Education & Outreach Opportunities at Aurora Theatre


Student Matinee Performances

SafeHouse 300x200Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 12:00 noon
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 12:00 noon

SAFE HOUSE by Keith Josef Adkins
Directed by L. Peter Callender

All tickets are free for local high schools.

Aurora Theatre Company presents a special student matinee performance of Safe House by Keith Josef Adkins, the second show in our 25th Anniversary Season. This is a special 12:00 noon full performance of the play in our beautiful 150-seat theater in downtown Berkeley, followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast. There will be one 10-minute intermission (bag lunches are recommended; food is not permitted inside the auditorium). The event (including the Q&A) will end by 3:00pm.

Click to learn more about Safe House.

This program supports the California State Education Standards in History-Social Science and Visual & Performing Arts.

Call 510-843-4042 x314 or email with questions or to reserve tickets for your school.

Funding for student matinees at Aurora Theatre Company is provided in part by the Union Bank Foundation.



Stay after the performance for a spirited exchange focused on the play’s ideas and process of creation. What was the playwright's intent? What choices did the director make in bringing the story to life? What ideas did the actors bring to the table? What are you feeling and thinking about the play now that it’s over? A member of Aurora’s artistic team facilitates this 20-minute discussion. Free.

2016/2017 Talk-Back Dates

Tuesdays: Sept 13, Nov 15, Feb 7, Apr 25, Jul 4, Mar 21
Wednesdays: Sept 21, Nov 23, Feb 15, May 3, Jul 12, Mar 29
Thursdays: Sept 29, Dec 1, Feb 23, May 11, Jul 20, Apr 6
Fridays: Sept 9, Nov 11, Feb 3, Apr 21, Jun 30, Mar 17

Additional Talk-Backs can also be scheduled for larger groups. Please contact the Box Office for details: 510.843.4822 or

5 Reasons to Bring Your Student Group to Aurora Theatre

  1. It's easy to get here
    Aurora is just 1-1/2 blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Click here for directions.

  2. Discounted tickets
    We offer special discounts for students and groups to our regular performances. Click here for more information.

  3. Reinforcement of CA Dept. of Education Content Standards
    Creative reinforcement of content standards including Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, Historical and Cultural Context, and Aesthetic Valuing.

  4. Specially designed workshops and talk-backs
    We can design Pre-Show Classroom Workshops or Post-Show Talk-Backs for groups of 20 or more. Email to find out more.
  1. Fantastic downtown Berkeley location
    Make an event out of it! Enjoy lunch or dinner (and discounts) at one of our many restaurant partners nearby.


New Play Development: Originate+Generate

Aurora’s new play development program, Originate+Generate, offers readings and other public events to help playwrights create their work and offer audiences a chance to glimpse the play-development process. Click here for more information on Originate+Generate.


Questions about education at Aurora? Email our education team at

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