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Guest Artist Residencies

With the acceptance of the Arts & Culture Master Plan last year, the City of Carlsbad has affirmed its support for the arts as an integral part of daily life and a key component to enhancing the quality of life for all residents. This ten- year plan supports a new vision and is embodied in specific initiatives and programs including the Guest Artist Residency program. The Guest Artist Residency program is designed to celebrate local talent and showcase a notable array of gifted performers, musicians and artists from the region and across the nation.

Missoula Children’s Theatre

A Theatre Intensive for Young Performers

This week-long residency begins with a pre-registered audition day and culminates in two public performances.  The Missoula Children’s Theatre tour team will arrive in Carlsbad with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast. Participants can pre-register to secure their spot as a cast member for the week. Forty-three students, ages 7 - 14, are cast and well-rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs and choreography to perform in a full length musical. All Missoula Children’s Theatre shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales . . . a twist on the classic stories that you know and love. Sleeping Beauty will be coming to Carlsbad!

The Missoula Children's Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 44 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. 

How does one participate in Missoula Children’s Theatre?

  • The Theatre Intensive will be from April 13-18, 2020
  • Register at carlsbadconnect.org. Registration can be completed by parents/guardians of students. 
  • Participant registration is on a first come, first served basis.
  • The program will run from 9a.m. - 4p.m., Monday - Friday with two afternoon performances on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • The Theatre Intensive will take place at the Carlsbad City Library complex in the Schulman Auditorium and the Gowland Meeting Room, both located at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011.
  • This program is presented by the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office.
  • Fee: $150 per participant


Contact Community Arts Coordinator, Laurette Garner:
laurette.garner@carlsbadca.gov or at (760) 602-2084

For more information about Missoula Children’s Theatre: Missoula Children's Theatre Tour Brochure
Or download the Cultural Arts Flyer

Previous Guest Artist Residencies

Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddler Poet

Ken Waldman visited the City of Carlsbad to share his talents with the community from October 8-12, 2019. He performed and hosted workshops at various locations around the city, including: Pacific Ridge School, the Dove Library Complex (Cannon Art Gallery and Schulman Auditorium as part of Three-Part Art and Family Open Studios), Pine Center Teen Room, Carlsbad Senior Center, La Posada de Guadalupe Shelter, Carlsbad Village Faire and California State University San Marcos. In his time with the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts office, he was able to meet and interact with over 600 people.