Under inspired leadership, La Jolla Playhouse has earned its place in the international theatre scene. The Playhouse’s brilliant and innovative productions of classics, new plays and musicals, including 70 world premieres, 40 commissions and 38 American or West Coast premieres, have merited over 300 major honors, including 35 Tony Awards for productions that have transferred to Broadway, along with the 1993 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.
From Broadway to Moscow, a long list of Playhouse productions have gone on to other stages around the world. These include Roger Miller and William Hauptman's Big River, The Who's Tommy, Lee Blessing's A Walk in the Woods, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Matthew Broderick, Tony Kushner's Slavs!, Lifegame, Lisa Kron's 2.5 Minute Ride, Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters, Randy Newman's Faust, the West Coast premiere of Rent, the American premiere of Jane Eyre, the world premiere of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife and the currently running Tony Award-winning Broadway hits Memphis and Jersey Boys. The Playhouse also presents a wide range of award-winning education programs that enrich the community and serve more than 33,000 children, students and adults each year.
La Jolla Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, and was revived in 1983 under the leadership of Des McAnuff, who served as Artistic Director from 1983 to 1994. McAnuff was succeeded by Michael Greif, who served as Artistic Director from 1995 to 1999. The theatre is currently led by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg.
The Playhouse is a not-for-profit, professional theatre in residence situated on the magnificent campus of the University of California, San Diego. La Jolla Playhouse is located on the corner of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla, California.
La Jolla Playhouse is supported, in part, by grants from the City of San Diego, under a program managed by the Commission for Arts and Culture; former Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and the County of San Diego and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Playhouse also wishes to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: David C. Copley and the Helen K and James S. Copley Foundation; Audrey Geisel and the Dr. Seuss Foundation; Joan and Irwin Jacobs; Charmaine and Maury Kaplan; The Hughes and Sheila Potiker Family Foundation; the Jordan Ressler Endowment Fund; The William Hall Tippett and Ruth Rathell Tippett Foundation; The James Irvine Foundation and The Shubert Foundation.
La Jolla Playhouse Education and Outreach programs are supported by The William R. Hearst Foundations; the Crawford Smith Foundation; San Diego Scottish Rite Community Foundation; Qualcomm, Inc.; Wells Fargo Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation.