Theater Education & Outreach Program


Whether you are an aspiring actor or just want to try something new, ETC students will find themselves at ease in this supportive classroom environment as they expand their comfort zone, hone their skills and explore the exciting art of acting! Classes are held in the Fall and Winter and available for kids, teens and adults. 

Young Actors Conservatory

ETC’s Young Actors Conservatory is a rigorous performance-training program offering aspiring performers the experience of working in a professional setting alongside working theater artists. Students receive challenging and innovative training supported by a comprehensive curriculum that balances performance and technique. The 2022 summer programs include  CAMP BROADWAY for ages 8-12, and THE ACTING INTENSIVE and THE MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP for ages 13-19. 

Young Playwrights Festival

The development of story-tellers for the future of the American Theater may be one of the most valuable educational programs that the ETC can offer the Santa Barbara community.  This 5 month-long program is free to all students ages 13-19. Acceptance is by application. 

Student Matinees

Many of ETC’s mainstage productions are presented at a special student matinee for teachers and their students. Educators receive in advance a study guide to assist in preparing students for the production. Performances are usually followed by a post-performance talk with the cast. Free for public school groups and financial assistance for transportation is available. 

Apprenticeships & Internships

Internships and apprenticeships are available in the following areas: theater craft (sets, costumes, lighting, and sound), stage management, backstage crew, and administration. If you are interested please email

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