For Educators

Teacher Workshops

La Jolla Playhouse offers professional learning opportunities for educators. To be added to our email list to be notified of upcoming workshops, please email [email protected] with your name, email, school, and district.

Play Where you Are

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


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!


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


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.


Student Matinee

Each school year, La Jolla Playhouse offers high school students and their teachers the very special opportunity to attend a designated Student Matinee of one of our main stage productions. Student Matinees are integrated into the classroom curriculum through pre-performance visits by Playhouse artist instructors and Playhouse-produced teacher’s guides. At each Student Matinee, students from schools across San Diego County experience an engaging performance in a professional, Tony-Award winning theatre.

For many students, the Student Matinee is the first professional production they have experienced and by attending these performances, they are introduced to the joy of live theatre.

Stay tuned for the next student matinee announcement as soon as we’re able to gather in person!

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.

The 2021 POP Tour, Pick Me Last, written by Idris Goodwin and directed by Jacole Kitchen, will highlight the importance of inclusivity at school.

Jacole Kitchen is the Playhouse’s Artistic Programs Manager and Local Casting Director. Idris Goodwin is a multidisciplinary arts leader and creative community builder. Across two decades, he has forged a multifaceted career as an award-winning playwright.

Although this year is different, we are looking forward to sharing the joy of the POP Tour with thousands of students virtually this year.

» Learn more about POP Tour 2021, Pick Me Last, here

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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