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.

For inquiries about the Project Discovery program, please contact Matt Tibbs at (401) 453-9220 or mtibbs@trinityrep.com.

2020-21 School Year

Because gathering in-person for performances will not be safe or practical this year, Trinity Rep has delayed in-person shows until fall 2021. A Christmas Carol will be offered as a free, online production beginning in late November. Educators who wish to view it with their students will have access to resources including study guides. To get a notice when free registration opens for A Christmas Carol, sign up here.

Additionally, study guides will be available throughout the year for other topics to be announced soon.

Past Performances and Study Guides

Directed by Jude Sandy
Age Recommendations: 13+

The struggle between history and progress

Real estate developer and entrepreneur Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh and is on a mission to revive his blighted childhood neighborhood. As Wilks confronts the past, he is forced to question how pursuing change could put his neighborhood’s history at risk. Both moving and funny, Radio Golf is the culmination of August Wilson’s ten-play American Century Cycle chronicling each decade of African-American life in the twentieth century.

Learn more about August Wilson’s Radio Golf  in our Study Guide. For our video Study Guide for this show, click here.

By Brian McEleney
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky
Age Recommendations: 13+

Love, redemption, and revolution

Against the tumultuous backdrop of social and political upheaval emerges a passionate story of romance, sacrifice, and vengeance. This fresh new adaptation fuses the late 18th century with the contemporary, bringing the epic and universal face to face with the intensely intimate and personal. “The best of times and the worst of times” are brought to vivid and musical life on stage in this remarkable approach to the time-honored classic.

Learn more about A Tale of Two Cities in our Study Guide.

By Charles Dickens with original music by Richard Cumming | Directed by Kate Bergstrom
Age Recommendation: 8+

Celebrating 41 years at Trinity Rep, Rhode Island’s family holiday tradition brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to the stage in a glorious re-telling of the classic story that has delighted and inspired millions.

Learn more about A Christmas Carol in our ACC 2019 Study guide.

By Tanya Saracho
Age Recommendations: 13+
Project Discovery Performance Date: Dec. 13

Culture, class, and the price of ambition

Lucia is understandably nervous. It’s day one at her first TV writing job. As a Mexican-born novelist, she may actually be the “diversity hire” she’s heard whispers about. Uncertain whether she can make a place for herself in cutthroat Hollywood, at least she feels less alone when she meets Abel, the Latino janitor. They form a bond and share stories, but it turns out that what Lucia gains from their friendship is not what Abel expects in this witty dramatic comedy about class, integrity, and culture.

Learn more in our study guide for Fade.

Workshop Pricing

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.

  • $60 for 45 minutes
  • $80 for 1 hour
  • $100 for 90 minutes
  • $120 for 2 hours

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

Booking

  • Complete the Student Matinee (PD) booking form by clicking here.
  • All forms will be processed in the order that they are received and you will get an automatic response confirming the time that we received your order.
  • Your school’s ticket request will be processed by the theater’s box office within 7-10 business days.
  • You will receive a hard copy of your order and important details in the mail for you to keep and review.

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, contact Matthew Tibbs at mtibbs@trinityrep.com or (401) 453-9220.