West Performing Arts | Santa Cruz, CA


Every August, our summer season comes to a close with an outstanding showcase performance of the teen acting conservatory.   The past 2 weeks have been invigorating, challenging, exhausting, inspiring, motivating and it all culminates in one night of theatre magic.


  1. Friday, August 13 at 7pm
  2. Little Theatre at Harbor High (300 La Fonda Ave. in Santa Cruz)
  3. Tickets $10 (available at the door)

Running Time:  Each play runs 60 minutes.

** Lysistrata employs the use of air horns and is most enjoyed by ages 13+ (PG 13) because of strong language and adult situations and sexual innuendo.

On stage at the Broadway Playhouse

What do you get when you put 11 playwrights and 13 actors in a room for 5 days and ask them to consider a hero’s journey as inspiration?…you get an awesome original script with 9 protaganist 15 quick changes and a lot of laughter played out on stage.


  1. Created by Aaron Deutsch, Rose Paten, Scarlet Herr, Morgan Baker, Elise Garza, Ily Goulton, Jacob Deutsch, Molly Craft, Jonah Paten, Rose Shapiro and William Hobbs
  2. Performed by the same plus Helen Wilson and Gloria Panttaja
  3. With guest artists Deb Bell (playwriting) & Gannon Pillsbury (props & set)
  • Saturday, August 13 at 4:30pm; and
  • Sunday, August 14 at 11am
  • Tickets: $6 each;  available at the door
  • at the Broadway Playhouse


Advance Acting Programs for Teens Now Enrolling!

Ashland 2016

WEST is going to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival– and you are invited!

That’s right– up to 6 shows and 3 workshops and 1 tour in 4 days!

Have a great time seeing world class theatre. Register for Ashland right away.

We only have 12 spots available!   Find out more


Acting Conservatory with Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Have you ever wanted to work with the actors, directors and core staff of a professional theatre company?  This is your chance. Join us in our 9th year of collaboration with Santa Cruz Shakespeare in bringing the Bard to the next generation of actors.  Find out more


First Folio: Advanced Conservatory

The study and production of Aristophane’s Lysistrata with John Pasha

John Pasha

First Folio is designed for students with a foundational knowledge of classical text, who have demonstrated a commitment to the rigor of the WEST/SCS Conservatory program, are ready to explore their role as actor to a professional standard, and are planning on pursuing theatre at the university or professional level.  Find out more

The Adventure is just beginning…

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