La Jolla Playhouse partners with school districts across the county to place professional theatre educators in the schools for long-term, intensive artist residencies aimed at providing young people with meaningful opportunities to experience, learn about, and create theatre.
The CARE Program is a collaboration between La Jolla Playhouse, the San Diego Museum of Photographic Art and the The Timken Museum which provides educators and students of San Diego elementary schools with quality arts-based lessons that enhance the opportunity for arts integration in grades 1-8. With a focus on theatre, photography, painting and craft, this program culminates in a student-created in-school exhibition that is open to the public to explore.
Since 1991 La Jolla Playhouse and the Visual and Performing Arts Department of San Diego County Office of Education, have been recognized as a "Partners-in-Education" site as certified by the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for our Arts Academy program. This unique partnership places professional teaching artists in schools with classroom teachers in order to incorporate advanced theatre 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.
Playhouse teaching artists work in partnership with City of San Diego Police STAR/PAL Program to create interactive lessons that teach adolescents the importance of self-respect, community and the law. Throughout this program, high school and middle schools students explore issues related to juvenile violence, justice and peer pressure and through creative writing, role play and performance. This powerful program gives a voice to those students who often feel oppressed and marginalized at their schools and in their communities.
The Playhouse is proud to be an affiliate of Unified Theater, an organization that dissolves typical barriers between youth through transformative, school-based performing arts programming. At Unified Theater, young people with and without disabilities, of all backgrounds, come together as equals to put on a production. The concept is simple: let teens lead, let creativity rule, and put the Spotlight on Ability.
La Jolla Playhouse is also pleased to partner with schools and teachers to develop specialized workshops and residency programs for the classroom. Our teaching artists provide multi-level instruction in stage combat, storytelling, play development, movement and other theatre techniques. Requests for workshops and residency programs are welcomed.