K12 School Partner Program: 2018-2019

“"Students left UMD intrigued and inspired today by the performance of Antigone. The buses were all 'buzzing' with their perspective of the performance and student conversation regarding the performance!"
-The Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator from Northwestern High School

We think everyone should have the opportunity to explore the world through the arts, which is why we launched our K12 School Partner Program in 2014. This series of matinee performances provide students with the opportunity to experience live arts and creative conversations with both established and emerging artists. The program offers deeply discounted tickets, transportation subsidies, free tickets for chaperones and study guides to help teachers and students prepare.

Register your class for an event

To bring your classes to events in this series, please complete and submit the Registration and Transportation Scholarship Form. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email. For any questions, please contact Jane Hirshberg.

Upcoming Student Matinee Performances

Most events begin at 10.30 AM and are approximately one hour unless otherwise noted.


School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 

Little Shop of Horrors

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018                      
Recommended for: Grades 6 - 12

Seymour’s just another jerk working down on Skid Row when opportunity falls into his lap in the form of a carnivorous, conniving—not to mention singing—new plant that promises to fulfill his every wish in exchange for human blood! A smash-hit, sci-fi musical comedy with a gleefully witty Motown/pop-rock score.  


Artist Partner Program Visiting Artist Series

Sphinx Virtuosi 

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
Recommended for: Grades 3 - 8
These 18 players are among the nation’s acclaimed Black and Latino professional solo instrumentalists and chamber musicians. With an electrifying and haunting program, Music Without Borders, featuring works by Shostakovich, Cassadó, and Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, these cultural ambassadors share the journey of various communities from around the world who seek peace, harmony, and refuge from hardship due to conflict.  

Artist Partner Program Visiting Artist Series

Alsarah and the Nubatones

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
Recommended for: Grades 3 - 8
When singer Alsarah left her native Sudan, music served as her coping mechanism during her transition to life here in the U.S. Her group’s one-of-a-kind concert celebrations draws influence from Nubian Songs of Return and East African pop from the '60s and 70's, exploring the richness in sound of cross-cultural exchanges through a seamless blend of vocals with percussion, bass, and oud. 


Artist Partner Program Visiting Artist Series

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 
Recommended for: Grades 8 - 12
Often described as the “young company”, NDT2 is a tour de force of the Nederlands Dans Theater organization. Hailed by The New York Times as “pliant, exquisite technicians with superb musicality and sense of dynamics,” these international dancers aged 18-23 fill the stage with breathtaking exuberance, astonishing athleticism and an awe-inspiring skill. The future is here! 

School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 

Hamlet – That is the Question

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019  
Recommended for: Grades 6 - 12               
Hamlet finds himself knee-deep in a personal and political quagmire. But the politics and scandal in Shakespeare’s classic tragedy are nothing compared to the political discord and global uncertainty of today. This student-driven, devised theater piece, adapted from the Bard’s tale, imagines a new cast of greedy, divisive leaders — and a new generation to challenge them and liberate themselves. 


Artist Partner Program Visiting Artist Series

Kid Koala: Satellite Turntable Orchestra

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 at 11:00AM      
Recommended for: Grades 5 - 9 
@Milkboy ArtHouse 
DJ Kid Koala shares a collection of atmospheric tracks, and invites audience members to contribute through mini turntable stations with color-coded custom vinyl and effects processors provided at each table. A total DIY and fun event! 


School of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Recital

Friday, May 10, 2019         
Recommended for: Grades 6 - 12      
Encouraged to nurture their authentic artistic voices, undergraduate dance students set new works of art into motion in this concert of original choreography. Paired with faculty and graduate student mentors and in collaboration with student designers, these short works span multiple dance styles and are as diverse as the students themselves.