Santa Barbara’s Teen Theatre Company

Two Musicals. Straight Play. Year Round Experience.

We’re a performance conservatory that provides professional training, personal growth, and a like-minded tribe for teen actors aged 12-19.

Season 21-22:
back and brighter than ever

Rehearsals are in full swing on our two Tony award winning musicals, Something Rotten! on February 3-5, and Matilda the Musical, on March 10 – 12, both at the Marjorie Luke Theater. We’ll wrap up our season in May with an acting intensive showcase at the Center Stage Theater.  Join us for these exciting productions and follow us @lightsupsb!

We filmed two productions over the course of the coronavirus pandemic: David Ives’ hilariously avant garde comedy All in the Timing, and our own almost “impossible dream,” the romantic, idealistic and musically brilliant Man of La Mancha, starring actors from our advanced high school company.

And we were even able to perform a live, outdoor production of the beloved The Sound of Music, at Garden Street Academy. The hills were alive with the sound of music!

What we believe in

Trust comes first. Add a (very) high bar, deep respect, and creative passion. That's how professional actors—and great humans—come to be.

Find Your Light

Lights Up! Theatre Company is a haven for Santa Barbara teens to learn, stretch, trust, and go deeper than they’d gone before, all while having a blast. We are a company of actors who support one another as we each find our special light.

We present two professionally produced musicals in January and March, and  follow it up with a straight play in the Spring. We rehearse during the school year as a company to hone our craft, develop deep lifelong connections, and explore who we are as actors and people. We are a tribe. Want in?


How We Work

Company members can choose among two musical theatre tracks that lead to productions in January and March, and an acting intensive track that culminates in a performance at the Center Stage Theater in May. Or combine all three for the best opportunity to develop skills across all disciplines.  We work hard, and we play just as fiercely. Expect lots of focus and as much laughter. Guest artist workshops, field trips, and internship opportunities round out our curriculum. Sound exciting? The first step is to schedule a friendly, low-stress audition!


Big Fish / Majorie Luke Theatre / April 24-27, 2019 / Inaugural Musical Production!!!

“An astoundingly good production of a very fun show. The huge cast seemed well rehearsed and certainly enthusiastic, the big production numbers were full of fabulous set pieces and terrific dance sequences, and the costumes were worth the price of admission alone.” ~Montecito Journal

Want to join our company?

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