GALA provides access to a high-quality theater education experience in a bilingual environment where students and teachers can connect and learn more about the diversity of Latin-American and Hispanic arts and cultures. Through student matinees, GALA strives to share the excitement of the theatre, introduce cultural heritage, enrich knowledge of Latino/a/x culture, and inspire the next generation of theatre makers, theatre-goers, and artists.
For each student matinee, we provide bilingual study guides that contain information on the play, synopsis, themes, history, supplemental materials, and more. These are shared six (6) weeks before the performance. After the performance, a GALA artist engages the students in a post-performance discussion centered on the students' viewing experience. Teachers may request copies of the script to be used for educational purposes only.
New this year! Teachers on the student matinee reservation will receive one free complimentary teacher admission to an evening or weekend of the show that corresponds to their student matinee reservation, once the invoice for the student matinee has been paid in full. Subject to availability.
Mainstage student matinees are appropriate for students in middle and high schools. GALita matinees are curated for students in elementary school. All programs are designed to be aligned with the Common Core ELA standards, promoting literacy, improving language skills, and increasing knowledge about history and literature, and with DCPS Arts Standards.
Student matinee reservations will be capped at 150 through December 2021, with the potential to add more capacity in 2022. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status. Read our complete COVID-19 Safety Policy here.
Bilingual Study Guides (available six weeks before first performance of corresponding show)
Please continue scrolling to view show descriptions, dates, and up-to-date availability for the 2021-2022 school year.