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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.


  • All student matinees are on weekdays at 10:30 am.

  • Main Stage matinees are curated for middle and high school students (Please see show details for age appropriateness). Cost: $15 each.

  • GALita matinees are curated for elementary school students. Cost: $10 each.

  • For every 20 students, you get one free educator ticket

  • Bilingual study guides contain information on the play, synopsis, themes, history, supplemental materials, and more.

  • Programs are designed to be aligned with Common Core ELA standards and with DCPS Arts Standards.

  • Students engage in a post-performance discussion centered on the students' viewing experience.

  • Teachers can receive one complimentary ticket to a public performance. For more information about complimentary tickets and reservations, please read our Policies and Procedures.

You can now reserve your date for any 2024-2025 season student matinee by clicking on the "Reservation Form" button below!

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For ages 5-12

Inspired by the childhood of legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Frida Libre is an uplifting story featuring delightful songs that explore the meaning of friendship, bravery, and transformation.



For ages 5-12

Spain, Africa, and Pre-Columbian America are revealed through their stories, full of magical meaning and popular spirit. This Dominican folktale expresses what we are today.



In Spanish with English surtitles

For ages 13 and up

A raucous tale of “a beautiful crime” that delves into several hidden themes of our day, from empathy and immigration, to love in times of hatred, and the universal need to find refuge in a place, person, or a feeling.


In Spanish with English surtitles

For ages 13 and up

Perhaps Lope de Vega's most performed work, this play  addresses the people's right to rebel against the abuse of power. A story about what happens to an arrogant, corrupt, and ruthless government when citizens unite, take up arms, and confront authority.


For children and youth ages 5 and up

Sara Jerez and Richard Marlowe lead an interactive performance with castanets, fans, and zapateo demonstrations for students.


In Spanish with English surtitles

For ages 13 and up

A family medical crisis unleashes intergenerational conflict in the Guerrero family that mirrors the battle that the family has to fight against a corporation. With humor, this work portrays today's American society.

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