Summer Youth Programs

Young Performers at La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse offers a series of fun, interactive theatre training programs throughout the summer through our Conservatory Program, Devised Theatre Camp and Tech Theatre Training Program through the San Diego Unified School District.


Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse offers students in grades 8-9 and 10–12 an invigorating and exciting acting intensive experience to build theatre performance skills. We are looking for students who are passionate, who want to be part of an ensemble and are open to new techniques in theatre-making.

Applications for the 2024 Conservatory are now open. Please follow the directions below to have both your application and recommendations fully submitted on or before April 8th, 2024.

  1. Conservatory candidates fill out this application completely.
  2. Please choose TWO people to submit a recommendation for you. These could be teachers, tutors, or other adults who can speak to your desire and interest to be a part of the conservatory. Send each of your two recommenders this form link and ask them to make sure they submit the form by the April 8th deadline.
  3. We will contact you before April 19th to notify you if you have been selected for an audition on April 20th. Please hold the date and times between 10:00 am-3:00 pm.


Conservatory Programs on the campus of La Jolla Playhouse Summer 2024.

NEW this year: we are offering two Conservatory Program options for students in rising 8th-12th grades!

Program 1: Junior Conservatory for Rising 8th and 9th graders

Dates: June 24-July 3, 2024 (8 day program). 9:30-4:30 pm, M-F

Cost $450

Program Description: Students in rising grades 8th and 9th will join La Jolla Playhouse artists in an exciting 8-day program that will dive into techniques in acting, voice, improv, and movement. Students will have an opportunity to see behind the scenes of La Jolla Playhouse and attend a performance. Students will demonstrate an informal sharing of learning on Wednesday, July 3 at 6:00 pm.

Program 2: Conservatory for Rising 10th-12th graders

Dates: July 8-26, 2024 (15 day program). 9:30 am-4:30 pm, M-F

Cost: $850

Program Description: Students in rising grades 10th-12th will spend an exciting three weeks at La Jolla Playhouse receiving professional training and support in finding your own artistic voice through advanced acting, voice and speech, improvisation, and movement methods. Students will be centered in the creative process. You will attend master classes with Playhouse artists, engage with presentations by La Jolla Playhouse staff, learn about the audition process, go behind the scenes of creating theatre, see a live performance, and receive one-on-one mentoring. Students will demonstrate learning and experience at an open sharing for families on Thursday, July 25th at 6:00 pm.


Application Deadline: Monday, April 8, 2024 (Note: A complete application is the application form and two letters of recommendation)

In-Person Auditions for both Conservatory Programs will be held at The Residence Inn by Marriott (8901 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037) in the meeting room on Saturday, April 20th between 10:00 am-3:00 pm. If chosen for an audition, students will be notified before April 19 of their time slot of arrival and more directions for the audition date.

Participation and Scholarship* Notification: All applicants who audition will be notified on or before May 20, 2024 of acceptance into program.

Orientation: June 22, 2024 @ 11:00 am at La Jolla Playhouse

*A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available for accepted Conservatory students. To apply, submit the following linked application when you submit your online application.

Questions? Email: [email protected]

Devised Theatre Camp through Level Up San Diego

La Jolla Playhouse is proud to be a recipient of funding from The San Diego Foundation and the San Diego Unified School District to bring exciting, fun, and invigorating summer theatre camps to middle and high school students in their school communities during the summer. Created in 2021 by the San Diego Unified School District and The San Diego Foundation, Level Up San Diego, featured in-person classroom instruction in the mornings at neighborhood schools with San Diego Unified teachers and summer activities offered by dozens of nonprofits in communities across the city. There is no cost to families for the classroom instruction or the activities, thanks to a $31 million commitment by the San Diego Unified Board of Education. To be eligible for #LevelUpSD, students must be enrolled in San Diego Unified for the previous school year.

To learn more about these programs in San Diego Unified Schools, please reach out to your school admin to learn when registration will open for summer.

Tech Theatre Training in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education Juvenile Court and Community Schools

Since 2014, incarcerated students from JCCS, in partnership with San Diego County Probation, have attended week long Tech Theatre Camps at the La Jolla Playhouse Theatre complex. Students complete rigorous, standards-based activities throughout the week, including constructing small theatre flats, (the walls that create a set), creating props, lighting design, scenic art, costume design, and special effects makeup. Two of San Diego’s most well-respected theatre teachers and the technical staff of La Jolla Playhouse lead the course work. Students earn course credit, as well as a certificate of completion from the La Jolla Playhouse, which is a wonderful addition to the student’s resume.

Top banner photo: The 2023 Conservatory with La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley.

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