To share in providing the community with a year-round schedule of affordable live theatre produced to serve the cultural, educational, and entertainment needs of the community.
To welcome and provide an avocational opportunity for all volunteers interested in the theatre arts to participate in the many activities of community theatre.
The Conejo Players was born in 1958 with a "Let's start a theatre" attitude, a meager treasury, and a handful of volunteers to build a stage in a barn and put on shows. Within seven years -- and a history of some 20-plus productions -- that attitude evolved into: "Let's build a theater!" With the generosity of the Janss Foundation and a no-interest construction loan, a 126-seat theatre opened at the current S. Moorpark Road location in July 1964. In 1974, on the tenth anniversary of the building (and nearly 50 productions later), the mortgage was paid. And after eight more years (that's another 40 Mainstage shows and eight Conejo Afternoon Theater [CAT] productions), the urge to grow lead to a new lobby, new restrooms, new theatre seats, and an increased capacity of 185.
Within the next decade (more than 40 more productions and 30 CAT shows later!), the space demanded a workshop and rehearsal/storage areas. In 1989, an 1800-square-foot expansion was added to the back of the theatre; prop, set storage, and scene shop areas were all greatly enhanced. Ten more years pass -- that's over 60 Mainstage productions, 35 CAT shows, and three Children's Theater productions -- and the interior of the auditorium began showing its age. The need to refurbish, improve, and remodel with air conditioning, improved access, and new seats became the still-ongoing "Reaching for the Stars" campaign. Due to several generous donations, the Phase One remodel was completed in 2002. And in 2005, the desire to enhance the Conejo Players' musical theatre capabilities lead to construction of an orchestra pit prior to the opening musical of the '06 season.
There's no end to the creativity here at Conejo Players Theatre. Join us!
Play Submission Guidelines
Conejo Players Theatre accepts new full-length plays, comedies, musicals, and plays for children. Musicals should include a demo CD of the songs in addition to the script.
The CPT season is year-round and follows a calendar-year schedule. The upcoming year's season is selected February through May and announced in August.
Submissions may be made anytime to:
CONEJO PLAYERS THEATRE
ATTN: Executive Director
351 S. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008
If the manuscript is to be returned, a self-addressed pre-paid envelope should be included with the submission materials. All material should be clearly labeled with the playwright's name, address, phone number, and email address (if available). Submissions will be considered year-round but may not be returned until scheduling is completed mid-year.
Reaching For the Stars Campaign
In celebration of Conejo Players' 40th anniversary season, the "Reaching for the Stars" Capital Improvement Campaign was undertaken. The theatre building was 35-years-old and needed major refurbishing and upgrading.
View the Donations page to see what we've been up to, what's still to come, and how YOU can help. Your generous participation is needed, welcomed, and will be rewarded!