SPOTLIGHT ON

Series for Adults

It’s your time to shine.

In our new SPOTLIGHT ON Education Series for Adults, La Jolla Playhouse pros will help you (re)ignite your creative spark while also giving you an opportunity to interact with fellow arts and theatre lovers.

The next series will be offered in Summer 2020. Check back in the spring to register.

Intro to Acting


Whether you are an aspiring performer, wish to revitalize your creativity, or simply want to try something new and build self-confidence, you will find this course active, fun and rewarding. In this course students will explore group exercises, drama techniques and improvisation. Students will apply newly acquired skills in character development to monologues and scenes, and explore the use of the voice and body on stage.

Intro to Improv and Sketch Writing

Students will explore the fundamental principles of improvisation and sketch writing through exercises in agreement, commitment, spontaneity and listening. No prior performance or improv experience are necessary. Classes build upon one another, allowing novice improvisers to grow and be challenged at a comfortable rate. Learn to feel comfortable on stage while you gain confidence in “Yes, and”!

Song as Monologue

Experience the fun of musical theatre while strengthening the fundamentals of acting. Students will create an individualized process that allows for ease and a full-range of motion to support and sustain performance. In this three-session class students will explore the genre of musical theatre by participating in group movement exercises, healthy vocal techniques and will use improvisation to inspire acting choices.

Playwriting: The One Act

Try your hand at playwriting! In this course, students will look at several types of one act shows; examine structures; flesh out ideas through brainstorming, prompt based writing sessions, and theater games; create outlines and scenes; and get feedback from both group read and critique opportunities and the instructor. A portion of the last class will include a discussion about how to pitch your work.

Contemporary Scene Study

The class will explore compelling characters and scenes from playwrights such as Lauren Gunderson, Sarah Ruhl, Aaron Sorkin, Tracey Letts, and more. Students will cover areas of acting such as in-depth text analysis, character building and development, and vocal and physical control. A presentation at the end of the session will be open to family and friends.

All classes take place at La Jolla Playhouse. Minimum 10 students per class.

For more information please email [email protected].

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