About J*Company

J*Company Youth Theatre is a nationally recognized, award winning youth theater program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS in La Jolla, California. Guided and inspired by seasoned professionals in the theatre industry, J*Company Youth Theatre provides performing arts opportunities to children and teens, ages 4 through 18, regardless of gender, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation or economic status. In a safe and nurturing environment, J*Company youth explore the magic of theatre as they train and develop their creative potential, while building confidence and self-esteem. J*Company Youth Theatre also offers scholarship and outreach opportunities making J*Company’s award winning theater productions and programming affordable for all San Diego youth.

Mission Statement

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


Founded in 1993 by Founding Artistic Director Becky Cherlin Baird and Founding Executive Producer, Melissa Garfield Bartell, J*Company is recognized as one of Southern California’s leading family-based youth theatre companies. J*Company’s professionally mounted performances are based out of the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, a 495-seat state of the art theatre facility located at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS in La Jolla, California.

Since 2006, J*Company has been under the artistic direction of Joey Landwehr. A renowned leader in theatre, Joey was recognized by the City of San Diego when it proclaimed October 18th, 2016 Joey Landwehr Day.

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

22nd Season: 2014-2015
-Disney's Peter Pan
-The Pirates of Penzance
-West Side Story

23rd Season: 2015-2016
Bringing Great Stories to Life!
-R.A.W. Mystery Flavor
-R.A.W. Maury Yeston's Phantom
-Disney's Mary Poppins
-Seussical Jr.
-Annie Warbucks
-Once on This Island

24th Season: 2016-2017
-R.A.W. Titanic, The Musical
-R.A.W. Mystery Flavor
-R.A.W. Urinetown
-R.A.W. Hair
-Aladdin, Jr.
-The Wiz
-Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Jr.
-Ragtime, School Edition