The Power of Live Theatre

The arts are essential to the basic education of all students, no matter their age. The experience of watching a play, acting onstage or actively participating in drama activities in the classroom encourages the development of a broad range of 21st century skills, including creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.

Each year, the Playhouse connects more than 50,000 students with the power of live theatre. Browse this section to learn more about the programs we offer for schools.

Seasonal support for our education and outreach programs is provided by the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation and Hearst Foundation Inc.


Outreach Touring Plays

Our Touring Company delivers live, professional theatre to your school with relevant and age-appropriate productions! Each play includes a Q&A session with the cast, an educator's guide and FREE pre- and/or post-show workshops through the Class Act! Program.

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Study Guides

Members of our education staff develop custom, supplemental educator's guides for in-classroom use in conjunction with the Playhouse's outreach tours and school matinees.

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Student Matinees

A lifelong love of theatre often starts with a school bus ride to see a student matinee performance at the Playhouse. These matinees are the same professional productions staged for evening and weekend audiences, and include a Q&A session with the cast, an educator's guide and FREE pre- and/or post-show workshops through the Class Act! Program.

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Enrichment Programs

We work with you to create longer residencies that use drama to explore specific areas of your curriculum, from literature, history and science to topical issues, such as conflict resolution or teamwork. Our arts educators provide support for enrichment activities, drama elective classes and theatre integration workshops for teacher development.


School Workshops

Our Expanded School Workshops deepen learning in core subjects through theatre. Playhouse teaching artists offer experiential, public speaking, dramatic interpretation and enrichment day workshops held inside the classroom. The workshops underscore standards in the common core and provide a differentiated learning experience for your students.


Backstage Tours

There's so much more to the Playhouse than what you see on stage. Bring your students for an insider's peek at Cincinnati's Tony Award-winning theatre!


Kathleen Wise, Livvy Stubenrauch, Austin Vaughan and Bruce Cromer in A Christmas Carol; Photo by Mikki Schaffner. Promotional photos for The Last Firefly and Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.