La Jolla Playhouse advances theatre as an art form and as a vital social, moral and political platform by providing unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow. With our youthful spirit and eclectic, artist-driven approach we will continue to cultivate a local and national following with an insatiable appetite for audacious and diverse work. In the future, San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse will be considered singularly indispensable to the worldwide theatre landscape, as we become a permanent safe harbor for the unsafe and surprising. The day will come when it will be essential to enter the La Jolla Playhouse village in order to get a glimpse of what is about to happen in American theatre.
To fulfill this mission, the Playhouse produces a mainstage season of 6 to 8 innovative productions of new plays, classics and musicals, many of which are world premieres, and supports the creation of new work through its "Page To Stage" play development program, which includes commissions, readings and workshops. The Playhouse operates with fiscal responsibility and works to attract a large and diverse audience reflective of our community. The Playhouse also presents a wide range of education programs that enrich the community and serve the maximum number of children, students and adults.
La Jolla Playhouse is situated on the University of California San Diego Campus, just minutes from I-5. Performances take place in three theatres, each within view and a short walk from each other. The Mandell Weiss Theatre, the largest of the theatres, is a proscenium stage. The Mandell Weiss Forum is a thrust stage. The new Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, opened in February, 2005, is a black-box theatre located in the new Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for La Jolla Playhouse.
In addition to producing 6 mainstage productions each season, La Jolla Playhouse presents Page to Stage readings and workshops, tours to schools with an annual production, offers recreational acting classes in partnership with UCSD Extension Division and offers summer programs for young people.