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Theatre of Arts Closure Announcement

Dear Theatre of Arts Community,

Since 1927, Theatre of Arts has stood as a beacon of artistic excellence and a nurturing ground for countless performing artists. And so it is with a heavy heart that we announce that TOA will be winding down operations, and closing its doors permanently on July 1, 2025. 

Theatre of Arts has been privately owned and operated since 2000 by Mr. Histake Shibuya, a legendary patron of the arts and founder of both ESP Guitars and the Campus Hollywood conglomerate of accredited entertainment colleges. Now retired in Japan, Mr. Shibuya and his family desire to consolidate their business footprint in the United States. Because TOA’s boutique conservatory model has historically generated only modest revenues, and continues to face financial difficulties in the challenging post-COVID education landscape, the Shibuyas have reluctantly decided to divest themselves of this historic institution. TOA’s dedicated administration, faculty, staff, and students are tremendously grateful to the Shibuya family for their quarter century of support.

We understand the profound impact this closure will have on our community. To ensure that our currently enrolled students can complete their degree programs, TOA will be implementing a comprehensive teach-out plan designed to ensure all remaining instruction adheres to the same quality and dedication that have always been the hallmark of our conservatory. The Theatre of Arts administration is coordinating closely with all local, state, and federal regulatory and accrediting entities to ensure that the teach-out plan is executed appropriately and that student records will remain accessible in perpetuity.

To our dedicated staff and faculty: your unwavering commitment and passion have been the heart and soul of this institution. Your contributions have shaped the careers of many and fostered a vibrant community of artists. We extend our deepest gratitude for your hard work, resilience, and the extraordinary care you have shown to our students.

To our students, both current and past: you are the lifeblood of Theatre of Arts. Your creativity, drive, and passion have filled our halls with life and energy. We are incredibly proud of all you have achieved and the remarkable impact you will continue to make in the world. We are committed to supporting you during this transition and beyond.

To our esteemed alumni: your successes are our legacy. You have carried the spirit of the Theatre of Arts into the world, enriching the arts and entertainment industry with your talent and dedication. We are honored to have been a part of your journey and will forever celebrate your accomplishments.

This decision has not been made lightly, and it comes after exhaustive efforts to explore every possible alternative. We share in your sorrow and stand united as we navigate these final steps together. The Theatre of Arts will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we are eternally grateful for the memories, the friendships, and the community we have built together.

Thank you for being a part of our storied history and for your understanding and support during this difficult time. All future updates on TOA’s closure will be posted at

With deepest appreciation and heartfelt gratitude,

David Conolly Executive Director Theatre of Arts Acting Conservatory Hollywood, CA


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