In-School Programs

La Jolla Playhouse partners with school districts across the county to place professional theatre educators in the schools for long-term, intensive artist residencies aimed at providing young people with meaningful opportunities to experience, learn about, and create theatre.

Arts Academy

Since 1999 La Jolla Playhouse and the Visual and Performing Arts Department of San Diego County Office of Education, have been recognized as a “Partners-In-Education” site as certified by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. This unique partnership places professional teaching artists in schools with classroom teachers to incorporate theatre activities and exercises into existing curriculum. We are currently conducting this program exclusively at Montgomery Elementary School in the Chula Vista Elementary School District where we are piloting the creation of an arts magnet campus with the arts in every classroom across campus throughout the school year.


Playhouse teaching artists work in partnership with the City of San Diego Police Star/PAL Program to create interactive lessons that educate adolescents in the importance of self-respect, community and the Law. Participating high school and middle school students explore issues related to restorative justice, civil liberties and peer pressure through creative writing, role play and performance. This powerful program gives a voice to those students who often feel marginalized at their schools and within their communities, providing them with the confidence to become leaders and agents of positive change.

Title I: Learning Through the Arts

Following a similar co-teaching format as Arts Academy, the Title I: Learning Through the Arts program is a professional development opportunity for Title I schools within the San Diego Unified School District, where classroom teachers are taught how to incorporate the Arts into their existing curriculum through extensive partnerships with local arts organizations. Since the program’s inception, La Jolla Playhouse has served more students and teachers in this program than any other arts organization in the county.

JumpStart Theatre

La Jolla Playhouse has been named one of two national partners of the Educational Theatre Association’s JumpStart Theatre program. This three-year program consists of dedicated curriculum developed by iTheatrics to provide middle school teachers with the skills and resources needed to produce musicals in their schools for the first time. From a series of boot camp training sessions to one-on-one mentorship by Playhouse staff, this ground-breaking program is provided to schools free of charge and targets underserved schools in San Diego County that do not already have a Theatre program in place. JumpStart Theatre will select three participating middle schools in the spring of 2019 and the program itself will begin in the 2019-2020 school year.

» Learn more about JumpStart Theatre

In-School Residencies

La Jolla Playhouse is also pleased to partner with schools and teachers to develop specialized workshops and residency programs for the classroom. Our teaching artists provide multi-level instruction in stage combat, storytelling, play development, movement and other theatre techniques. Requests for workshops and residency programs are welcomed.

Girl Scouts San Diego Empowerment Theatre Program

More information coming soon.

If you are interested in hosting La Jolla Playhouse in your school, please contact Julia Cuppy, Director of Education & Outreach, at (858) 550-1070 x103 or [email protected].

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