About J*Company

J*Company was founded in 1993 as a Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center program by Founding Artistic Director Becky Cherlin Baird and Founding Executive Producer, Melissa Garfield Bartell. J*Company has since developed into one of San Diego's leading youth theatre companies.

Designed to engage and motivate youth to express themselves and connect with each other and their community through theatre development and performance, J*Company offers classes in theatre performance and production and has built a solid base of programming that focuses heavily on instruction.

With the development of the JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS and the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, J*Company has developed professionally mounted performances, and is now considered one of Southern California's leading family-based youth theatre companies.

J*Company Youth Theatre is the leading youth theatre program in San Diego, garnering local and national attention with its award winning productions as well as providing a foundation for young artists to train and develop their creative potential, giving them the opportunity to express themselves through the dramatic arts.

Mission Statement

With respect to the vision of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, the mission of J*Company is to maintain its emphasis as the region's leading culturally diverse youth theatre, fostering respect, and featuring young performers of exceptional potential and talent in the Broadway tradition.

Past Productions

1st Season: 1993-1994
-Bye Bye Birdie
-Lil' Abner

2nd Season: 1994-1995
-Damn Yankees
-Fiddler on the Roof

3rd Season: 1995-1996
-The Wizard of Oz

4th Season: 1996-1997
-Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
-The Music Man
-The Diary of Anne Frank
-The Wiz

5th Season: 1997-1998
-Cabaret Dessert Theatre
-Aesop's Fables
-How to Succeed in Business...

6th Season: 1998-1999
-Benjamin and Judah
-Annie Get Your Gun

7th Season: 1999-2000
-Grand Night of Singing
-Joseph and the Amazing...
-Number the Stars

8th Season: 2000-2001
-Peter Pan
-Bagels, Lox, & Broadway...
-Singing in the Rain

9th Season: 2001-2002
-Into the Woods
-Alexander and the Terrible...
-Hello, Tomorrow

10th Season: 2002-2003
-Fiddler on the Roof
-Charlotte's Web
-The Wizard of Oz
-Little Shop of Horrors

11th Season: 2003-2004
-Once Upon A Mattress
-Benjamin and Judah
-Alice in Wonderland

12th Season: 2004-2005
-Joseph and the Amazing...
-Pippi Longstocking

13th Season: 2005-2006
-Henry and Ramona
-Guys and Dolls
-Rumpelstiltskin is My Name

14th Season: 2006-2007
-Yours, Anne
-Beauty and the Beast
-Hansel and Gretel

15th Season: 2007-2008
The Disney Season
-Disney’s High School Musical
-Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS
-Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA
-Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS

16th Season: 2008-2009
J*Company Goes Green: Reuse! Recycle! Revive!
-Into The Woods
-Disney's High School Musical 2
-Fireflies: The Story of the Artists of Terezin, Featuring the Original Children’s Opera BRUNDIBAR

17th Season: 2009-2010
The Classic Family Musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein
-South Pacific
-The King And I
-The Sound of Music

18th Season: 2010-2011
Our Chai Season - 18 Years Celebrating Life
-Fiddler on the Roof
-13 -A New Musical
-Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
-Children of Eden

19th Season: 2011-2012
A Tribute to Broadway Shows Produced at La Jolla Playhouse
-Disney's Mulan
-The Who's TOMMY
-Thoroughly Modern Millie
-Xanadu - The Musical (Seriously!)
20th Season: 2012-2013
The Streisand Season - J*Company Youth Theatre Commemorates 20 Years
-Funny Girl
-Hello, Dolly!

21st Season: 2013-2014

ONCE UPON A TIME – Magic is Coming!
-Shrek – The Musical
-Disney's The Little Mermaid
-The Wizard of OZ
-Disney’s Tarzan