The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts provides arts learning and engagement opportunities for all ages. Through student and family performances, lectures, master classes, and workshops with world renowned artists, there are numerous opportunities to enrich the performance experience. We recognize the arts as essential for the development of twenty-first century skills and are excited to open our doors to stimulate dialogue, engage diverse audiences, and create strong curricular connections and partnerships.

2018-19 Student Matinee Series

We proudly offer our Student Matinee Series for Pre-K-12th grade audiences, with our renowned touring artists bringing multi-disciplinary performances connected to Colorado Academic Standards and 21st Century Skills. A perfect college-readiness field trip with easy bus loading and transportation options.

  • For more information on the performances and showtimes, click here.
  • When you’re ready, school groups may use the ticket request form to hold tickets until confirmed.
    Note: cancellations are due at least one month from performance time or group will be charged the full amount requested.
  • Want to request a transportation or ticket subsidy to help your group attend? Fill out a scholarship request.
  • New! S.T.E.A.M. field trip: arts in the morning, engineering in the afternoon.

For all other questions, contact Newman Center Learning and Community Engagement, via email or at 303-871-6422.

Jazz Ambassadors Student Matinee Big Band

October 18, 2018 at 10:30 am / elementary and higher This performance is free. Reserve today, space is limited.

The official touring band of the US Army will play the 100 year history of jazz, a uniquely American treasure. This big band experience will inspire students and teachers alike.

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Fiesta Colorado Student Matinee With live mariachi!

November 27, 2018 at 10:30 am / all ages

Join Fiesta Colorado, the award-winning Hispanic dance company in Colorado. Students will love this high-energy celebration of Mexican culture.

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Delfeayo Marsalis Student Matinee New Orleans old-school jazz

February 26, 2019 at 10:30 am / elementary and higher

Delfeayo Marsalis celebrates the musical heritage of New Orleans in this musically joyful, engaging performance. Marsalis is a seasoned teaching artist with students — sure to be a hit!

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Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days Student Matinee

March 22, 2019 at 10:30 am / middle school and higher

Newman Center and donnie l. betts present Black. by Lamaria Aminah. Biracial playwright Lamaria Aminah has spent much of her career considering issues of racial and social justice. Her play, Black., addresses issues about race that are not commonly discussed in society.

The play revolves around a short conversation between a black woman and a white woman momentarily linked by the death of a 12-year-old child. The intimacy that connects these two strangers is shocking. It’s a murder that confounds the white woman—while the black woman finds it unnervingly predictable. Black. shares the story from the victim’s and shooter’s perspectives.

Dorrance Dance Student Matinee Interactive tap dance

April 4, 2019 at 10:30 am / all ages

Join dancers and musicians as they make the stage their instrument, using tap dance and devised instrumentation. Come find out why choreographer Michelle Dorrance is a MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient.

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The Student Matinee Series is best suited for students preschool through 12th grade and their teachers. Each performance lasts about an hour and is especially designed for students. We welcome all school groups!
Please fill out the ticket request for 2018-19 Student Matinee Series and we will contact you regarding your request.

Once a request has been confirmed, payment is due within a month.

If you are ready to purchase tickets now, please click here. We are happy to accept a variety of payment methods such as a purchase order from your company/school or a check. In addition, you can pay with a credit card by calling the box office directly at 303-871-7720.
Payment will be due within 30 days of the invoice date.
For more information on special ticket pricing, please fill out the ticket and transportation subsidy request.

If you are a Denver Public Schools teacher requesting the field trip at least 15 student contact days ahead of time, you can email Kathy Thomas to request a bus scholarship.

You will be contacted to confirm details of the ticket request. If you do not receive a response within one week, please email nc.learning@du.edu.
Changes must be made one month prior to the performance. Invoices will then be generated at this time, and schools will be responsible for payment based on the final order. After this time, no changes or refunds will be allowed. Submit change requests to nc.learning@du.edu.
Yes, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2344 East Iliff Avenue in Denver.

The Newman Center parking garage is located immediately south of the Newman Center at University and Wesley. A free parking pass will be provided to Student Matinee Series audiences.

Yes, we have easily accessible bus loading and parking available. We will arrange details when confirming your ticket reservation.
The bus driver will park in a designated lot. In order for your bus driver to attend the performance, email nc.learning@du.edu.
There is space on a limited basis to eat inside after the performance and ample space outside. For requests, please email nc.learning@du.edu.
All performances are wheelchair accessible and assisted listening devices are available. Please let us know in advance if your students will be requiring special seating, personal captioning devices, or any other assistance to make your visit more enjoyable. Your school must provide interpreters for deaf students, unless otherwise noted.
Only under very extreme circumstances will we cancel a performance. In the event that we cancel a performance, we will make every effort to schedule your students for a future performance.
  • Turn off all cell phones, watch alarms, and any electronic devices before entering the theatre.
  • Food, gum, beverages, and backpacks are not allowed in the theatre. We ask that these items be left at school or on the bus. We are NOT responsible for lost or stolen items.
Teachers and chaperones should watch students at all times. Damage to the theatre, lobby or exterior will be billed in full back to the school.
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