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.


Our 2024 Conservatory Applications will be posted in early 2024. More information on programming dates will be posted then.

For More Info, please contact [email protected].


Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse offers students grades 10–12 an intensive in person 5-week 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 storytelling.


Spend five exciting weeks receiving professional training in acting, scene study, voice and speech, improvisation, and movement. You will attend master classes with Playhouse artists, engage with presentations by La Jolla Playhouse staff, learn about the audition process, and receive one-on-one mentoring.

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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