Joey Landwehr, Artistic Director
Joey Landwehr is the proud Artistic Director for J Company Youth Theatre. Joey has won over 40 awards for his work with young artists in San Diego, including a special creativity award for shaving his head with his lead in THE KING AND I, Yul Brynner style, and raising over $10,000 for Rady Children’s Hospital's Cancer Unit - earning him the title Joey "Do Anything For The Arts" Landwehr.
Joey moved to San Diego after being a professional actor and director in New York City working on and off Broadway, national tours, regional theatre and directing and soloing at Carnegie Hall. Joey received his MFA in acting and directing from The Ohio State University and has studied under such instructors as Betty Buckley, Marcel Marceau, Francis Sternhagen, F. Murry Abraham, Twila Tharpe and has had the great privilege of working with such greats as Phyllis Diller, Sam Harris, Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Mallory, Joel Grey, Kaye Ballard, Michael Feinstein, Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone & Howard Keel.
Joey has worked in all medias of entertainment and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), the Actors Alliance of San Diego (AASD), and Americans for the Arts (AFTA).
Since moving to San Diego, Joey has worked for the San Diego Performing Arts League as Membership and Community Development Director; in 2007 he received the “40 Under 40” Award from San Diego Metropolitan Magazine for outstanding leadership in the arts. Joey was also honored as the 2011 Newsmaker in the Arts.
In San Diego, Joey has worked with Scripps Ranch Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, the San Diego Shakespeare Society, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, San Diego REP, Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova San Diego and The Actors Alliance Festival winning five different excellence awards. From 2006 - Present Joey has also been the resident staging director and choreographer for the SDGMC.
At J Company he has had the privilege of directing Rumplestilskin is My Name, Oliver!, Yours, Anne, Annie, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Story of Hansel and Gretel, Disney's The Jungle Book, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, Disney's 101 Dalmations, Pocahontas (San Diego Premiere) Into the Wooods, Fireflies: The Story of the Artists of Terezin - Featuring the Original Children's Opera Brundibar (World Premiere), Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, 13 - A New Musical, The Wizard of Oz (Munchkin cast of the national tour), Children of Eden (also playing the role of The Father), Disney's Mulan, **The Who's Tommy, **Thoroughly Modern Millie, **Xanadu, Funny Girl, Yentl (World Premiere), Gypsy, Hello, Dolly, Shrek - The Musical, Disney's The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Disney's Tarzan, Disney's Peter Pan, The Pirates of Penzance, Annie, West Side Story, RAW Rent, RAW Mystery Flavor, RAW Phantom, Disney's Mary Poppins, Seussical Jr. Annie Warbucks, Once on This Island."
**In partnership with La Jolla Playhouse
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Jamie Gillcrist, Managing Director
Jamie Gillcrist is the proud Managing Director for J*Company Youth Theatre. For the last 8 years, Jamie has loved working in creative development and production management for San Diego’s performing arts community. She received her BA in Theatre & Dance from UCSD and her MA in Theatre Arts from SDSU.
Enjoying the process of developing and managing new, experimental work, Jamie has trained with many exciting artists, producers, playwrights, and designers including Miguel Gutierrez, Shirley Fishman, Ben Vereen, Joe DiPietro, and Paloma Young. She has had the pleasure of working with such artists as James Lapine, Christopher Ashley, Jeff Calhoun, Laura Osnes, Stark Sands, Frank Wildhorn, Don Black, and Thomas Meehan.
She has worked regularly for many of San Diego’s most accomplished theaters, including the La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe, and San Diego Opera, in addition to working with San Diego’s growing fringe arts community. Her work on various theater and dance projects has been showcased on local, national, international and Broadway stages, including the Tony-nominated musicals Chaplin and Bonnie & Clyde.
Prior to working as Managing Director, Jamie served as Coordinating Manager and as Stage Manager for 6 seasons of J*Company programming. She is honored to be part of the J*Company family and thrilled to work with such an amazing community of young artists, parents, and production staff.
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Lauren Lantner, Program Assistant
Lauren Lantner is our wonderful J*Company Program Assistant. She handles registration, enrollment, scheduling, and communication for J*Company’s busy slate of programs and productions. Lauren grew up in Baltimore and moved to San Diego in October 2012 after immediately falling in love with the city when visiting friends. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Work and a Bachelors in Psychology with a Spanish minor from Salisbury University. Prior to her position as Program Assistant, she worked at the LFJCC front desk for two years. She is elated to be working in the enchanting world of J*Company Theatre.
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Claudia Gomez Vorce (Tap Dance)
Coming from a lineage of professional dancers, beginning with Mexican ballet folkloriko, Claudia Gomez Vorce also embraced other disciplines including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Hip-Hop. Claudia furthered her studies and was inspired by tap dance legends such as Bunny Briggs.
Claudia has taught tap and performed at nightclubs and theaters throughout Southern California, New York and internationally. She has appeared in national tap dance events including Tap Extravaganza / Flow Bert Awards and has been mentioned in "Dance Magazine."
