Project Discovery has given more than 1.4 million students the chance to experience live professional theater at a discounted rate through student matinees. Through Project Discovery, we offer study guides, in-school workshops, and residencies for students, as well as professional development and preview nights for teachers.

Each season, we select an educational centerpiece show which is curriculum-tied as our Project Discovery Plus play. When a group purchases tickets to a Project Discovery performance, they receive a comprehensive written study guide PLUS up to three, free in-school workshops with their students. These workshops are led by our education and artistic staff as well as our actors and sometimes the creative team and can focus on themes, the production itself, Shakespearean language, acting, and more. We also provide a video study guide to be shown in the classroom. This year’s Project Discovery Plus play is August Wilson’s Fences.


$16/student ticket
$18/student ticket (December A Christmas Carol only) 
1 free chaperone ticket for every 15 student seats purchased 
$28/ticket for each additional chaperone 

For inquiries about the Project Discovery program, please email

2023-24 School Year

Click here to request tickets!

Upcoming Project Discovery Student Matinees

August Wilson’s Fences

  • Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 am
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 10:00 am
  • Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 10:00 am
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 10:00 am

Click here to read this production’s study guide

Past Project Discovery Student Matinees

Becky Nurse of Salem

The Good John Proctor

La Broa’ (Broad Street)


Workshops or residencies are available for all Project Discovery student matinees. We design these in-class experiences to focus on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: the themes of the play, how an actor prepares a scene, design choices of the production, etc.


  • $100 an hour

Prices may vary if a company actor visits the classroom. Mileage fees apply for locations outside of Providence.

Need help finding a ride? RISCA can help you and your students get to the theater for free through the Big Yellow Bus Grant Program.

For questions about Project Discovery performances or workshops, email