Thank You

The Z’s education programs are highly subsidized in order to keep costs affordable for all. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we help serve more than 30,000 children annually.


Grimshaw Gudewicz Foundation

New Bedford
Day Nursery

National Endowment
for the Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts

Bristol County
Savings Bank

Cultural Council

The New Bedford
Whaling Museum

Joseph Barry Co., LLC

And our members.



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Education at the Z!
We believe a performing arts center has the ability to galvanize and transform a community and are committed to Encourage and enrich young people and the community’s participation, experience and understanding of the world, their community and the arts. As a response to this goal close to 2/3 of our programming is educational or community based.

Quietly (and not so quietly) at work outside of the main stage spotlight, The Z’s Arts in Education program serves to enrich the lives of children and adults in our community through a broad range of learning opportunities. The Z’s approach to arts education is both unique and highly effective. The Z provides a diversity of programs that deepen, strengthen and develop children’s curiosity and creativity - opening a world of possibilities.

For Grades Pre-K-12

Performing Arts Centers have the unique ability, through their programs, to engage and excite children in the learning process. Each year, The Z has sought to provide a diversity of programs that deepen, strengthen and develop children’s curiosity and creativity - opening a world of possibilities. We believe that Art is the spark that activates young minds - stimulating creative capacities, developing skills and abilities, and promoting lifelong success.

The Z’s SCHOOLTIME Performance Programs annually offer two-dozen quality curriculum-based performances to more than 30,000 schoolchildren in grades pre-K-12 and serves schools throughout southeastern Massachusetts. The Z also offers in-school residencies including mini-performances, workshops and theatre-prep visits. To add greater insight, understanding and interpretation of the content of shows The Z offers on-line curriculum guides and pre and post-performance question and answer sessions with performing artists and their companies.

2015 – 2016 School Time Brochure
Our SchoolTime Series features some of the world's most respected and famed theatrical, dance and musical companies – incredible shows performed by artists celebrated throughout the world!

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In-School Workshops & Residencies
For select performances The Z offers in-school workshops conducted by some of the most talented
and creative artists of dance, theatre and music in the world. Designed to enrich and deepen your students' experience with the arts, these workshops also excite and engage students, provide greater insight, understanding and interpretation of the content matter, and enhance the theatre experience..
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Professional Development Opportunites for Teachers
The Z offers professional development workshops that provide teachers with performing arts-based skills to teach core curriculum. These high quality, in-depth workshops help teachers learn how to integrate the arts into the classroom.

Pre and Post-Performance Discussions
Many of our performances are enhanced with interactive, informal discussions between the audience and special guests, performing artists and their companies. Discussions include an exploration of the themes, the art form, and opportunities for questions and answers.

Grant Opportunities
The Z recognizes that budgets are under great strain, therefore listed below are resources that may be useful when looking for assistance in funding tickets, transportation, and costs for our Educational Programs.

  • LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL Field Trip Grant (formerly the PASS Grant)
    The postmark deadline is October 15.
    Applications are available here.
    Please note: grants from LCCs are reimbursement based.
    The applicant must purchase tickets in advance, and if approved for a grant, then submit paperwork to the LCC for reimbursement. The LCC Field Trip Grant funds field trips to attend
    a performance at The Z for children, grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12, by subsidizing the
    cost of admission. Applicants may be parents, teachers, administrators, PTA/PTOs, neighborhood centers or civic organizations. Public, private, and parochial schools are all eligible for LCC Field Trip Grants. *Not all towns fund the Field Trip Grant. Check with your local cultural council.
  • BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUS: $200 grants awarded to meet the transportation costs of field trips. Rolling Applications on a first received, first funded basis.
  • TARGET Field Trip Grants: Application cycle opens on August 1, 2014 for field trips taking place from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

Additional funding sources may be available. We will post grant opportunities on our website as they become available.

For more information call 508 997 5664

ZeiterionCurriculum Guides
Teacher Curriculum Guides are available to make each of our performances as meaningful as possible for students. These guides are helpful in preparing students for an enjoyable and educational theatre experience. Included are discussion topics, resource materials, and classroom activities that extend the impact of the performance and promote learning across the curriculum.

Download our 2015/2016 Curriculum Guides:

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea | Click Here
Charlotte's Web | Click Here
A Christmas Carol | Click Here
Goodnight Moon | Click Here
Hear My Voice | Click Here
Junie B. Jones | Click Here
Moby Dick | Click Here
Out of Bounds | Click Here
Raisin' Cane Part 1 | Click Here
Raisin' Cane Part 2 | Click Here
The Glass Castle | Click Here
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe | Click Here
Through the Eyes of a Friend | Click Here
Toying With Science | Click Here
Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks | Click Here
Where The Wild Things Are | Click Here

Directions to The Z
6684 Purchase Street, Downtown New Bedford
Please plan to arrive at the theatre 20 minutes before performance time

From Points North: Take Route 24 South to exit 12 (Route 140 South). Continue on Route 140 to exit 2E (Route 195 East) and follow as stated below.

