Box Office: 585-232-4382.

Tue-Sat: 12-6pm. Sun & Mon: CLOSED

Student Matinee

Student Matinee Series

Geva Theatre’s Student Matinee Series welcomes student audiences into the theatre for selected performances. You bring your students to an exceptional, professional school-day performance; we’ll make it easy, enriching, and fun.

A Christmas Carol
  • November 21st, 22nd, and December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, & 18th at 10:30am
Nina Simone: Four Women
  • January 28th  and February 4th at 10:30am
Little Women
  • March 18th, 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th at 10:30am
Pure Native
  • April 23rd and 24th at 10:30am
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
  • June 3rd at 10:30am

Reservations, Pricing, and Policies:

• Tickets may be reserved by calling 585-420-2052.
Reservations will be accepted beginning on Wednesday, August 7, 2024
Reservations can only be made over the phone (no reservations will be accepted via email).

• All student matinee tickets are $22 per ticket (with the exception of the November 21 and 22 preview performances of A Christmas Carol, which are $20 per ticket).

• One (1) complimentary chaperone ticket is included for every 15 student tickets purchased.

• A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the ticket total and the signed contract are due two weeks after the reservation is made. If the deposit and signed contract are not received, the reservation
will be canceled.

• Final confirmation of ticket numbers is due six (6) weeks prior to the performance date.

• Final payments must be received four (4) weeks prior to the performance date or the reservation will be canceled. Reservations that only provide payment after the performance (including from
a third party) will not be accepted. No refunds will be given once payment has been received or if less students attend on the day of the performance.

• Student Matinee performances begin promptly at 10:30am. Groups are advised to coordinate their
transportation to arrive at 10am and depart at approximately 1-1:30pm (varying by show), following
the post-show talkback with cast members.


All Student Matinees Include:

Teacher Preview: Teachers who would like to attend a performance before bringing a group to a Student Matinee may request a complimentary preview ticket (for attending teachers only). Teacher previews are not offered for A Christmas Carol.

Discovery Guide: Packed with information about the play, relevant context, suggested discussion questions, and related activities, the Discovery Guide unlocks every production’s essential issues and avenues for classroom exploration. Discovery Guides are offered in both English and Spanish.

Discovery Workshops: A Geva Theatre artist-educator will travel to your school to explore the play’s themes and production values and inspire curiosity for the production. These interactive workshops are included in the ticket price, are easy to schedule, take place in your classroom, and establish a personal connection with students before they even come to the theatre. (Discovery Workshops are not offered for A Christmas Carol).

Post-Performance Talkback: Student Matinee performances are immediately followed by a conversation with cast members where students may respond to the performance and ask questions directly to the artists involved in the production.

Every year we select the productions we most want to share with student audiences for our Student Matinee Series. You bring your students to an exceptional, professional school-day performance; we’ll make it easy, enriching, and fun. We produce work that celebrates the human experience. The purpose and power of a theatrical event is to come together in the theatre to discover a new understanding of ourselves and, in turn, others. Learning Standards say our students will be able to “interpret, analyze and evaluate narratives, poetry, and drama by making connections to other texts, ideas, cultural perspectives, eras, personal events, and situations.” In the theatre, making such connections is the work we do each and every day; Education at Geva is here to share the inquiry and discovery with your students. Let us pose new questions and share fresh insights. You and your students will explore each play as we do, inside and out. Experience the vibrant detail of a fully-staged production and the expressive power of ideas brought to life by phenomenal artists. Then talk with those very artists at the theatre following the performance. When you make a Student Matinee reservation, you’re buying more than a ticket; you’re choosing a complete educational journey for your students.

If you are an RCSD teacher or a teacher at a Charter School within the Rochester city limits and are interested in attending a Student Matinee performance with your students, contact
585-420-2052 to inquire about the possibility of free tickets through the Passport Program. A limited number of tickets are available for each production.

