Discover the Multiple Intelligence of Art!



Arts Off Broadway (AOB) is a non-profit organization that provides visual and performing arts training for all ages and special needs individuals. As an arts education advocate AOB provides opportunity for artists to explore their creative curiosity. AOB associates and teaching artists provide:
Music Lessons: To include guitar training, piano lessons, voice lessons / singing lessons and vocal development. Our instructors mentor musicians and singer for performance preparation.
Entertainment and Public Speaking Coaching: To include acting classes, individual instruction for auditions, coaching for presentations, on camera acting instruction and detailed direction for stage presentations.

Production Assistance:

To include schedule coordination, lighting design and stage management.

Acting techniques are derived from

Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen and third generation Strasberg students

On camera technique developed from Terry Ross of ACTING PROFESSIONALLY.

Entertainment and Disc Jockey training supported by Dance N Groove DJ Service.


AOB is an Arts advocate that has joined forces with the

Escondido Alliance for Arts Education.


As a result of networking and collaboartion we are proud to have established a quality Art enhancement system for the youth of Escondido, designed by Cathy Hamilton, Mel Takahara of the California International Young Artist Competition (CIYAC) and Lenka Juric of the host site Arts Off Broadway (AOB).

Project Mission:

Establish a community-based system to formulate and implement strategies which enhance arts education in the Escondido schools.

Advocating Partners of Art Education

EAAE Coordinators

Captured above are the Escondido Alliance for Arts Education coordinators (from left to right - Cathy Hamilton, Mel Takahara, Lenka Juric). The sm{ART} Friday pilot project places teaching artists and trained parent volunteers with a wide range of disciplines in the classroom with Escondido elementary and middle school students. Art created in these classes will be displayed and performed in a community-wide Arts Education Festival.






Star Awards


Arts Off Broadway is a community theatre unique to San Diego's North County in that it sprung from roots as a youth theatre, exploded with success as a community theatre and then reinstituted its youth program so that entire families can enjoy theatrical experiences together in an environment that nurtures creativity and positive values.


In the spring of 2001, Escondido residents Don & Marie Verger (in the photo above) purchased property, which became the home of an after-school arts education program. "Hansel & Gretel" became the program's first production, followed by "Cinderella", "The Wizard of Oz", and a long string of successful shows, which filled theatres throughout the Escondido, Poway and Valley Center areas.

In spring of 2008, Arts Off Broadway was officially launched as a community theatre with a production featuring an adult cast, "Little Shop of Horrors", at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido (CCAE). Productions at the CCAE that followed include "Kiss Me Kate", "Peter Pan", "Urinetown" (which commanded an encore performance), "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat", which featured both an adult and youth cast. They also provided separate but similar projects like the "Summer of Sondheim" which included an adult production of "Sweeney Todd" with a junior version of "Into the Woods".

During the year of 2010 Arts Off Broadway produced 9 shows to include an original works and a 9/11 performance of "Songs for a New World". Following the cast of "Oliver", which rendered 5 families, parents with children, an opportunity to share the stage with one another, AOB tickled the community to tears, with sold out performances of the first North County production of "Hairspray", then educated them with an ambitious and single performance of the classic musical "Kismet".

Arts Off Broadway continues to expand their reach into the hearts of San Diego. Spring of 2012 an equity cast that included San Diego favorites; Leigh Scarritt, Paul Kruse and David McBean, inspired the community with the West Coast Premiere of "Next to Normal". Having provided the North County and South Bay communities 20 musicals with live orchestration in less than four years, AOB endeavored to explore the separate discipline and skill of acting. A non-musical production of "Pride and Prejudice" in cooperation with the Ivy Players, and a unique version of "A Midsummer Nights Dream" reinforced the value of the craft of dramatic arts. "Sharing the art of performance and educating individuals on their own unique abilities to create and communicate through art, helps individuals discover multiple intelligences and expands the capacity for empathy" says Arts Off Broadway's current Executive Artist Director, Lenka Juric. "I have dedicated myself to the art of performance and the effectiveness of alternate forms of communication". Her multi-talents as a musician, singer, actor, choreographer and director, continues to inspire San Diego County with acting classes, vocal training, personal voice development, music lessons to include piano and guitar, music theory and all aspects of performance arts. "As we continue to develop Arts Off Broadway, our goal is to educate as many people as possible that everyone has a voice through art."

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Arts Off Broadway is incorporated under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code as a non-profit corporation.
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Arts Off Broadway | Updated 02/15/2015