La Jolla Playhouse offers a year-round calendar of programs for schools including the following:
Arts Academy is a program that pairs a classroom teacher with a La Jolla Playhouse teaching artist. Through collaboration the classroom teacher and the teaching artist work to incorporate advanced theater activities and exercises into existing curriculum. Following the Theatre-In-Education model for constructing dynamic three-dimensional learning environments, Arts Academy has been shown to increase comprehension and create empathic learners. It is also a goal of the program to provide the classroom teacher with a set of tools or strategies for using theatre to engage the students on a different level, incorporating different learning styles, after the residency is over.
Under the guidance of Playhouse teaching artists, students study a classic play or novel and explore its relevance to modern society and their own lives. As a group, they write an adaptation of the classic, creating an original script, which is performed by either themselves or by professional actors. Recent projects have created and performed adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Sophocles’ Electra, and Homer’s The Odyssey.
Playhouse teaching artists work in partnership with City of San Diego Police Department’s Star PAL Program to create interactive lessons that teach adolescents the importance of self-respect, community and the law. Throughout this program, select high school and middle school students explore issues related to juvenile violence, justice and peer pressure. Students create an original script that addresses the issues of concern that arise out of exploring this curriculum.
Design Your Own Guest Artist Workshop
La Jolla Playhouse provides schools the opportunity to have a guest speaker from the Playhouse come to the classroom and lead a workshop. Workshop topics vary from professional development to theatre appreciation to improvisation and more. Recent workshops have included puppet construction, Greek theatre history and masked performance. The workshops are easily customized to reflect the needs and interests of the teachers and students. Please contact the Department of Education and Outreach to learn more about designing a residency to suit your students and curriculum.
If you are interested in having a Playhouse residency in your school, please contact Steve McCormick, at (858) 550-1070 x102 or