Claudia produces and is the director of "Groove On Tap!", "Olio The Show", and "The Cherries Jubilee", all productions of Olio Productions, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which is dedicated to the preservation, education and presentation of jazz music and its American vernacular dances.
Susan Huniu (Musical Direction)
Susan Huniu has displayed a passion and love for the arts that has given her a variety of experiences. She is very excited to be returning the J*Company and San Diego after a brief move to Orange County.
She graduated from Stetson University in Florida with a degree in Music Education focusing on vocal performance. She has performed professionally in various venues including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Atlantic City, Busch gardens, and Disney’s MGM Studios where she played the title role of The Little Mermaid as well as many other characters. Some of her regional theatre credits include Big River, EVITA, Funny Girl, and HONK!
Tim McKnight (Musical Direction)
Tim McKnight is a professional musician and teacher in the San Diego area. He holds his Bachelor in Music Education and Masters in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to being the Director of Music at Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Escondido, he also teaches a studio of 25 piano and voice students.
Tim has served as musical director, conductor, vocal coach and pianist for numerous productions at San Diego Junior Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Youth Theatre Conservatory, Starlight, Canyon Crest Academy, North Coast Repertory Theatre, and many others.
Michael Mizerany (Choreography)
Michael Mizerany moved to San Diego to perform with Malashock Dance and served as its Associate Artistic Director until 2013. Michael has choreographed extensively, including two critically acclaimed works for Diversionary Theater, Far From Eden and Let Me Into Your Skin, as well as for the musical theater productions of Altar Boyz, (Noah Longton Productions); Dooley, Divine Sister, Miss Kitty's Wild West Revue, Scrooge In Rouge and Thrill Me, (Diversionary Theatre); Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret, Grey Gardens and Ass, or A Midsummer Night's Fever (Ion Theatre); Carnvial!, Suds and Romeo & Juliet (The Coronado Playhouse); as well as Spring Awakening (Cygnet Theatre).
Michael has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including two Lester Horton Dance Awards for his solos Tin Soldier and Bump in the Road, the L.A. Stage Scene's "Scenie" Award for Outstanding Choreography for Altar Boyz, the Bravo San Diego Award for Outstanding Choreographer of 2012, and The Blue Ribbon Award for his choreography for Suds. He was nominated for a Craig Noel Theater Award for Outstanding Choreography for Altar Boyz.
Most recently, Michael was nominated again for a Bravo San Diego Award as Outstanding Choreographer of 2013 for his contemporary / musical theatre work. Upcoming projects include serving as choreographer for bare: A Pop Opera at Diversionary Theater and The Full Monty at New Village Arts.
William "BJ" Robinson (Voice)
A modern day music man, William BJ Robinson has been progressing in the musical world through instrumental, vocal, and directorial practices. In 2005, BJ went on to concentrate on vocal performance at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. His studies led him to performances of choral masterworks with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under the direction of Neeme Järvi in 2006 and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana under the direction of Jacques Lacombe in 2008.
BJ also toured with the MSU Singers through Russia in 2008, performing at Rachmaninov Hall of The Tchaikovsky Conservatory, The Hermitage, and The Russian Museum.
In 2010, BJ recorded a Latin-jazz tune entitled ‘Meetchu In Machu Picchu’ by the brilliant Larry Zeiger, which was immediately followed by the making of its music video. Developed into a musical short film, Meetchu In Machu Picchu: A Musical Journey premiered at the Conga Caliente Film and Music Festival in Tampa, Florida.
Currently, BJ is pursuing his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance, with plans to complete a Masters in Conducting. He is also a staff accompanist for Southwestern College and choreographer for its Chamber Singers, artistic staff within the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, as well as Baritone Soloist and section leader at All Saints Episcopal Church.
Gigi Coddington (Acting and Voice)
Gigi is thrilled to be part of the award winning team at JCompany. An accomplished singer and actor, Gigi has been coaching aspiring young actors for the past 10 years. Credits: Minnie/Angela in Parade(Cygnet) Crachitt/Tessie in Gypsy (ION) Texas in Storyville, Princess and the Black-eyed Pea, Book and a Song to Sing (San Diego Rep); Emma Goldman in Assassins, On the Twentieth Century, Fosca’s mother in Passion (Cygnet Theater), Julie LaVerne in Showboat, Petra in A Little Night Music (Riverside Center), Sarah in Ragtime (Arlington Players), Maria in Man of La Mancha (Lyric Opera San Diego) Mrs. Pugh in Annie (Moonlight) Other credits include: Rose Seller in Oliver (SCT), Oklahoma (Starlight), Maria in Man of La Mancha (Lyric Opera San Diego), Jekyll & Hyde, Marie in The Scarlet Pimpernel (Tantallon Players). Education: Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama
Bruce Worthy (Voice)
Bruce is the newest instructor in our JCompany Private Vocal Studio but he is not a stranger to JCompany as he has music directed two JCompany musicals, Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Pocahontas. Bruce brings with him a Masters degree in vocal music education from Arizona State University. His 10 years as a professional pianist and vocalist as well as 8 years teaching music in the public school system in Arizona makes him a wonderful candidate to learn from. Currently he is music director, pianist and vocalist at Chula Vista Community Church. Bruce can’t wait to music direct another show here at JCompany soon; the young artists here are the best!!!
