For Educators

Teacher Workshops

La Jolla Playhouse offers professional learning opportunities for educators.

Our next interactive workshop, Improving Public Speaking in the K-12 Classroom with Cobey Mandarino, will be on Thursday, February 3, and is now booking! SIGN UP NOW.

La Jolla Playhouse Tech Theatre Summer Intensive for Theatre Educators will be offered in July, and registration will open in February. LEARN MORE.

 


 

POP Tour

Every year, the Playhouse commissions and develops a new play for young people, The Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour, that tours into schools, community centers and libraries throughout San Diego County. These performances are integrated into the classroom curriculum through pre-performance visits by Playhouse artist instructors.

POP Tour 2022

HOOPLA!
By Cheryl L. West
Directed by Maria Patrice Amon

The fifth grade talent show is approaching, and everyone is abuzz at Baldwin Elementary. Winston wants to win the talent show with his cheerleading routine to prove to others that he’s more than the unfriendly “Fishboy” nickname they call him. Introverted artist Gina wants nothing to do with the talent show, and she knows that the overzealous (and generally unpleasant) twin sensations, Randy and Brandy, are probably going to win it all anyway. But with the persistence of Elliott, the school’s new kid and resident rebel, these unlikely friends form Hoopla, a dazzling hula hooping trio, and help each other navigate through the pressures of being a kid.

Touring San Diego Schools April 2022
Public performances at La Jolla Playhouse’s WOW Festival

» Now Booking! Learn More Here

 


 

Student Matinees

The Playhouse offers special student matinees of selected mainstage productions throughout the school year. Study guides, pre-performance workshops and post-show talkbacks are available to prepare students for these productions. Staff development workshops are also offered to teachers prior to their school’s participation in the student matinee.

Upcoming Student Matinees:

Thursday, April 14th, 2022, 10:30 am (arrival by 10:00 am)
Bhangin’ It
Book By Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza
Music and Lyrics by Sam Willmott
Additional Music by Deep Singh
Choreography by Rujuta Vaidya
Directed by Amy Anders Corcoran

Show Description:
Winner of the Richard Rodgers Award, Bhangin’ It is an exhilarating new musical that celebrates the traditions we inherit from yesterday and those we create for tomorrow. When a young woman finds her identity cannot be defined by checking a box, she sets off on a quest to dance to her own beat. Drawing from competitive Bhangra and mixing it with other Indian and Western dance forms alike, Bhangin’ It is a brash, intoxicating and joyous musical for America today. This performance is recommended for High School Aged Students.

To learn more about the requirements for the student matinee program and to apply for tickets to Bhangin’ It, please CLICK HERE.

 


 

Play Where you Are

Enjoy world premiere plays from 8 amazing playwrights! These scripts can be performed and read aloud anywhere.

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Curriculum Connections

La Jolla Playhouse’s Education team has provided standards-based lesson plans as well as fun theatre games and exercises that are easily played virtually. These are the same exercises that we use to build ensemble and acting skills in our classrooms for kids and adults!

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Virtual Performance Experiences for High School Students

The following recorded performances from our Digital WOW series are a great way for high school-age students to enjoy theatre. Plus, they’re all FREE!

 


 

Virtual Field Trip Experiences

ArtsBusXpress

La Jolla Playhouse is proud to partner with ArtsBusXpress to provide engaging virtual field trip experiences to students 3rd-12th grade in acting, musical theatre, playwriting, and behind-the-scenes peeks into the Playhouse! To learn more and apply for grant funding to bring these experiences to your students FOR FREE, please click the button below.

San Diego County K-12 Public and Charter Teachers can apply for program funding, provided by ArtsBusXpress, a nonprofit organization that connects students with arts and science opportunities. Once you submit, ArtsBusXpress will review your application. Subject to approval, ArtsBusXpress will notify both of us and we’ll be in touch to personalize the session for your class and secure a specific time.

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La Jolla Playhouse would love to know how you are using these lesson plans and videos in your classroom! Please share your feedback so that we can continue to offer quality educational support to our school communities.

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