Joey Landwehr, Artistic Director
(TONY Award Nomination – Inaugural Excellence In Theatre Education Award) (PROCLAMATION – Oct. 18th is officially JOEY LANDWEHR DAY in San Diego County in honor of Joey’s dedication to the theatrical arts and youth) (CURRENTLY: Artistic Director for JCompany Youth Theatre & The Broadway/San Diego Awards & Theatre Commentator for KUSI and Good Morning San Diego) is the proud Artistic Director for JCompany Youth Theatre (2006-present). Winning 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, gaining over $10,000.00 for Rady Children’s Hospital, 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, Uta Hagen, Anne Bogart, F. Murray Abraham, Twila Tharpe and has had the great privilege of working with such greats as Ben Vereen, Phyllis Diller, Sam Harris, Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper, 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 - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), and Americans for the Arts (AFTA). Since moving to San Diego Joey 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 and in 2011 was also honored as the San Diego Newsmaker of the year in the Arts. In 2015 Joey was nominated, by the great Ben Vereen, for the Inaugural Excellence In Theatre Education TONY Award; in 2016 Joey was further recognized when the city of San Diego proclaimed October 18th Joey Landwehr Day.
2018 to the present Joey serves as advocate and ambassador for the San Diego theatre community by being the theatre commentator for local news station KUSI. 2014 to the present Joey also is proud to serve as Artistic Director for THE BEN VEREEN AWARDS (Starring Ben Vereen) by Broadway/San Diego A Nederlander Presenter. 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, The Civic Theatre, The Spreckles Theatre, The Balboa Theatre, San Diego Fringe Festival, Compulsion Dance & Theatre and The Actors Alliance Festival winning five different excellence awards. From 2006 - 2015 Joey served as the resident staging director and choreographer for the SDGMC, under the artistic direction of Gary Holt and producer Ian Grant.
At JCompany he has had the privilege of directing RUMPELSTILTSKIN IS MY NAME, OLIVER!, YOURS, ANNE, 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, DISNEY’S PETER PAN, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, ANNIE, WEST SIDE STORY, RENT, A VERY POTTER MUSICAL, PHANTOM, DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS, SEUSSICAL, ANNIE WARBUCKS, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. TITANIC – THE MUSICAL, WICKED, URINETOWN, DISNEY’S ALADDIN, THE WIZ, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, RAGTIME, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, MAMMA MIA, TICK, TICK… BOOM!, CHESS, DISNEY’S THE LION KING, LES MISERABLES, HAIRSPRAY, DISNEY’S FROZEN (West Coast Premiere), BIG RIVER, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, DISNEY’S THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, DISNEY’S NEWSIES, DREAMWORK’S MADAGASCAR, 1776 – ALL FEMALE CAST, TWO BY TWO, DISNEY’S MY SON PINOCCHIO, MAMMA MIA!, MATILDA
**In partnership with La Jolla Playhouse
Email Joey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Krystle Hart, Managing Director
Krystle Hart is the Managing Director of JCompany Youth Theatre and is so proud to work with such incredibly talented young artists every day. Krystle comes to JCompany with extensive experience in non profit management, having worked for Voices for Children and the American Cancer Society in development, fundraising and special events. Krystle has her BA in Journalism and Media Arts from the University of Arizona and she is an avid member of the San Diego arts community having worked for and performed with the La Jolla Playhouse, Diversionary Theatre, and OnStage Playhouse. She served as Production Chair, Vice President, then President of the Board of Directors of San Diego's only Broadway focused chorus, Encore Vocal Ensemble San Diego Choral Consortium. Krystle is delighted to have this opportunity to serve such skilled young artists on their theatre journey!
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JCompany Teaching Artists
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, Private Dance Instruction)
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.
Erin Peterson (Chroeography, Private Dance/Acting Instruction)
Erin is thrilled to be joining the JCompany 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 JCompany 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.
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.