Education Subscription

We want you to become more familiar with Geva and enjoy the full range of our productions as you plan your students’ experiences. Geva offers a discounted education subscription package for teachers and other educators. A current school ID for full-time teachers, student teachers, school administrators, guidance counselors, school librarians, and other school faculty and staff is needed for verification (this offer excludes some performances and seating locations). To learn about our Education Subscription, call the Geva Box Office: (585) 232-4382.

Evening and Public Performances 

We also welcome student groups to our evening performances and public matinees – with many of the benefits of our Student Matinee Series programming! A complete performance schedule is available on our website: To reserve tickets for evening performances or public matinees, contact the Box Office at (585) 232-4382, then let Geva’s education department know of your plans to attend so that we may include you in the production’s educational programming.

William & Sheila Konar

Foundation ESL Charitable Foundation

Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation

Donald F. & Maxine B. Davison Foundation

Rubens Family Foundation

Joseph & Irene Skalny Charitable Trust

Robert and Susan Touhsaent

Richard & Joan Fenton

Elizabeth Rennert

Cornell/Weinstein Family Foundation

Dr. Tomás C. Hernandez & Dr. Keith S. Reas

Kathleen and Alfred Laitenberger

Ames Amzalak Charitable Trust

Summer Academy

Geva Theatre's Young Actor Conservatory

Summer Academy is a four-week professional theatre training program for up to 30 selected young actors, ages 12 to 18, who wish to explore, define and develop the actor in themselves. Open to students of all levels of theatre experience, Summer Academy will provide process-centered training in intimate classes taught by theatre professionals. The summer culminates in a professional showcase. 

2025 Musical Theatre program information and dates will be released in the fall.

Summer Academy Showcase

Saturday August 3rd 2PM

Tickets available starting Friday, July 12th


Education Advisory Committee

Our Education Advisory Committee gives teachers a voice in Geva’s educational programming and provides a strong connection to implement that programming back into the classroom. The committee consists of educators from public, private, and charter schools (elementary, middle school, and high school levels), representing inner city, suburban, and rural schools, and representatives from organizations that act as liaisons between cultural institutions and schools. Typically, the Education Advisory Committee meets once in the fall and once in the spring.

How to Join the Education Advisory Committee

Please contact our Director of Education, Lara Rhyner, at (585) 420-2058, or if you have an interest in joining the advisory committee.

Educator Subscriptions

Investigate the Possibilities

Are you considering opportunities to use theatre visits in combination with your classroom goals? We want you to become more familiar with Geva as you plan your students’ experiences.

Geva offers a discounted Education subscription package for the Wilson stage! A current school ID for full-time teachers, student teachers, principals and school librarians is needed for verification. 

(Seating is available in Section A and Section B and is limited to 1 seat per educator – offer excludes Friday and Saturday evening performances.)

Mailing List

Sign Up for the Education Mailing List

Are you on our education mailing list yet? If not, this is your first step!

To stay updated on Education opportunities at Geva like Summer Academy, young artist workshops, and more, contact our Education Assistant at (585) 420-2052 or via email to subscribe. Please include your name, phone number, and email address, and let us know if you have any particular areas of interest.

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Geva Theatre’s artist-educators are integrated into the theatre’s education programming to teach Geva’s artistic work to students in a variety of settings. Each year, Geva’s education and community programs serve over 16,000 students with in-school workshops, theatre trips, artist visits and demonstrations.



Geva's Education Staff

We're Your Resource Too

We are always thrilled to discover how our work can fuel your teaching goals and inspire your students. We would be honored to serve as a resource for educators and students by providing resources, offering support and curricular inspiration, sharing in conversations with educators, or visiting your classroom to join a discussion with your students about any aspect of theatre.

Please feel free to call or email Lara Rhyner or Olivia Spenard to share how we may be of assistance to you and your students.

Contact Information

Lara Rhyner
Director of Education
(585) 420-2058

Olivia Spernard
Education Assistant
(585) 420-2052