Fall 2022 Youth Theater Workshops

The Morgan-Wixson Theatre and the Youth Education / Entertainment Series (Y.E.S) have been working with youth actors and delighting audiences throughout the Los Angeles area for over 27 years. In addition, this educational program offers workshops in vocals, acting, dance and audition preparation. 

A highly skilled team has designed a curriculum for all levels of experience from the novice to the advanced. We hope you can join us!

Location: All Workshops will take place at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica.  

More details provided upon registration.  

Dates: Our workshops begin the week of September 11, 2022.

Tuition: Our goal is for total inclusion and we realize that there will be families that cannot afford this opportunity given current circumstances. The tuition is listed below under each workshop description, but if you are unable to pay part or all of the tuition, we are accepting all students on a “pay what you can” basis. There is no need to apply for a scholarship or to provide any family financial information. If your family is able to donate money above the tuition to help support this program, we will provide you with a donation letter for your tax return (and be eternally grateful).

Vaccinations: All students must be fully vaccinated. Masking is still required in our theatre.

Please note: These workshops are designed to support and expand a young actor’s skills, therefore it is possible to be enrolled in workshops and still be cast in a Y.E.S. show.

The instructors of the workshops and directors of the shows will work together to coordinate the rehearsal schedule to avoid missing workshops as much as possible if a student is both enrolled in workshops and also cast in a current show.

Also, please note that enrolling in workshops is not a guarantee of being cast in a show.   

Intro to Theater Part 1

- for youth with very little or no experience and/or training.

To introduce novice artists to all aspects of theatre by teaching fundamental skills in all areas of performance: acting, dance, voice & musical theatre auditions

Mondays, 3:45-5:00 pm for ages 7-14

Tuition: $325

September 12 – December 12 (NO class held on 9/26 or 10/31)


Intro to Theater Part 2

- for students who have completed Intro to Theatre Part 1

To continue to build and strengthen skills learned in Intro 1 in all performance areas

Mondays, 5:00-6:30 pm for ages 11-18

Tuition: $350

September 12 – December 12 (NO class held on 9/26 or 10/31)


Performance Foundations

-for students who have completed Intro to Theater Parts 1 and 2 OR who have completed 2 or 3 Y.E.S shows OR who have prior stage experience and/or training (private lessons, outside performance programs). This workshop is a prerequisite for Advanced Performance Foundations.

Students are introduced to the Stanislavski “System of Wants” Acting Technique and how it applies to scene work and musical theater auditions. Musical theater dance skills are not continued in this workshop.

Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 pm for ages 10-18 

Tuition: $400 

September 14 – December 14 (NO classes held on 10/3, 11/2 or 11/23)

Advanced Performance Foundations

-for students who have completed Performance Foundations, OR who have completed 5 or more YES shows OR who have extensive prior stage experience and/or training (private lessons, outside performance programs).

Actors further explore the Stanislavski “System of Wants” applied to scene work and cold reading techniques. Students also focus on either musical theatre audition songs or monologues with an emphasis in the System of Wants, scoring and beats.

Thursdays 4:30 - 6:00 for ages 12-18 

Tuition: $400*

September 15 - December 15 (NO classes held on 11/3 or 11/24)


Additional Training Module

This module is designed to be taken with one of the workshops above or separately

Stage Combat

Training in theatrical combat will improve your posture, balance, eye-hand coordination and isometric strength. Like dance, theatrical swordplay is both complex in structure and beautiful in execution. You will learn sequences of sword fighting such as parries, attacks and evasions as well as hand-hand combat techniques. It goes without saying that all of this also requires mental focus. 


Sundays, 10-00 – 11:30am for ages 10-adult

September 11 - November 20 (NO class held on 11/13)


Tuition: Session $250 as a single class, $150 in combination with a preceding Workshop

Workshop Placement: It is our goal that each participant has the most beneficial experience. Please email us if you would like guidance to find the workshop that most fits your student’s needs. In addition, our administrators may wish to move a participant into a different class dependent on experience and will consult with the participant and parent(s) as needed.

Limited Enrollment!

Please register by Fri. September 9 to ensure your spot.

Register here!

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Praise for our Workshops

From the Parent/Guardians:

You were all wonderful and so encouraging to the students. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

My child grew because of the constructive feedback that was provided by the instructors.”

“… wanted to thank you all SO MUCH for this incredible opportunity and for opening the doors of musical theater for (our daughter). She absolutely LOVES theater, stories, performing, musicals, and music so the integration of all these into one passion outlet is dream come true for her. You’ve been amazing and a wonderful source of joy for her during a most challenging season of life. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


What a wonderful program you created for our kids to learn and practice their craft. (Our daughter) would light up every Wednesday knowing she got to spend time with her MWT peeps. In times like this, it means even more to give our children positive experiences that bring them joy.”

From the Participants:

I really grew so much as a performer! It was really helpful.”

I loved this workshop so much. It definitely changed all of skills for the better.

Since I am really wanting to continue with the MWT, these workshops were extremely helpful to me because I could get familiar with some of the theater’s/director’s expectations and styles.”

Register today!