"Our daughter learned more about drama in one week with SMP than in all the productions she's ever done - put together. We're absolutely ecstatic!" raves educator J. Dohr. "I am continuously impressed! The workshops and plays are structured so that every child can be successful!" raves B. Clough. Daily Variety calls it, "One of the best in the country!" No small parts - no playing the second tree or third spear carrier – no double or triple casting - every child receives a role written specifically for them, based on their creative input, highlighting their strengths and challenging them to excel in all theatre skills, including performance and stage technique, teamwork, self-confidence, creative expression and communication, projection and enunciation, as well as reading and language comprehension, theatre etiquette, and a true love of and appreciation for theatre arts. And small classes mean lots of personal attention for every member of the class.


Enrollment is open for the Fall session of this ever popular workshop program, now in its 50th year, a fun experience that helps students expand their imagination as they act, sing, dance, play theatre games, improvise, work with costumes and make-up, lighting and sound, sets and props, and perhaps best of all, collaborate with professional playwrights and directors to create an awesome fully staged original production with music, written just for them. No experience needed, but even the most advanced young actor will benefit from this workshop.


Classes meet weekly:


Play Production/Musical Theatre (ages 7-12) Thurs, 4:00 to 6:30pm, Sept 12-Nov 21 or Sat, 9:00 to 11:30am, Sept 14-Nov 23.


Teen Performance Lab Sat (ages 12-17) 9:00 to 11:30am, Sept 14-Nov 23


Early Stages (ages 4-6) Sat, 10:00am to 11:30am, Sept 21-Nov 23


Enrollment accepted through September 28. Don’t worry if you miss the deadline – there are great Winter and Spring Break Theatre Camps, too, and even workshops for adults!


Playhouse conservatory alumni include Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, Diana Silvers, Jason Segel, Obi Ndefo, Shana Feste, Rina Mimoun, Cami Anderson (Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World) and Maroon 5's Mickey Madden, who calls the program "Great in so many ways!"


Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to be an approved program on LAArtsEd.org, Los Angeles County's one-stop-shop for quality arts education programs.

Past dates

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  • Starting Thursday, September 12th, 2019, repeated every week on Thursday until Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Starting Saturday, September 14th, 2019, repeated every week on Saturday until Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am


Santa Monica Playhouse Education Conservatory

Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Santa Monica Playhouse Education Conservatory