ABOUT US

 

The Santa Monica Theatre Guild is a 501(c)(3) [non-profit] organization, EIN of 95-6045356 for tax purposes, with a DBA of the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, and is the recipient of grants from the California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Santa Monica Arts Commission.

The Santa Monica Theatre Guild at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre is a not-for-profit volunteer community theatre that provides a balanced, varied and challenging season of published plays. Our mission is to entertain, educate, enrich, and inspire all ages – engaging the community in live theatre experiences which reflect dramatic and cultural diversity.

We serve the community by producing plays which reflect its cultural diversity and allow all who participate the opportunity to grow in their abilities.

 

The Morgan-Wixson Theatre's Youth Education/Entertainment Series (Y.E.S.) is part of our commitment to engaging young audiences, training young talent, and supporting literacy. Participants range in age from 8-18.

 

Y.E.S. offers four youth productions each year and one full-length Youth Musical each November/ December; performances are on Saturdays and Sundays. Most Y.E.S. shows are selected to support national and local school reading lists.

For information about our weekday school shows, send an email to mwtyes@gmail.com.

Y.E.S. productions are open to all and there are no fees or membership dues for participation. To perform or work behind-the-scenes, please sign up to receive audition information by joining our mailing list.

In being selected for this honor, Y.E.S. joins prior winners such as the respected Adventure Stage Chicago and Dallas Children’s Theatre. This prestigious national award honors a theatre company serving young audiences which has been in operation at least two but not more than five years. Criteria include a high level of artistic production, sound management practices, and community engagement. AATE is the leading national organization in the United States for theatre educators, theatre artists, and educators who use drama and/or theatre in the classroom.

 

In his recommendation of Y.E.S. for the award, Tom Whaley, the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, wrote: “I see it as a win-win in terms of younger students seeing older students and adult actors on stage, reinforcing literacy and allowing students to attend a live theatre performance in a real theatre!”

Y.E.S. named 2008 Outstanding New Children’s Theatre Company!

Awarded by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)

 

An interview with Anne Gesling, director of “Seussical! The Musical”

 

Our 2017 Geoffrey Awards

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Christopher P. Tiernan III as Cat in the Hat in Seussical

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Annalisa Erickson as Florence Foster Jenkins in Glorious

Best Supporting Actress:

Janet Krajeski as Joanne in Company & Annie Claire Hudson as Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical

Best Supporting Actor:

Nicholas Vizzi as Jojo in Seussical

Best Character Actor:

Daniel Koh as Mr. Mayor in Seussical

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Our 2016-2017 Scenie Awards

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

(Musical, Larger Theater)

Paul Luoma in Company

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role:

(Musical, Larger Theater)

Amy Coles in Company, Janet Krajeski in Company

Outstanding Performance by a Child Actor:

Nicholas Vizzi in Seussical

Outstanding Ensemble Cast Lead Performance:

(Musical, Larger Theatre)

Amy Coles, Steven Flowers, Annie Claire Hudson, Spencer Johnson, Alicia Luoma, Chris Tiernan, and Nicholas Vizzi in Seussical

Outstanding Ensemble Cast Performance:

(Musical, Larger Theatre)

Amy Coles, Krystal Jasmin Combs, Devon Davidson, Paul Luoma, Larry Gesling, Amanda Greig, Brayden Hale, Spencer Johnson, Janet Krajeski, PaulLumoa, Suzanne Mayes, Brian O'Sullivan, Alicia Reynolds-Luoma, Craig Sherman, and Emilia Sotelo in Company

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Our 2016-2017 National Youth Arts Awards

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical:

Zoe D’Andrea as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical:

Anilee List as Dorothy Brown in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Outstanding Featured Actress (Junior Division):

Thea Lawson as Bulletin Board Fairy in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.

Outstanding Ensemble:

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Outstanding Costume Design:

Anne Gesling for Thoroughly Modern Millie

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Our 2016-2017 National Youth Arts Nominations

Outstanding Production:

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical:

Quinn Snow Robinson as Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical:

Sofia Cohen as Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play:

Daisy Billington as Lillian Magill in The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!

Outstanding Lead Actress (Junior Division):

Sophie Salisbury as Toad in A Year with Frog and Toad

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Since 1946, the Santa Monica Theatre Guild (Morgan-Wixson Theatre) has been a source of entertainment, inspiration, and education for residents of Santa Monica, the Westside and Los Angeles. For all these years at Santa Monica’s only community theatre, thousands of performers, designers, technicians, and volunteers have dedicated themselves to enriching the cultural life of the area by providing hundreds of outstanding theatrical productions, workshops and showcase performances. We offer a full season of five musical and non-musical plays with a subscription series, single-show and group reservations, as well as student and senior discounted admissions.

 

2627 Pico Blvd.