Education FAQs

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets are $5 per child and chaperone. Teachers will receive (1) free ticket for every (15) student tickets purchased.

If you are a Title 1 School, your students qualify for free tickets and transportation for one performance. Learn more about transportation in the dropdown below.

Are Education performances open to home-schools or families?

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased individually for Education performances. All Education performances are open to home-school teachers and students, and to families with children.

I have submitted my Education Program Ticket Order Form. How do I pay for the tickets?

Once you complete and submit the Education Program Ticket Order Form, you will receive a email receipt. A Ticket Office representative will contact you to confirm your seat reservation and payment instructions at least 60 days prior to the show.

Will my students and/or I receive printed tickets to the performance?

Paper tickets will not be issued for schools. Ushers are provided a list of reservations and names/numbers will be checked at the door.  

Please consider your confirmation email as notice that your seats are reserved. We will contact you and list shows as sold out if your ticket order cannot be processed.

Does the Gaillard Center provide bus transportation to and from Education performances?

If you are a Title 1 School, your students qualify for free tickets and transportation. For Title I Schools, the Charleston Gaillard Center Education and Community Program fully funds bus transportation to the Gaillard Center and back for one performance.

Transportation arrangements can be made with your school’s preferred bus carrier. We will reimburse the school directly for the transportation cost. Please send the final invoice directly to the Gaillard Center at sdevries@gaillardcenter.org.

Transportation arrangements can also be made with Coastal Bus Line. Visit coastalbusline.com and click Book Now. Indicate in your destination box you are a Title One School.

*Please note that there will be no lunch stops.

If the Charleston Gaillard Center is funding your transportation and you decide to cancel the buses, the Gaillard Center and your preferred bus carrier must receive an email cancellation thirty (30) days prior to the performance with a confirmed response from the Gaillard Center. If you do not send a cancellation notice within the guidelines your school will be sent the $500 invoice and payment for those buses will be the responsibility of the school.

Where is school drop-off/pick-up for performances?

Buses drop off schools at the Charleston Gaillard Center entrance on George Street. A Gaillard Center representative will be present to greet schools as they arrive and instruct buses where to park. At the end of the performance, students are dismissed by school and file out to George Street to board their bus.

For GPS directions, the address is: 2 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401

I have students in need of ADA accommodations. What accommodations do you provide?

Both of the primary entrances on the George St. and Calhoun St. sides are handicap accessible and lead into the shared lobby space between the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall.

There are handicap accessible elevators located in close proximity to either entrance. In the Performance Hall lobby, elevators are located to the north and south. Ushers will be present to assist anyone with accessibility needs.

Handicap accessible restrooms can be found on every floor and centrally adjacent to each of the facilities’ patron areas.

If you have an attendee in need of ADA accommodations such as wheelchair seating, American Sign Language, service animal seating or a sensory-free space,  please email sdevries@gaillardcenter.org or call (843) 579-6458.

We have partnered with KultureCity to make all events within the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall sensory inclusive. KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with Autism. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.


For questions or additional information, please contact Sterling deVries, Director of Education, at sdevries@gaillardcenter.org or Stephanie Lancaster, Education Coordinator, at slancaster@gaillardcenter.org.