Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

School-Time Pre-K to 12 Education Offerings

Hello educators! The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State extends warm wishes for a school year filled with learning, empathy-building, growth, and fun.

During the 2024–25 school year, we are pleased to offer four, sixty-minute performing-arts events at 10 a.m. at Eisenhower Auditorium. Learn about the School-Time offerings, including Sonia De Los Santos, Step Afrika!, A Year With Frog and Toad, and 360 ALLSTARS. Contact Keith Brainard via email to make Reservations or for information about Field Trip Funding.

Our season offers stories of resilience and hope: the power of dreaming big; the comfort of knowing everyone has their own journey to finding where they belong; cultivating joy despite life’s hardships; and discovering what makes a person unique and celebrating it every day. 

The arts are a powerful tool to open both minds and hearts. We hope you and your learners will have much to discuss in class both prior to and after experiencing a live performance. In addition to the rich, substantive curriculum* we provide for each School-Time Matinee, we are teaming up with the Galaxy Arts in Education program, a partner organization of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Central Intermediate Unit 10, to offer artist residency options that enhance the curriculum integration in your learning environment. For more information, contact Karen Woods, Galaxy program coordinator, at kwoods@ciu10.org.

In addition to the performance descriptions, we‘ll share opportunities to extend your experience at Penn State, making a visit to the Center for the Performing Arts a full-day experience your learners will never forget. Co-Starring YOU, the Center for the Performing Arts’ monthly newsletter for educators and their Pre-K to 12 Learners, will alert you to all we have to offer. Subscribe to Co-Starring YOU by emailing Keith Brainard at kab248@psu.edu.

We can’t wait to see you at the theatre!


* You will be sent an email confirmation immediately after registering. Teaching resources will be sent for the 2024 events beginning Monday, August 19, and for the 2025 events beginning Monday, January 6. Teaching materials highlight subject-area connections, including the PA Standards Aligned/System/Academic Standards; PA Department of Education Learning Standards for Early Childhood; and Science, Technology & Engineering, Environmental Literacy, and Sustainability (STEELS) Standards; LearningForJustice.org educational resources; and other connected learning elements for rich, substantive classroom integration.

Email Medora Ebersole at mde13@psu.edu for more details and additional resources related to the School-Time Matinee events.