Explore as learners. Create as artists. Reflect as educators. Apply in your classroom.

Join us this June to develop new skills, investigate new approaches and connect deeply with the art of theatre and your own personal creativity. Workshops are designed to help educators find meaning and enjoyment in the arts that they can share with their students. No experience necessary.

There is no cost to participate. All workshops will take place at the Music Center Annex in downtown Los Angeles. Parking and lunch will be provided.

Applications are now closed.


All educators working with young people are eligible to apply. Los Angeles County high school theatre teachers in under-resourced communities will receive priority for enrollment.

Summer Workshops Schedule

All workshops require physical movement. 

Monday, June 24

The Art of Listening, Improvising and Clowning

Learn the fundamentals of improvisation to create compelling characters and delightful moments, and examine how harnessing vulnerability can uncover our inner clown.

10am – 4pm
Instructor: Teaching Artist Zachary Bones
Capacity: 25 participants

Tuesday, June 25

Puppet Lab: Ensemble Puppetry

Explore the basic principles of breath, focus, and gravity to build multi-operator paper puppets and perform original short stories.

10am – 4pm
Instructor: Teaching Artist Tara Ricasa 
Capacity: 21 participants

Wednesday, June 26

Writing What You Know

Draw inspiration from your important life events to write a short personal monologue in a safe and supportive space. 

10am – 4pm
Instructor: Teaching Artist Aja Houston

Capacity: 20 participants

Thursday, June 27

Character Mask Performance

Learn mask technique through movement, play, character exploration and improvisation. 

10am – 4pm
Instructor: Resident Teaching Artist Estela Garcia
Capacity: 25 participants

Friday, June 28

Laban Movement for Actors

Incorporate movement, drawing, and speaking exercises to become aware of physical habits, deepen character work, and physicalize acting choices. This workshop will expand on last year’s session.

10am – 4pm
Instructor: Resident Teaching Artist Christine Breihan
Capacity: 25 participants