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.


Applications for the 2022 Conservatory are now open!

Application Deadline EXTENDED: April 4, 2022
Call Back Auditions: April 9, 2022 at La Jolla Playhouse
Orientation: June 18, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
In Person Conservatory Program on the campus on La Jolla Playhouse:
June 20-July 22, 2022 (No program on July 4), 9:30 am-5:00 pm, M-F
Cost: $1499
For More Info: [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.

1. Fill out the online application linked below.
2. Provide the recommendation link to two references, and have them submit two letters of recommendation.
3. Please prepare a self-taped audition with the instructions below.

Application, two letters, and self-taped audition are due by March 25, 2022 to be considered for the 2022 Conservatory.

» Submit your application online HERE.
» Submit two letters of recommendation HERE.

Requirements for your self-taped audition:
a) Self-tape audition should be no longer than 3 minutes
b) Self-tape audition includes your Slate (full-name – year in High School – name of the pieces).
c) Self-tape audition includes 1-2 monologues OR 1 monologue and 1 song of your choice – performed for camera.
d) Self-tape audition should be downloaded to your own Dropbox, Vimeo, or YouTube account.
e) Self-tape audition link is sent to [email protected]. Please include your link, name, phone number in your email.

All applications will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2022.

Health and Safety:
La Jolla Playhouse takes the health and safety of our staff and students very seriously. We will be implementing a comprehensive safety plan based on the current CDC guidelines to ensure safety during our summer in-person programming.

Jeffrey Howard Ingman received his M.F.A. from Rutgers University, where he owes his vocabulary and training to master teachers like William Esper, Maggie Flanigan, Loyd Williamson and Edward Stern. Mr. Ingman has headed up M.F.A., B.F.A. and B.A. Theatre programs with over 20 years of teaching. He continues to work as a professional actor and director in both professional and academic environments and has over 70 productions to his name as a director. His most recent performance was as George in The Cake at La Jolla Playhouse. He is a sought-after audition coach – having developed a highly successful approach to the ‘Packaged Audition’ as it applies to conference auditions for Graduate Schools, Undergraduate Schools, and large conference auditions like URTA, NUA, SETC and All City Auditions. Mr. Ingman is the founder of “Audition Revelation” – His Motto: Be Seen! Be Heard! Be Experienced!

Devised Theatre Camp through Level Up San Diego

Created in 2021 by the San Diego Unified School District and The San Diego Foundation, Level Up SD, a Summer of Learning and Joy 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 2021-2022 school year.

Summer school generally is offered to a select group of struggling students. Level Up SD is open to all K-12 students. This means thousands of kids from every corner of our community can now take advantage of in-person teacher-led instruction and summer activities beyond the classroom, like learning to kayak or learning to fly a drone, for the first time.

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.

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