More than a dozen staff members at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) will be laid off next year, an spokesperson confirmed with NBC 7.
According to the spokesperson, 21 production staff members with the Department of Theatre and Dance had received notices of layoffs effective in January, 2017.
But all of those staff members will be given the opportunity to apply for positions to work for the La Jolla Playhouse or the department.
The layoffs were announced on Wednesday.
In a statement, the UCSD released the following statement, which in part, read:
"The plan, which takes effect in January 2017, involves the reorganization of UC San Diego’s production staff to ensure that both organizations are provided with dedicated staff to achieve organizational goals. UC San Diego staff currently sharing time with both UC San Diego and the La Jolla Playhouse will have the opportunity to be hired to positions dedicated to either institution. The campus and the La Jolla Playhouse remain committed to UC San Diego student residencies and continuing most production work at theaters in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre District on the university’s campus."