Dance students pose after an outreach class at one of Worcester's public schools.


The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts is a center where all can relish the performing arts. The theatre is enhancing the city of Worcester by providing a world-class facility for local, national and international performing artists. In addition, The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory provides opportunities for community and educational enrichment through a variety of outreach programs.

Please note that due to COVID-19, some of our programs have been modified. Please contact us for more information at
Please consider making a donation to our Access to the Arts Fund, which makes the following programs possible.

Accessible Performances

The Hanover Theatre is pleased to offer ASL interpretation at a select number of performances, generously sponsored by FLEXcon. A limited number of audio described performances are also offered. In addition, The Hanover Theatre hosts a relaxed performance of A Christmas Carol every other year.

Learn more about our accessible performances.

Adopt-A-School Program

We partner with the Worcester Public Schools to collaborate with school administrators and teachers on a curriculum-based arts integration program. Over a period of three weeks, students from two high schools participate in lessons within every subject that incorporate a Broadway musical’s themes, historical and sociological elements, artistic aspects and musical score. The entire school body attends the show together for free and interacts with the cast in a multitude of ways before, during and after the production. This program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The McDonough Foundation, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Lamoureux Pagano Associates and The 200 Foundation. 

Learn more about our Adopt-A-School Program.

Community Fundraising Assistance

The Hanover Theatre is proud to provide opportunities for community and educational enrichment through our Community Fundraising Assistance Program, which supports the efforts of non profit organizations by donating a limited number of tickets to performances at our theatre. Requests that meet our guidelines and are granted will receive two tickets to a performance based on availability.

If you would like your organization to be considered for a ticket donation, please visit us on Donation Match.. No phone calls, please.

Conservatory Scholarships

The Hanover Theatre Conservatory awards over $25,000 in scholarships each year for conservatory classes and youth summer programs. Scholarship awards are application-based and determined by financial need. 

Creative Movement for Adults with Disabilities

An exciting new project in 2019 is a dance collaboration with the Seven Hills Foundation Aspire Program in Worcester. The Aspire program was developed to better support individuals with disabilities and other significant life challenges. Our Creative Movement class provides three groups with weekly one-hour classes that are fun and interactive, introduce dance movements and rhythm to increase physical awareness and activity and enhance a supportive environment that increases self-esteem. The groups consist of an all-female class, all-male class and coed class of individuals with extensive mobility impairments. This program is funded in part by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

Goddard Scholars Program

Each year, we provide a lecture and workshop series for gifted and talented middle schoolers at Sullivan Middle School. Annually, each 6th, 7th and 8th grade group attends a workshop and event at the theatre. 

LEAP (Learning through Education and Arts Partnerships)

We partner with Worcester Public Schools and the Worcester Education Development Foundation to bring two entire grades (12th and 8th) to the theatre for performances. Both events are tied directly to core curriculum, and in-school workshops are offered by Hanover Theatre Conservatory teaching artists in order to prepare students for the experience. This program is funded in part by the Worcester Education Development Foundation, Worcester Public Schools, Worcester Cultural Coalition, George I. Alden Trust and The Stoddard Charitable Trust. 

Motivational Speakers Program

This annual event with Worcester Technical High School allows the entire school population to attend an engaging motivational speaker presentation intended to motivate and focus students during their spring standardized testing season. This program is funded in part by The Hermann Foundation.

Student Matinee Series

Annually, over 15,000 students experience live theatre through subsidized tickets at our student matiness. Each year, we work to provide options for all students, grades K-12. In addition to the live performance, schools are typically offered educational resource guides and additional pre and post show experiences to enrich their experience. We also work with Title I schools in the area to ensure all students receive access to the performing arts, regardless of their ability to pay.

Learn more about our student matinees.

Partners in Education Program

In 2017, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. selected The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory to participate in the prestigious Partners in Education Program alongside Worcester Public Schools. In 2019, under the Kennedy Center’s guidance, the theatre started facilitating professional development workshops for Worcester Public Schools teachers, providing hands-on training for arts-integrated learning. The Hanover Theatre an Conservatory is the only organization in Massachusetts chosen to participate in this program.


The WYSH (Worcester Youth Speak Honestly) Project is an innovative program wherein a group of Worcester high school students spend 14 weeks creating an original theatrical production that is based on their life experiences as young people living in Worcester. This program also includes tickets to see a number of the productions at The Hanover Theatre. This program is funded in part by the Worcester Arts Council.