Auditions for Playhouse’s youth programs begin this weekend

La Jolla Playhouse is preparing for summer with its annual youth theater programs, the Young Performers Workshop (YPW) and the summer Conservatory program. Auditions for all programs begin March 28.

In YPW, students in grades two through 12 interact with theater professionals in activities that focus on acting, movement, musical theater, playmaking and puppetry. Along with daily workshops, students get to see behind the scenes at La Jolla Playhouse, meeting professionals who help bring the Tony Award-winning theatre’s year-round productions to life. Children are divided into specific age groups and at the end of each group’s workshop, family and friends are invited for an informal final presentation at the Playhouse. YPW runs June 22 through July 17.

In the summer Conservatory program, a pre-professional training program for actors in grades 10 through 12, students have the opportunity to develop professional theater skills. Eight hours a day, five days a week students study acting, text analysis, voice, movement, singing, etc. They also get a chance to work with playwrights in residence, which have included Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning artists such as Doug Wright, writer of I Am My Own Wife. Alumni of the Playhouse’s Conservatory program have been accepted to prestigious universities such as Yale University, New York University, Carnegie Mellon, Emerson College, Julliard and the American Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts. The Conservatory runs June 29 through Aug. 7.

Both programs will be held at La Jolla Playhouse. The Playhouse’s application process includes an audition, two letters of recommendation, essay questions and an interview. Applications are due April 1 and auditions will be held March 28 and April 4-5 at La Jolla Playhouse.

For more information on the application process or tuition, call (858) 550-1070, ext. 101, or visit