Shea’s offers an array of educational programs for students in grades K-12,
serving approximately 10,000 students throughout western New York
and northern Pennsylvania annually.

The On School Time Series provides educational live theatre performances specifically for school groups. All shows support New York State learning standards. Performances begin at 10:30am and are open to the general public. Please click HERE for more information or contact Holly Grant, Education Coordinator, at (716) 829-1171 or

Exploring the Arts brings together high school students from a wide variety of backgrounds and introduces them to a number of art forms including the visual, literary and performing arts. Through work with teaching artists, visits to cultural institutions and hands on art activities students make a connection among various art forms and learn to appreciate the perspectives and talents of others. This program instills participants with a greater knowledge and appreciation of the arts while exposing them to a number of social and cultural perspectives. This program is presented annually. There is no fee to participate, however enrollment is limited and students must complete an application in order to be considered.

More information about the Exploring the Arts program is available HERE.

At no cost to your school Shea’s education staff will come to your classroom and custom design a workshop made specifically for your class. This is an exciting audience enrichment program that introduces students to the basics of theatre performance and production. Workshops can be done in connection with a specific Shea’s performance or as a part of your specific curriculum needs.

More information about the Shea’s in Schools program is available HERE.

Shea’s Master Class Program allows high school students in grades 9-12 to explore the various aspects of the performing and literary arts. Every master class is connected to a specific Broadway production presented at Shea’s. Students have the opportunity to learn from working professionals in the arts, receive complimentary tickets to a Shea’s Broadway Series performance and meet cast members from the Broadway production they are studying. There is no fee to participate in this program. Students must apply each year to be considered for the program and enrollment is limited.

For more information about this program please click HERE.

Kenny Awards The Lipke Foundation and Shea's Performing Arts Center are proud to co-present the Kenny Awards, an endeavor that recognizes the talent, dedication and efforts of our local high school youth. All high schools in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties are invited to apply to the program.

Over 100 outstanding musical productions from local high schools have been recognized and honored by the Kenny Awards. The school se-lected to receive "The Kenny" for Outstanding Musical Production is granted $5,000 from the Lipke Foundation to be used for their theatre department.

Other awards and recognitions include categories for individual performances in leading and supporting roles as well as areas of technical production, orchestration, choreography, set design and creative interpretation.

This program focuses on performance and production careers in the theatre arts and is geared toward college students majoring in theatre (performance, production and design), early career artists and anyone who has a passion for the arts. Guest artists include cast members and production staff from our Broadway and 710 Main Theatre Series along with esteemed local artists. Opportunities range from Question and Answer sessions, Master Classes and Behind the Scenes Tours of shows presented by Shea's. Programs are usually presented weekday mornings and afternoons, opened to the public and scheduled based on artist availability. Please visit Shea's Education Facebook page for updates or contact Jennifer Fitzery at

Have you always wanted to walk on the stage at Shea's? Well now is your chance! Take a tour of one of North America's most beautiful theatres. Discover the rich history of Shea's, learn about the architecture and get exclusive behind the scenes insight on how we set up or "load-in" a show. Tours are free of charge for school groups in grades 3-12 and are conducted on non-show days only. For more information, or to schedule your group tour, contact Jennifer Fitzery at or 716-829-1152.

Internships at Shea's allow college students to gain hands-on experience in a challenging, creative environment. Students have the opportunity to get real life experience in a variety of departments, including administration, marketing, events and hospitality and restoration. High school students are invited to pursue an internship in our Restoration Department and learn first-hand the work and dedication it takes to restore one of America's most beautiful theatres. No previous experience is necessary. Community services hours available where applicable. For more information, contact Jennifer Fitzery at or 716-829-1152.

The Broadway Speakers Bureau offers free career panel discussions through The Broadway League. Speakers are in a studio in New York City and students from your city connect via distance learning video conferencing into the seminar. Speakers include award-winning professionals associated with many of the top Broadway shows such as Wicked, Billy Elliot, Spring Awakening, Frost/Nixon, Legally Blonde, The Producers, Rent, and Grease. For more information contact Jennifer Fitzery at

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