JCompany Staff

Joey Landwehr, Artistic Director


Joey Landwehr is the proud Artistic Director for JCompany 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 2016, Joey was further recognized when the City of San Diego proclaimed October 18th Joey Landwehr Day.

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.

Email Joey at joeyl@lfjcc.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 and is a member of the San Diego Choral Consortium. Krystle is delighted to have this opportunity to serve such skilled young artists on their theatre journey!

Email Krystle at krystleh@lfjcc.org


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.