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Theater Workshops
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 25 years. Our newly launched educational program has been offering workshops in vocals, acting, dance, and audition preparation for the past year, first on Zoom and now in person using all Covid safety protocols. A highly skilled team has designed curriculum for all levels of experience from the novice to the advanced.

Our goal is to include everyone who wishes to take these workshops! We never turn away any student because they cannot pay full tuition. Students do not need to apply for a scholarship or to provide any family financial information.

We are able to do this because of the generosity of our Morgan-Wixson community. If you could donate any amount in addition to the tuition for your student, we will provide you with a donation letter for your tax return and we will be so grateful.


For ages 7-14
Mondays from 3:45 to 5:00 beginning September 12
To introduce novice artists to all aspects of theatre by teaching fundamental skills in all areas of performance: acting, dance, voice & musical theatre auditions
Tuition: $325

For ages 7-14 who have completed Intro to Theatre Part 1
Mondays from 5:00 to 6:30 beginning September 12
To continue to build and strengthen skills learned in Intro 1 in all performance areas
Tuition: $350

For ages 10-18 who have completed Intro to Theatre Part 1 and 2 OR completed 2 or 3 YES shows OR who have prior stage experience or training
Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:00 beginning September 14
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.
Tuition: $400

For ages 10-18 who have completed Performance Foundations OR who have completed 5 or more YES shows OR who have extensive prior stage experience/training
Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:00 beginning September 15
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.
Tuition: $400

For ages 10 to adult
Sundays from 10:00 to 11:30 am beginning September 18
Like dance, theatrical swordplay is both complex in structure and beautiful in execution. The timing must be precise and the form flawless all while being executed with effortless flair. Training in theatrical combat will improve your posture, balance, eye-hand coordination and isometric strength. You will memorize complex sequences and time your actions with a partner all while continuously recalling a litany of movements, attacks, parries and evasions. It goes without saying that all of this also requires a tremendous amount of mental focus. Did I mention you get to play with swords?
Tuition: $250 as a single class, $150 in combination with a preceding Workshop
75th Anniversary Celebration & Gesling Stage Dedication
We are thrilled to finally celebrate the Morgan-Wixson's 75th Anniversary and dedication of the stage to Anne & Larry Gesling.

We hope you will consider making a donation in any amount to help cover the costs of this gala event!

Anne and Larry have requested that any funds above the costs of the evening be donated to the Youth Workshop Fund. This fund enables us to welcome all children to our theater classes regardless of their ability to pay.

Thank you for your continued support of the Morgan-Wixson!

We were so excited to reopen our Mainstage after its 2-year intermission! We were so happy to welcome you back.

But the effects of COVID-19 still linger.

We have increased our efforts in cleaning, masking, and screening. We improved our air circulation system and bought a wide range of new tools and supplies to help keep our spaces safe. But the costs of mounting a new season of shows with the associated costs of safety for our patrons and guests have continued to strain our budget, especially after two years without ticket sales. We hope you can make a donation of any amount to our reopening efforts.

For the foreseeable future, there are upfront costs to mounting the rest of the 2022 season, our first full season after reopening, that we won’t be able to cover.

There is no gift too large or too small. For every donation we would like to thank you with the following:

$1 - $99 - Personalized thank you note from the President
$100 - $249 - MWT car decal + gift from previous level
$250 - $499 - Morgan-Wixson mask + gifts from previous level
$500 - $999 - Personal video message from a popular MWT character/actor + gifts from previous level
$1000+ - Wine tasting and tickets for 2 at the Morgan-Wixson’s first live event + gifts from previous level

All donations are tax deductible. Santa Monica Theatre Guild (dba Morgan-Wixson Theatre) is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our federal tax ID number is 95-6045356.

Morgan-Wixson Theatre
Santa Monica Theatre Guild (dba Morgan-Wixson Theatre) is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our federal tax ID number is 95-6045356.
Giving Levels:
Friends: $25-$49
Sponsors: $50-$99
Supporters: $100- $199
Contributors: $200 - $499
Sustainers: $500 - $999
Patrons: $1,000 - $1,999
Directors: $2,000 - $4,999
Associate Producers: $5,000-$9,999
Producers: $10,000-$24,999
Executive Producers: $25,000 and above