align with your curriculum and deepen the students’ understanding of Shakespeare.

Want to sponsor a school group?  Ensure that every child experiences the cultural enrichment of attending live theater. Please contact Laura Malkus, Director of Development, today at 410-244-8571, ext. 107.