Through our acclaimed Big Red Chair Family series, we open the doors of the Skirball Center to New York City children, families, students, and teachers; allowing them to experience the wonder and excitement of live performance. Programming focuses on multi-disciplinary work from around the world with a particular interest in engaging young people through innovation, unique perspectives, and introduction to a variety of cultures. The series provides quality enriching exposure to live theater and meaningful opportunities for families to bond across generations. Since the series was inaugurated during out 2008-2009 season, the Big Red Chair Family Series has presented more than 30 productions from 10 different countries.
“I brought my...daughter to see Knuffle Bunny last year at Skirball and she loved it!
Kate Nammacher (Parent)
Educational outreach is a central component of the Skirball Center’s mission, and we strive to make our rich cultural offerings accessible to the widest spectrum of potential audience members, including young people, who are the performing arts patrons of the future. To enhance understanding and enjoyment of the productions, as well as to encourage continued theatre-going, we provide tailored educational activities prior to and after the performances. Creative workshops, talkbacks, and contextual learning exercises help to bridge the gap between artist and audience throughout the season.
Occasionally, performances will be held during weekdays and are ideal for class field trips. Discount tickets are available for these shows for large groups. Please email us for more information and to make reservations for your school group.
We would love to hear from you! Please feel free to email with any questions, comments or suggestions regarding our performances for young audiences and educational programming.
The Skirball Center's Big Red Chair Family Series is made possible in part with generous support from Joan Ganz Cooney and L. Jay and Mary Ellen Oliva.