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Educational Programs

The Motionhouse [youth performance] lessons were wonderful. I have heard nothing but praise from the teachers about the quality of the lessons, and how well that they support the 8th grade curriculum. Our students appreciated the program even more, due to the design and thoughtfulness of these lessons.

– Bastrop Middle School Principal

Each year we offer free daytime performances for students in grades 7-12 with corresponding educational resources including study guides, worksheets, self-guided digital presentations, and in-school presentations. We also offer complimentary tickets to Essential Series performances that allow teachers to bring small groups of students to enjoy the arts as part of our Students Experiencing Art with Their Teachers Program (S.E.A.T.), as well as behind-the-scenes career tours.

Youth Performances

Through Campus and Community Engagement, Texas Performing Arts offers daytime youth performances especially designed to make a strong impression on youth in grades 7-12. Youth Performances are available free of charge for educators and students in Austin and the Central Texas area. Educational materials are provided in advance and there is a Q & A session for students to ask the performers questions following the performance.

2017-18 Schedule

Fifth House Ensemble Journey LIVE
Thu, Nov 9, 2017, 11 am–12 pm
Bass Concert Hall

Praised by The New York Times for "conviction, authority and finesse," Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an original, interactive live performance of his GRAMMY-nominated score to the video game Journey. Never the same each time it's played, Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person's life passage and their intersections with others.

Ezralow Dance
Fri, Feb 2, 2018, 11 am–12 pm
Bass Concert Hall

Award-winning choreography/director/multimedia artist Daniel Ezralow's unique style of physical expression and articulate choreography has earned him a distinguished reputation as a groundbreaking artist worldwide. With his nine-member dance company, Ezralow mingles contemporary dance with humor, provocative ideas, and impressive video projections. 

Reservations required. The Reservation Request Form will be available August 14, 2017.

Students Experiencing Arts With Their Teachers (S.E.A.T.)

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to distribute complimentary tickets for educators to bring students to performances, incorporating curriculum in culture, history, critical thinking, and writing. These tickets to our main stage performances are available to small groups in grades 7-12. Additionally, $10 student tickets are available for most performances.

S.E.A.T. tickets are distributed based on the time of your request and the level of need. Requests will be accepted up to two weeks before the event. A limited number of tickets are available, so please make your request early.

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Bastrop ISD Performing Arts And Academic Connection (PAAC)

Focused on Bastrop 8th and 11th grade students, each year students attended two live performances, one in Bastrop and one at The University of Texas at Austin. Texas Performing Arts staff collaborated with Bastrop Language Arts teachers to create related lessons that met curricular objectives. The program was piloted in the 2013-2014 school year and successfully continued through the 2016-2017 school year with financial assistance from Texas Commission on the Fine Arts.

Program Goals

  • Expose students to high caliber arts presentations to increase cultural awareness
  • Help students become more invested in their school experience and improve their overall academic performance, specifically in the area of Language Arts
  • Provide firsthand experience on a university campus and interaction with university students

Brenda Simms, Education and Curriculum Development
Phone Number 512.471.2131