La Jolla, CA–La Jolla Playhouse has announced leadership positions for its revamped Education and Outreach Department.
The new Department of Learning and Engagement will be headed up by Bridget Cavaiola as Director of Learning, and Jacole Kitchen as Director of Arts Engagement and In-House Casting.
The Department of Learning and Engagement, which will live under the artistic umbrella, is a merging of the Playhouse’s education and community engagement efforts, with the intention of deepening relationships with students and educators (K-12 and college level), adult learners, the military community and other groups that make up our diverse and vibrant San Diego community.
Cavaiola will oversee the Playhouse’s learning initiatives, including in-school residencies and partnerships, summer youth programs, teacher training workshops and adult theatre classes; while Kitchen will oversee arts engagement programs, such as the Veterans Playwriting Workshop, the Playhouse Leadership Council, and community-based theatre projects. Kitchen will also continue to head up the Playhouse’s local casting process, working in tandem with leading industry casting directors to cast all Playhouse productions. Both will be involved in planning the Playhouse’s pre- and post-show audience engagement activities, such as The Green Room, Talkback Tuesday and Discovery Sunday. Additionally, both will serve as producers of the Playhouse’s Performance Outreach Program Tour, commissioning artists to create an original play for elementary school students each year.
For more information on the Playhouse’s Learning and Engagement activities, visit lajollaplayhouse.org/learningandengagement.