From Points East or West: Take Route 195 to exit 15 (Route 18/Downtown). Move to the center lane and at the second set of lights take a right (onto Union Street). Proceed up Union Street and take a left at the fourth set of lights (South Sixth Street). Follow South Sixth Street and take your first left onto Spring Street. Continue down Spring Street until you reach the intersection of Spring Street and Purchase Street. When space is available pull up alongside the Zeiterion to disembark.

Bus Parking: Buses are sent to the ferry parking lot (Whale's Tooth Parking Lot). It is located on the street that runs parallel to Route 18 (Macarthur Drive into Acushnet Avenue). It is very important that your bus parks at this lot only. In order to dismiss easily and in a timely manner, it is essential that we know where all the buses are located.

Arrival /Dismissal Policies

Please allow yourself plenty of time to get here. If you are going to be late please call The Z at 508-997-5664 so that we may try to make adjustments. As seating can take time, PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE AT THE THEATRE 20 MINUTES BEFORE PERFORMANCE TIME.

Buses should stop alongside the north side of The Z (Spring Street). Please do not disembark until met by a Zeiterion staff member. The bus driver and one teacher will be given corresponding bus numbers used for dismissal. The Z does its best to seat large groups together, however if buses arrive separately, groups may be broken up.

Once inside, please make final seating arrangements after you've been assigned a section by an usher. We ask that you be seated first and then make any necessary changes.

Following the performance, departure is coordinated from the stage by a Zeiterion staff member. Buses are called by the bus numbers assigned upon arrival. Please note that buses are not always called numerically. Your patience here is appreciated.

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Theatre Behavior
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Frequently Asked Questions

When should we book?
Our shows are extremely popular. Please make your request early to avoid disappointment. Once
a performance has been selected and confirmed by The Z, make sure the date is on your school's master calendar. Our reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and it may be difficult to reschedule if a conflict develops.

Who do we call with a performance or booking question?
Call 508-997-5664 Monday-Friday between 9AM and 5PM.

Who/What is the School Representative?
The SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE is responsible for notifying The Z of any changes to the reservation before and after the payment deadline. Notice of cancellation must be made 60 days prior to performance. Cancellations made less than 60 days will not be refunded.

How long are the performances?
Performances are approximately 60 minutes, unless otherwise noted.

How much are tickets?
Performance prices range from $8 to $12 each. See ticket request form for specific prices. With every 10 tickets purchased, you receive 1 free adult/chaperone ticket. Additional chaperones and parents are welcome to attend the performances at the published ticket price.

When do we pay?
Invoices are mailed upon receipt of your request form. Payment (or purchase order) AND any changes in the number attending are due 60 days prior to the performance. If you require additional paperwork to process the payment, please contact The Z staff early in the reservation process. If neither payment nor a purchase order is received at least 60 days prior to the performance your seats may be released to the next school on the waiting list.

What are the cancellation policies?
All cancellations must be made in writing. If you need to cancel, please write in large black letters "CANCEL" on the order form and fax it to 508-999-5956. Please call our office, 508-997-5664 to confirm your fax has been received. Cancellations must be made 60 days prior to day of show. No refund will be issued if your order is not cancelled within the 60 day time frame. When you cancel in a timely manner, we are able to offer classes on the "wait list" the opportunity to attend.

Cancellations by The Z rarely occur, but if they do, you will receive a full refund.

What happens if the weather is bad on the day of the performance?
The Z is contractually obligated to pay artists regardless of weather conditions. If your school is cancelled due to bad weather, The Z cannot refund your payment, but with your written request, we will try to accommodate your group at another performance.

How do I prepare my students for the performance?
Discuss proper behavior and etiquette for viewing a live performance (CLICK HERE). Complimentary study guides are available on our website for most performances.

How do we arrange for special assistance?
The Z will gladly make the necessary arrangements and accommodations but can only do so with sufficient notice. Please notify us at the time of booking if anyone needs special assistance (wheelchair, hearing-impaired, etc.).

What if the performance I choose is sold out?
If you send in a request for a performance that is already sold out, you will be notified that your group has been placed on a waiting list. If seating becomes available, groups will be contacted in the order in which their request form was received. At that time, immediate confirmation of your desire to attend, along with payment in full, is required, or seats will be offered to the next wait-listed group.


The Zeiterion Theatre | 684 Purchase Street | New Bedford, MA 02740 | (508) 994-2900