Tickets ordered after December 16 may not arrive in time for holiday gift giving. You can always pick up your tickets during our expanded holiday hours: Dec 16: 10:00-7:00; Closed Dec 17; Dec 18-23: 10:00–9:00; Christmas Eve 10:00-1:00! 508-994-2900

Schooltime Program

The Z’s SCHOOLTIME Performance Programs annually offers two-dozen quality curriculum-based performances to nearly 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.

Prepare students for their visit to the theatre! Download a PDF of the Zeiterion’s Schooltime Social Story.

In-School Workshops and 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 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.

Pre and Post-Performance Discussion
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.

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

Professional Development Opportunities 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.

Special 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 nearly 30,000 children annually.

Thank You!
Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation
New Bedford Day Nursery
National Endowment for the Arts
The New Bedford Cultural Council
Bristol County Savings Bank
Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Island Foundation
Barry Investment Advisors
And our members.

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.

How to Sign Up

  1. Fill out the online request form or download and complete the form here.
  2. Return the form by fax to 508-999-5956, by mail to Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford MA 02740 or by email to
  3. Upon receipt of your form or online submission, we will send you an order confirmation, invoice and curriculum guide.
  4. Final payment is due 30 days prior to the performance. Day-of or post-performance payments are not permitted.
  5. Arrive at the show!

Please note: Notification of changes in attendance numbers must be made in writing. Changes within 60 days of the performance reducing the original number of seats ordered are allowed only up to 10%.