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 School Partnerships Manager Matt Tibbs at (401) 453-9220 or

For questions about your Project Discovery order, or to make adjustments, please contact Baron Pugh at (401) 453-9260 or

2020-21 Season

Tickets for the 2020-21 Project Discovery Season will go on sale this summer. In the meantime, here are resources for you and your students. The Educational Resources page has links to study guides for past shows that include discussion questions and exercises. The Virtual Classes page lists classes that your students may be interested in participating in.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Curt Columbus
Age Recommendations: 13+

A bloody brilliant Tony Award-winning musical

An indisputable masterpiece by America’s greatest living Broadway composer and lyricist, this is a heart-pounding thriller set on the seedy side streets of 19th-century London. Filled with diabolical humor and extraordinary music, this eight-time Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of an exiled barber’s quest to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family. Sweeney Todd is a beautiful, soaring dark comedy filled with stunning terror that will leave you gasping!

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Christie Vela
Age Recommendations: 13+

The unintended consequences of community without opportunity

Warm humor and tremendous heart permeate this Pulitzer Prize-winner and hit Broadway play. Deep in the Rust Belt, blue collar factory workers swear by longtime friendships that seem unbreakable. These women spend their days working at physically-demanding jobs and their evenings laughing over drinks and dreaming of retirement. But mistrust, pride, and the economic pressures from a changing America introduce fissures in the foundation of this chosen family. Soon the bonds shatter, forever altering the path of two generations.

By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Jude Sandy
Age Recommendations: 13+

This stunning Pulitzer-prize winner begins simply: It’s Grandma’s birthday, and Beverly needs the family’s celebration to be perfect. But her husband is no help, her sister is getting into the wine, her brother hasn’t arrived, and her teenage daughter’s secrets threaten to derail the day. Then, this family comedy takes a surprising turn, becoming an unpredictable and thrillingly theatrical experience that boldly confronts perceptions of race and identity.

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Directed by Brian McEleney
Age Recommendations: 13+

Amid the chaos of war and religious persecution, Anne Frank and her family remain confined within their attic refuge struggling to survive. Though she faces unimaginable fear, Anne continues to find hope and beauty in the world. This haunting and inspiring story illuminates one of the darkest periods of human history and celebrates the power of the human spirit. From the director of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Grapes of Wrath.

By Deborah Salem Smith
Directed by Jessie Austrian
Age Recommendations: 13+

Brisk, playful, and moving, this contemporary adaptation of Anna Karenina highlights the epic romances and fierce friendships at the heart of Tolstoy’s masterpiece. Anna, Dolly, and Kitty recount the stories of their tumultuous love affairs, the freedom and restrictions that come from those romances, and the strength they find in one other. Each discovers in her own way that lasting passion comes from continuing to fall hopelessly in love every day, not from the magic that comes ‘at first sight.’

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.

Performance Pricing

  • $16 per student ticket ($18 per student ticket to A Christmas Carol December performances)
  • 1 free adult ticket per 15 students
  • Each additional adult ticket will be $28
  • $13 for bench seating (available for A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, and Sweeney Todd only)

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.


  • 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, school partnerships manager, at or (401) 453-9220.