JUST ANNOUNCED – NEW DATES!
June 19 – July 21, 2017 | $1,500
Each summer the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse offers an intensive five week
acting experience for high school students in grades 10-12. The curriculum is designed to
prepare actors for a serious college theatre program and a career in the performing arts.
Our program focuses on the actor’s process. Eight hours a day, five days a week, our
students study acting, scene study, voice and speech, ensemble-devised performance,
movement and yoga alongside some of the most exciting theatre professionals in the field.
The 2017 Summer Conservatory is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Sidney E.
Each week acting students spend five weeks in intensive training classes which include:
- Classical Scene Study
- Modern Scene Study
- Stage Combat
- Ensemble Devised Performance
- Voice & Speech
Conservatory students also have the opportunity to work with the many exciting guest artists who
are in residence at the Playhouse during the summer season. Past award-winning artists include:
Christopher Ashley, Frank Galati, Jefferson Mays, Des McAnuff, BD Wong, Doug Wright, Roger Rees,
Claudia Shear, as well as cast members from Playhouse productions including Memphis,
Limelight and Peter and the Starcatcher. Conservatory students attend rehearsals and
La Jolla Playhouse productions.
Meet the Conservatory Director
James Pillar has been working in the professional Theatre for nearly 20 years in the
varied capacities of Director, Performer and Teacher. Directing projects include work for the Royal
Shakespeare Company (Summer Projects), BBC Radio, British Film Institute, Alakazoo Children's
Theatre (London) and Traveling Lantern (San Diego). James has performed his own work at the
Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Blue Coat Gallery (Liverpool), Green Room Theatre
(Manchester), and at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as touring Europe and the UK with the
award-winning Pants Performance Association. As a Teaching Artist for La Jolla Playhouse, James has
created original theatrical works with students both in school residency programs and at LJP’s Young
Performers Workshop. James holds an Honors Degree in Theatre, specializing in Directing, Composition
and Performance from Dartington College of Arts in the UK.
How to Apply
La Jolla Playhouse is interested in applicants who are willing to take risks, want to be part of
an ensemble and have an open mind about new ways to approach material.
The application for the Conservatory includes an online application with essay questions, two
letters of recommendation, an audition and an interview. All application materials must be
submitted by May 13. Auditions and interviews will be held at La Jolla Playhouse on April 30, May 1, and May 21. Parents and students are encouraged to meet at the Playhouse for an orientation prior
to the beginning of each program. T-shirts and schedules of activities will be distributed to
participants at this time. Orientation for all YP@LJP programs will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Please complete and submit your application online
Please have your references submit their letters of recommendation
Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $200 is required at the time of registration to hold
your spot, the remaining balance of $1,300 is due before the first day of the program.
A limited number of scholarships are available for students in need through The Sidney E. Frank Foundation. If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please fill out the application HERE.
Parents and students of all YP@LJP programs are encouraged to meet at the Playhouse for an orientation
prior to the beginning of the program. T-shirts and schedules of activities will be distributed to
participants at this time.
Orientation for all YP@LJP programs will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017. YPC orientation will take place from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
Click Here for a Map of the Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations
For more information on the Conservatory, please contact our Education & Outreach Department by
phone at (858) 550-1070 x101.
La Jolla Playhouse Conservatory Alumni have been accepted into these prestigious drama programs
across the country:
- American Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts
- American Conservatory Theatre
- Amherst College
- Bard College
- Boston Conservatory
- Boston University
- Carnegie Mellon
- College of Santa Fe
- Emerson College
- New York University
- North Carolina School of the Arts
- Northwestern University
- Occidental College
- University of Southern California
- University of California at Los Angeles, Irvine, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Santa Cruz
- Yale University
- They have also performed in major motion pictures, on television and in national tours.