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Theatre for Young Audiences

La Jolla Playhouse inspires the next generation of theatregoers and artists by introducing young people to the joy of live theatre, providing intensive theatre training and bringing quality arts education to San Diego area schools. We provide meaningful opportunities for children and teens to experience live theatre at its finest through our POP Tour performances throughout San Diego County and through student matinees at La Jolla Playhouse.

The Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour

Every year, the Playhouse commissions and develops a new play for young people, The Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour, that tours into schools, community centers and libraries throughout San Diego County. These performances are integrated into the classroom curriculum through pre-performance visits by Playhouse artist instructors.

The 2021 POP Tour, Pick Me Last, written by Idris Goodwin and directed by Jacole Kitchen, will highlight the importance of inclusivity at school.

Jacole Kitchen is the Playhouse’s Artistic Programs Manager and Local Casting Director. Idris Goodwin is a multidisciplinary arts leader and creative community builder. Across two decades, he has forged a multifaceted career as an award-winning playwright.

Although this year is different, we are looking forward to sharing the joy of the POP Tour with thousands of students virtually this year.

Not all schools can afford to bring programs like the POP Tour to their students. To make sure that the program is accessible to all, we offer partial and full scholarships to schools to cover the minimal program fee schools are charged. Approximately 75% of schools received scholarships in 2018, including all Title 1 schools, thanks to corporate and foundation support, as well as the Adopt-a-School campaign.

» Click here to view the POP Tour 2020 Impact Report

Student Matinees

Each school year, La Jolla Playhouse offers high school students and their teachers the very special opportunity to attend a designated Student Matinee of one of our main stage productions. Student Matinees are integrated into the classroom curriculum through pre-performance visits by Playhouse artist instructors and Playhouse-produced teacher’s guides. At each Student Matinee, nearly 500 students from schools across San Diego County experience an engaging performance in a professional, Tony-Award winning theatre.

For many students, the Student Matinee is the first professional production they have experienced and by attending these performances, they are introduced to the joy of live theatre.

To learn how you can support our Theatre for Young Audiences programs, please contact Cristina Hernandez, Individual Giving Manager at [email protected] or (858) 228-3089.

Military Outreach

San Diego’s military community plays an important role in all of our lives and La Jolla Playhouse is proud to support our local active-duty service members, veterans and their families through our many Military Outreach Initiatives. We strive to enhance the military’s connection to the greater San Diego community, while also enhancing their quality of life through meaningful social and cultural experiences.

» Click here to view the 2020 Military Impact Report

Military Outreach Initiatives

  • Free tickets for active-duty military personnel, military families and veterans for every show at La Jolla Playhouse
  • Annual military-focused events including Military Date Night and Military Family Day which include free tickets to a production, along with pre- and post- show experiences
  • Veterans’ playwriting workshops
  • Youth Summer Program scholarships for students with family in the military
  • 2018 POP Tour new play for young audiences centered on the stories of military families that will be seen by over 20,000 students in San Diego


“A fantastic night with my love, so thankful to make up for so many lost evenings…with special nights like this. The La Jolla Playhouse has been so generous. Thank you!”

– Matthew, USN

“This was an opportunity to build memories that we have missed. This event helped to make up for all of the birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions we have missed, building new memories to cherish together.”

– Danae, Military spouse

“I just want to say Thank You so much to the La Jolla Playhouse. Not only did my date and I really enjoy the play, but the whole experience from start to finish was wonderful. It was a night out that we both needed. We will definitely be going back to see the next production. Thanks again.”

– James, USMC Veteran

» Click here to view our Military Partners (PDF)

To learn more about our Military Outreach Initiatives, please contact Cristina Hernandez, Individual Giving Manager at [email protected] or (858) 228-3089.

New Work Development

La Jolla Playhouse is committed to developing new work and providing creative opportunities to the leading playwrights, directors, actors and designers of today and tomorrow. To foster the growth of these artists and projects, the Playhouse has established several programs including the Page To Stage Play Development Program, the DNA New Works Series, an extensive commissioning program, readings and workshops, as well as on-site artist and theatre residencies.

“The Playhouse is an incredibly nurturing environment for playwrights and artists. A safe haven for experimentation.”

– John Leguizamo, Tony and Emmy Award-winning performer and creator of the Page To Stage production of Latin History for Morons.

“There’s a sense of a moment at the Playhouse that the new-work development here is firing on all cylinders.”

– Christopher Ashley, The Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse and 2017 Tony Award winner of Best Direction of a Musical

“Doing a large scale musical tends to stretch the limit and nerves of any theatre but Christopher Ashley and crew are creatively fearless and fanatically supportive. The result can be a fired-up creative team and a show that leaves audiences cheering.”

-Joe DiPietro, writer of the Page to Stage musical Chasing the Song and the world premiere musical Diana

“La Jolla Playhouse commissioned, developed, and produced The Coast Starlight, giving me rigorous and exacting support along the way. A playwright dreams of this kind of relationship with a theater – it’s a rare and precious thing.”

-Keith Bunin, playwright of The Coast Starlight

For more information on how you can support new work development, please contact Bonnie Broberg, Associate Director of Philanthropy, at [email protected] or (858) 228-3084.

Sponsor a Show

La Jolla Playhouse is a known launching pad for plays and musicals that have enjoyed success in San Diego, on Broadway and beyond. Developing productions of this caliber takes a tremendous commitment of resources from our local community and Playhouse leadership, including our generous show sponsors.

Show Sponsors support the artistic vision of the Playhouse and ensure that we can continue to develop the artists of the future and extend our reach to the broadest possible audience. In appreciation, show sponsors receive exclusive benefits:

  • Attend first rehearsal and breakfast with the cast and creative team
  • Enjoy two tickets to Opening Night and the best seats throughout the run of the production
  • Receive prominent recognition as a show sponsor in the theatres lobby and program book
  • Take home a priceless autographed poster from the show
  • Receiving invitations throughout the season to other readings and intimate events featuring cast members and other Playhouse artists

For more information on how to become a show sponsor, please contact Bonnie Broberg, Associate Director of Philanthropy, at [email protected] or (858) 228-3084.

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