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Measuring Impact
In a review of data over the past three school years, classrooms participating in the Lantern's Illumination residency program have shown improved attendance and PSSA proficiency results more than 20% higher in both writing and math than non-participating students. Additionally, participating students display a greater sense of self-respect, discipline, and cooperation among their peers. For more information, please contact Joshua Browns, Education Director, at 215.829.9002 x104 or jbrowns@
Education: Illumination

Learning opportunities extend far beyond the classroom.

Our award-winning education program engages local students in the world of theater and nurtures their artistic expression, reaching the Greater Philadelphia region through discount matinee performances, in-school residencies, and after school drama clubs.

We look forward to working with you to create a unique theater experience for your students. To talk about your specific needs, please contact Joshua Browns, Education Director, at 215.829.9002 x104 or

Student Matinees – now accepting reservations!

Bring your students to enjoy special weekday morning performances that will enrich your classroom curriculum! Your reservation includes discounted tickets, lesson plans, study guides, and post-show talkbacks with the cast.

The Taming of the Shrew
Tuesday, April 7  limited availability
Wednesday, April 8  SOLD OUT
Tuesday, April 14  limited availability
Wednesday, April 15  SOLD OUT
Thursday, April 16  limited availability
Tuesday, April 21  SOLD OUT
Wednesday, April 22  limited availability
Tuesday, April 28  SOLD OUT
Wednesday, April 29  new!
Thursday, April 30  limited availability

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Tuesday, June 9

Student tickets for weekday morning matinees are $15 each. One free chaperone ticket is provided for each ten student tickets purchased.

Study Guides
Guides include detailed play/playwright information, thought-provoking questions, context and themes, and additional materials designed to aid educators in planning show-related classroom activities. Lesson plans meet national and state standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Language Arts, and Theater Arts.

All students will be invited to a post-show talk with the members of the cast, giving them the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the performance.

Public Performances

Academic rates for student groups of 10 or more are available for all public performances. Your group reservation includes a FREE educator ticket and study guides to help prepare students for the performance.

Student tickets for public performances start at just $15. One free chaperone ticket is provided for each ten student tickets purchased.  submit inquiry

Classroom Connections: In-School Residencies

Lantern teaching artists visit your classroom to supplement your humanities or drama curricula. Our residencies are unique in that the primary focus is to support student learning using the tools and techniques of theater to enhance already-assigned curricula, rather than seeking to increase students' facility or appreciation of the theatrical art form itself. We will work closely with you to design a program that best fits your scheduled classroom topics and the personalities of your students.

"Lantern Theater Company is the city's top presenter of Shakespeare's work." –
Shakespeare Mini-Residency Program
Appropriate for middle and high schools, classrooms participating in this annual program receive an eleven-lesson curriculum centered on the Lantern's annual Shakespeare production and four classroom visits from a team of two Lantern teaching artists. The residency culminates in a visit to the Lantern to see a student matinee performance and a post-show talkback with the education director and members of the cast. Our Shakespeare production for the 2014/15 season is the classic comedy The Taming of the Shrew.

Full Residency Program
Our residency program is built around curricular material from the recommended Pennsylvania state curriculum and can be adapted for various grade levels to supplement your humanities or drama curricula. Participating schools receive a copy of the full ten-lesson residency curriculum and ten visits from a team of two Lantern teaching artists. Residencies conclude with an in-school performance, created and performed by your students. Existing residencies being offered for the 2013/14 season are Romeo and Juliet for 9th graders, and Julius Caesar and To Kill a Mockingbird for 10th graders.

Custom-Designed Programs
We are happy to custom-design a residency for any topic, subject, or grade level.

Financial Aid
Schools with demonstrated financial need may be eligible for price reductions, scholarships, and stipends to cover transportation costs.

For More Information

To talk about your specific needs, please contact Joshua Browns, Education Director, at 215.829.9002 x104 or
Pictured: Local students participate in the Lantern's award-winning Illumination program. Photo: Karyn Lyman.
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Header Photo: Geoff Sobelle in Hamlet (2009), David Ingram and Luigi Sottile in The Government Inspector (2008), Forrest McClendon and Lawrence Stallings in Sizwe Bansi Is Dead (2009), and Kristyn Chouiniere and Paul L. Nolan in The Hothouse (2008). Photos by Jeffrey Stockbridge.

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