About South Bay Conservatory

The South Bay Conservatory is a non-profit 501(c)(3) performing arts school specializing in youth musical theatre.  We have educated students from the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Torrance, and surrounding communities for over 50 years.

Founded in 1964 to provide music instruction to students residing in the South Bay and surrounding communities, over a period of years the Conservatory expanded to include dance and musical theatre with a faculty of more than 30 accomplished professional musicians, dancers, and educators who teach and perform throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
Due to the sale and demolition of our previous facility, all private and group classes were terminated effective January 1, 2006. To keep the Conservatory in existence, the Board of Directors decided to change our method of teaching from singing, dancing and acting classes to teaching only musical theatre, using the stage as our "classroom."   With the assistance of the Torrance Performing Arts Consortium (TPAC) in the restructuring needed for our new format, and the Torrance Unified School District/Torrance High School and the First Baptist Church of Palos Verdes, both of which have generously allowed us to use their facilities for our rehearsals and some performances, our musical theatre instruction has continued successfully. 
We have two different Musical Theatre Companies, our Premier Musical Theatre Company, generally for ages 8 through 18, and our Youth Musical Theatre Company, for ages 5 through 13, each of which offers three productions each year, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  Learn more about our musical theatre companies. 

Why SBC?

  • Smaller cast sizes 

  • No double casting

  • Everyone rehearses together to maximize learning opportunities and encourage friendships and bonding. 

  • Open rehearsals - we are proud of our directors and the incredible level of instruction they provide. 

  • Nuturing and positive environment to foster creativity and individual expression.  

  • High quality productions, with professional sets, lighting, sound, and costumes. 

SBC is Governed by an All-Volunteer
Board of Directors

President: Peggy Dowell

Vice President: Owen Griffith

Treasurer and Executive Director: Linda Dryer

Secretary: Geetha Vasishta

Members at Large: Kay Blanchard, Kira Legg, and Sara Ramos

Advisor: Cindy Legg

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