Spotlight On

A Learning Series For Adults

Spotlight On - Learning Series for Adults


In our SPOTLIGHT ON Learning Series for Adults, La Jolla Playhouse teaching artists will help you (re)ignite your creative spark with theatre-based classes on topics ranging from playwrighting, to improv, to musical theatre – and more! If you have always been curious about what goes in to creating a play or musical, these courses are the perfect introduction to the magic behind the stage. These courses are intended for all people 18 years and over, whether you are a complete novice or have some knowledge and want to deepen your practice. Spotlight On is a casual, supportive environment that inspires life-long learning and community. Join us!

Spotlight On courses are offered as a Summer series and a Fall/ Winter series. Spotlight On courses run in 6-7 week sessions, with weekly 2-hour classes. Classes for October – November 2022 will take place in person on the La Jolla Playhouse campus.

Course descriptions and pricing below. Our next round of Spotlight On classes will begin in October 2022.

For more information please email [email protected].


Intro to Acting

Tuesday Evenings, October 4 – November 15 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Instructor: Frankie Alicea-Ford

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 class, you will explore group exercises, drama techniques and improvisation. You will apply newly acquired skills in character development to monologues and scenes, and explore the use of the voice and body on stage. Please dress comfortably in clothing for movement and closed toed shoes.

For Ages 18+



Musical Theatre Ensemble

Tuesday Evenings, October 4 – November 15 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Instructor: Melissa Glasgow

In this high energy class, students will connect the three primary elements of musical theatre performance: acting, singing, and dancing as well as focus on the value of working as a group to tell a cohesive story through song. By examining group numbers from the musical theatre canon, students will learn what it means to move in unison, as well as how to maintain a character’s unique perspective within a large production number. If you’re looking for a creative and collaborative outlet, join our ensemble and be a part of a musical theatre team. Please dress in comfortable clothing for movement.

For Ages 18+



Contemporary Scene Study

Wednesday Evenings, October 5 – November 16 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Instructor: Justin Lang

This performance-based acting class will explore compelling characters and scenes that are aimed at improving students’ approach to acting. Topics and areas of acting this class will cover include: in-depth text analysis, character building and development, physical and vocal control. Students will leave this course more confident about their craft and inspired to deliver compelling performances. Please dress comfortably for movement and closed toed shoes.

For Ages 18+



Developing a New Play

Wednesday Evenings, October 5 – November 16 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Instructor: Farah Dinga

What makes a great piece of theater? Or a compelling character? This class will teach you about the elements of theater, including character, setting, plot, and dialogue, as well as give you an opportunity to write to idea-generating prompts and engage in brainstorming activities. This class is geared toward beginning writers, but is useful for those that want to put their skills to work. By the end, participants will have created an outline, a scene, or even a short play. Critique sessions by both the instructor and group will aide in constructive, safe feedback.

For Ages 18+



Audition Technique

Thursday Evenings, October 6 – November 17 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Instructor: Desiree Clarke

Are you trying to book that next role? This class will prepare beginning and advanced actors to walk into the room and smash their next audition! Participants will engage in conversations and exercises in headshot preparation, audition wardrobe, monologue selection and preparation, and confidence building. Please dress in clothing comfortable for movement.

For Ages 18+



Really Listening, Really Responding

Thursday Evenings, October 6 – November 17 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Instructor: Lisa Berger

Using the techniques originated by Sanford Meisner with support of Michael Chekhov, this class will explore what it means to really listen and really respond as an actor. Through interactive theatre exercises, students will build the muscles of what it means to really do, be present and live truthfully on stage in performance. This class is best suited to students who have at least taken Intro to Acting, or equivalent.

For Ages 18+


A Spotlight On class takes a break from learning to smile for the camera

Two students perform a scene in their Intro to Improvisation class

Students perform a scene in their Spotlight On class

Read what students from our most recent Spotlight On classes had to say:

“As someone who loves musicals, taking the musical theatre dance class gave me such a greater appreciation for the performers I watch on stage. What a great experience! This is my 4th Spotlight class, and each one has been filling and interesting. I can’t wait for the next series of classes!”

“The class was fun and creative. The skills I learned help me with both work and interpersonal relationships. It has made me a better listener and collaborator. And I made great friends and got to laugh a lot.”

“Great experience. Instructor was very accommodating to all levels of knowledge in class & made all feel comfortable in exploring & trying new things.”

“This was not the first time I have taken this course at the LJP but it was a different experience with new classmates. I learned something new and really enjoyed myself. Invaluable experience of interaction and fun. Highly recommend.”

“Farah is fabulous, superb, delightful. Best class of the three I’ve taken through LJP. Would take another class from her in a heartbeat.”

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