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Educational Programs

Educational Programs

Texas Performing Arts offers area schools five educational programs designed to inspire the next generation: 

  • Youth Performances
  • Students Experiencing Arts with their Teachers (SEAT)
  • Teacher Tix @ TPA
  • Performing Arts and Academic Connection (PAAC)
  • Behind-the-Scenes Career and STEAM Tours

Youth Performances

Each season, Texas Performing Arts selects two touring companies to provide free daytime performances to Central Texas schools. These select Essential Series performances are for students in grades 6-12.

In addition to offering a unique cultural experience, TPA Staff provides corresponding TEKS-based educational resources to build reading, writing, research, and analytical thinking skills.

Bus grants available

View 2019-20 Youth Performances here

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Youth Performance Seating Request Form

Students Experiencing Arts With Their Teachers (SEAT)

Complimentary tickets are available for educators to bring small groups of students to performances, allowing curriculum connections to culture, history, critical analysis, and writing.

These tickets to select Essential Series performances are available to small groups in grades 6–12. For larger groups, $10 student tickets are available for most performances.

SEAT 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 as early as possible.

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  2019-20 SEAT REQUEST

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Teacher Tix @ TPA

We’re excited to offer Teacher Tix @ TPA, a new program that provides grade 6-12 educators a complimentary pair of tickets to select Essential Series performances in appreciation of their work shaping future generations of artists and arts appreciators.

Sign up to receive periodic emails with a list of educator-specific offers and invitations.

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Performing Arts and Academic Connection (PAAC)

Texas Performing Arts partnered with Bastrop and Elgin ISD in the 2018-19 school year with the Performing Arts and Academic Connection (PAAC) program. TPA staff members collaborated with Language Arts teachers in these districts to provide related, standards-based lessons that provide an academic connection to performing arts. Participating students attended two performances this year: one on-site at our Texas Performing Arts venue and one on their school campus.

Seventh grade students saw Ragamala Dance Company's Written in Water in Bass Concert Hall and UT's student-run improv group "Gigglepants” in Bastrop. Bastrop ISD’s Colorado River Collegiate Academy students saw Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar in Bass Concert Hall and "Gigglepants” in Bastrop.

The PAAC program previously ran for eight years in Del Valle ISD. 

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

Behind-The-Scenes Career and STEAM Tours

TPA staff members lead Behind-The-Scenes Career tours backstage, introducing students to highly-skilled staff members.  Our tours are centered around career paths in areas such as audio, lighting, scenery design, and prop making. We also offer tours that focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) skills that required in these roles.

Limited availability.

Theater Etiquette

Coming to a Youth Performance at Bass Concert Hall? Learn more about Theater Etiquette when you attend.

Texas Performing Arts Theatre Etiquette from Texas Performing Arts on YouTube.

Brenda Simms, Education and Curriculum Development

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H-E-B Tournament of Champions

Education and youth programs are made possible thanks to the support of H-E-B Tournament of Champions and the generosity of donors like you

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