Erin Peterson (Private Dance/Acting Instruction)
Erin is thrilled to be joining the J*Company team! Erin frequently finds herself running around town choreographing and directing young artists from San Diego Junior Theatre, Character Kids, Prodigy School of the Arts and Intrepid Shakespeare Company. She can also been seen on stage, most recently in MOXIE’s production of Skinless. She works closely with Intrepid Shakespeare Company as their Internship Program Manager and can be seen conjuring evil in their upcoming production of Macbeth. Past acting credits include: HICKORY DICKORY, Ten Cent Night (MOXIE Theatre Co), An Enemy of the People, Richard II, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare for a New Generation Education Tour (Intrepid Shakespeare Company). You may have seen Erin’s choreography in DOCTOR DOLITTLE at SDJT directed by your very own JCompany Artistic Director, Joey Landwehr.
Morgan Carberry (Voice)
Morgan Carberry recently relocated to her native San Diego after spending the past 10 years working as a professional actor, singer and musical director in the United Kingdom. Morgan began her dramatic career at the age of five while training as a singer and classical musician on piano, flute, violin, and organ. She continued her education at Wellesley College in Boston and holds three masters degrees from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Drama Centre London, and Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Credits include Sondheim’s Company, The Musical of Musicals, Lamb's Players Festival of Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Mother Goose, Puss in Boots, Paparazzi and The Rhythm of Life. Alongside her own performances, Morgan works frequently as a singing and drama teacher, musical director, and vocal coach for both professional students and aspiring young people. She was the founding musical director of the Open Fields Community Theatre in Boston and has since worked with hundreds of young people across the globe, helping them to learn valuable performance skills, gain confidence and build friendships through the performing arts. Morgan is excited to be joining the J*Company team and looks forward to bringing her expertise to work with many new students in San Diego!
Mary Elledge (Voice)
Mary Elledge was born in northern Minnesota and began studying piano at an early age. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Moorhead State University and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa, where she studied with John Simms and was the staff pianist for the opera, chorus, orchestra and studio teachers. She has been on the faculty of the MacPhail College of Music in Minneapolis, and the University of Minnestoa. She taught public school music in Fargo, North Dakota, Rockford, Iowa and Minneapolis. Presently Mrs. Elledge has a private piano studio in San Diego, California. She is a strong advocate of incorporating all styles of music in students' studies. Mary Elledge has authored Dixieland Duos and More Dixieland Duos with James "Red" McLeod and Festival Solos, Books 1 and 2, with Bruce Pearson. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Delta Pi and the Music Teachers' Association of California.
Angie Serrano (Voice)
Angie Serrano has been singing and teaching music in San Diego since she graduated from Mt. Carmel High School. She attended Cal State University and received a BA in History. Angie directed the children’s and youth choir programs at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church for several years. She has been a teaching artist at San Diego Junior Theatre since 1998 and has been teaching after school enrichment theatre classes in the Poway Unified School District since 2003. Angie has enjoyed performing throughout the years. She hosted a weekly Kid’s Club program for ten years and currently sings with a professional women’s trio, The Fabulous Earrings. She also sings with her husband, John, who is also a musician and is so happy her children, Ella and Cole, share their parents’ love for music! Being a part of the J*Company is a highlight for the whole Serrano family.
Lorea Herald (Voice)
Lorea Herald is a San Diego native, graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Secondary Choral Education. She has served San Diego as accompanist, vocalist, vocal/audition coach and choral director since 1960. In 1993 "Miss Lorea" embarked on a new career, working with some of San Diego's most successful children's musical theatre production companies. She has served as instructor for Voice and Theatre Classes, as well as Musical Director for San Diego Junior Theatre, JCompany Youth Theatre, Rising Stars San Diego, Star Theatre's Coast Kids and more. In 2001, Lorea served as Music Director for the newly renovated Star Theatre in Oceanside, opening its doors with their adult production of "Fiddler on the Roof". Along with the many productions she has musically directed, Lorea composed a new musical score for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", premiered in 1995, by JCompany.
"Miss Lorea's" passion and musical emphasis is in teaching and in the awakening of the artistic and creative expression in each of her students, regardless of their age. She teaches in several locations in San Diego, working as a vocal and audition coach and has been blessed with many opportunities to encourage and support her younger students as they grow into strong and confident performers. Seeing her student’s self-confidence rise and the success in their artistic endeavors is her greatest reward.