Schooltime Program

The Z’s SchoolTime series encourages learning through the arts – a new way for students to engage with the Massachusetts curriculum standards. Each performance has been curated to partner with the learning happening in Greater New Bedford classrooms. In this way, visiting the theater is an extension of the classroom and another resource for our local educators!

Each year the program offers two-dozen quality performances to nearly 20,000 schoolchildren in grades pre-K to 12 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 shows’ contents, The Z offers on-line curriculum guides and pre- and post-performance Q & A sessions with the performing artists and their companies.

Prepare students for
their visit to the theatre!


50 States in 60 Minutes

Call of the Wild

Layer the Walls

Math Maniac

A Christmas Carol

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr

Pete the Cat

ArcAttack: Engineering Rules!

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks

County of Kings

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Hear My Voice: Win the Vote

Number the Stars


Llama Llama

Dr KaBoom & the Wheel of Science

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day

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 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.

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.

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 and donors.

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 curriculum guides



This project is supported in part by an award from
the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, or by email to Korey Pimental at
  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%.