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 RUMPELSTILTSKIN IS MY NAME, OLIVER!, YOURS, 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 DALMATIANS, POCAHONTAS (San Diego Premiere), INTO THE WOODS, 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.
**In partnership with La Jolla Playhouse
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Jamie Gillcrist, Coordinating Manager
Jamie Gillcrist is the proud Coordinating Manager for J*Company Youth Theatre. For the last 8 years, Jamie Gillcrist has loved working in creative development and production management for San Diego’s performing arts community. Jamie 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 and managers, including Miguel Gutierrez, Shirley Fishman, Ben Vereen, Dana Harrel, and Paloma Young. She has had the pleasure of working with such artists as James Lapine, Christopher Ashley, Richard Dreyfuss, 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 Coordinating Manager, Jamie served as stage manager for 5 seasons of J*Company programming. She is honored to be part of the JCompany family and thrilled to work with such an amazing community of young artists, parents, and production staff.
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Roxane Carrasco (Choreography)
Roxane Carrasco is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, AFTRA, and SAG and has over 25 years of experience as a professional Actress working on Broadway (CHICAGO), International and National Broadway tours (CHICAGO, WEST SIDE STORY, A CHORUS LINE, WIZARD OF OZ), Broadway Workshops (LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, THE LORCA PROJECT) , TV (AS THE WORLD TURNS, LAW & ORDER SVU, BROADWAY ON BROADWAY) and Regional Theaters (LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE, SAN DIEGO REP, OLD GLOBE, THEATREWORKS).
As a Choreographer/Director and Teaching Artist in the Performing Arts, Roxane has over 22 years of experience. Highlights include Master Classes in Musical Theater all over Europe,Canada, and the U.S. at prestigious Universities, Dance Studios, Theater Companies & for Broadway Classroom; Clases de Sevillanas at the University of Granada, Spain; The Education Director for INTAR Theater in NYC; and several years as a teaching artist for San Diego Unified School District & Chula Vista City Schools.
Roxane has a B.A. in Theater from UCSD and is excited to work with the talented kids at J*Company.
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.
Judy Grant (Musical Direction)
Judy grew up in the San Francisco where she started playing piano at age 4. She went to UCLA graduating with a degree in Business/Economics and a minor in Music. Judy worked in television for CBS and Fox Television in San Francisco and for ABC News in Los Angeles.
Judy's love for Musical Theatre began after playing dozens of shows for Peninsula Civic Light Opera in the Bay Area, which her husband co-founded.
After having children, Judy retired from her TV career and returned to her music. She began teaching for the Las Virgines School District in Los Angeles as a Music Specialist for K – 6th graders, where she built a music program emphasizing performance.
While teaching, Judy found time to perform regularly in Woodland Hills, and for both Temple Judea in Tarzana and Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge and is now known as the “lounge lizard” because of her performances in venues across San Diego.
Currently Judy teaches music to Kindergarten-3rd graders for Temple Solel, and directs the Temple’s Junior Choir. She also teaches private piano lessons in the Encinitas area, where she lives with her husband Hal, daughters Rachel and Lindsey, and labs Buddy and Bocca.
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!
Karen Li (Choreography)
Karen recently completed her undergraduate education at UC San Diego, graduating with a double major in Theatre and Dance. She is currently establishing her professional career as a dancer/choreographer/playwright/actor. As a result, she is quite busy and can often be found gazing into the cloudy La Jolla sky, dreaming of sun and having the time to enjoy it.
She recently choreographed Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, Live in San Diego, and appeared in it as a dancing, snooty, homeless fangirl with time-travelling pigtails. She is proud to be the assistant coach of the nationally ranked UC San Diego Dancesport team and is excited for a great year to come.
David McBean (Voice)
David McBean is a San Diego native who started working in theater at 15 years old. He attended the SD School for Creative and Performing Arts and the University of San Diego where he received a BA in Theater Arts. He has performed at Cygnet Theater (Resident Actor), Diversionary Theater (Resident Artist), North Coast Rep, San Diego Rep, SD Musical Theater, and recently did the education tour of "12 Night" for the Old Globe. He is the music director for Mission Hills United Methodist and a Teaching Artist for SD Junior Theater.
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.