Director Biography

Carlos Mendoza

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Carlos Mendoza is the founder of the Hispanic Arts Theatre, an innovative theatre company that promotes Hispanic cultural awareness. One of his main projects has been creator and producer of The New Mambo Kings, a musical revue with a blend of Latin culture through voice, music, and dance.   Carlos has an extensive resume as actor, director, choreographer and producer. He has won several awards: San Diego Critics Circle Awards for his productions of West Side Story and Ragtime; the 2014 BRAVO (San Diego) award for body of work , the 2015 National Youth Arts Award for his production of In the Heights at San Diego Junior Theatre and the Inland Theatre League Award for his production of   In the Heights at Performance Riverside.  In addition, Carlos choreographed two full seasons of Dos Y Dos for the Latin American Multimedia Corporation, a groundbreaking educational TV/DVD Series. When not working in theatre, Carlos can be seen sailing the seven seas as Cruise Director for Holland America Line. He is currently a project coordinator for Beyond the Bell Broadway, for the San Ysidro school district.

The Wizard of Oz

Directed & Choreographed by Carlos Mendoza
Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and EY Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Adapted for the Stage by John Kane
From the Classic Motion Picture
Based on the Books by L Frank Baum

Dorothy's adventures in the marvelous Land of Oz.

In the Heights

Directed by Carlos Mendoza
Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jason Mantzoukas
Lyrics Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Conceived by Quiara Alegria Hudes

It’s the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood.