San Diego Junior Theatre News & Reviews

Teacher Feature: Wendy Waddell

It’s time for another Teacher Feature! Wendy Waddell received her BFA in Theatre from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She is soon to be seen in New Village Arts upcoming production of The Full Monty. Select San Diego theatre credits include: Time Flies, Off the Ground, Three Sisters, Crimes of the Heart (New Village Arts, Ensemble Member); King John, Richard II, Taming of the Shrew (Intrepid Shakespeare Company, Company Member); and many others. As a Teaching Artist, Wendy has taught for Playwrights Project, La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Rep, Coronado School of the Arts, and Arimaw Productions. Her favorite role is Mommy to her daughter Harper. JT loves Wendy and can’t wait to have her back to teach summer camp next session!

Posted July 16, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , |

Teacher Feature: Marla Navarette

JT friends, meet our Dance teacher, Marla Navarrete! Marla began her formal ballet training at California Ballet where she trained for 10 years under Maxine Mahon and Denise Dabroski. She is also an alumnus of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. As a free-lance choreographer, she has choreographed for fashion shows, industrials, and musicals. Her choreography has also been presented on the East Coast as well as international stages. Marla is currently teaching dance at the Academy of Performing Arts, Junior Theatre and at Chula Vista High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Her dance students have gone on to become professional dancers in Cirque De Soleil, Disneyland and on Broadway. She believes that sharing the love and knowledge for the arts is the key to keeping the arts alive in our schools and in our lives. Marla is teaching dance this current session of camp, and we love having her here!

Posted July 7, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , |

SDJT announces new Education Program Manager

Welcome to Mitzi Michaels! In addition to running all of San Diego Junior Theatre’s year-round camps, Mitzi will work with Kim Heil, Education Director, on programming such as outreach into schools around San Diego County.

Mitzi Michaels Schleicher, MFA, is an Educator, Performer, and Theatrical Business Consultant. As an educator, Mitzi has taught Acting, Voice, Dance, Theatre History and Professional Development at a collegiate level. A former Broadway casting director, Professor Schleicher offers a unique insight into what it takes to make the transition from aspiring actor to theatre professional. With a BFA from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA from San Diego State University, plus years of New York City experience, Mitzi is a specialist on what tools are essential to know in order to market a theatre professional to their full potential. Mitzi is devoted to curriculum development for theatre students and has worked with the American Music and Dramatic Academy on effective research and standards for their BFA students. In addition, Mitzi is a professional actress who has appeared at many San Diego theatres such as Cygnet, The Welk Resort, Diversionary, and Moonlight Amphitheatre, favorite shows include Monty Python’s Spamalot, Sweeney Todd and playing the title role in Funny Girl. Concert work includes singing with Carlos Santana and The Boston Pops. Mitzi is a member of ATHE & MTEA. She currently teaches Acting and Theatre and Society courses at the University of San Diego.

Posted June 18, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , |

SDJT was voted a 2014 Top Pick by parents and readers of San Diego Family Magazine for Best of Family Fun!

Posted June 17, 2014 by theresa, in News | Tagged , , , , , , , |

SDJT announces new Uber partnership

We’re teaming up with Uber so you can ride with ease to San Diego Junior Theatre events! Also, $5 from every ride will be donated back to JT!

Uber is an app that connects you with a driver at the push of a button. Track the arrival of your ride, payment is cashless, and you’ll even receive a text message when your driver arrives. Uber’s low cost option, uberX, is 40% cheaper than a taxi!

To get a free trip up to $20 on your first Uber ride in San Diego, sign up at, or download the app, and enter the promo code SDJTUber.

Not sure how to Uber? It’s easy!

iPhone or Android:
• Download the app
• Select your pick up location
• Request a ride
In under five minutes, a car will be curbside, ready to take you wherever you need to go.

Posted June 9, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , |

Building SDJT One Brick at a time!

In the spirit of Graffiti Pete, Junior Theatre would like to extend a brick naming opportunity for our upcoming summer production of “In the Heights”. With every $20.00 donation, your name (or name you designate) will appear on a brick on the set on stage for the run of the show. Placement of your brick will be at the discretion of the designer. Opportunity open to all cast and crew of the show, SDJT families, and the general public. All proceeds go to benefit San Diego Junior Theatre. Download the form here to submit your brick name:

Brick Donation Form

Posted June 5, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized |

Teacher Feature: Chris Salazar

Meet one of our newest Teaching Artists for the summer: Christopher Salazar! Chris earned his MFA in Acting from the Old Globe/USD program. Prior to that he worked in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally throughout the country. A veteran of over 75 stage productions, Mr. Salazar also has acted in commercials, feature films, and web series. In addition to his training in classical theatre, Christopher has studied extensively in the disciplines of Commedia, mask, clowning, stage combat, movement. He has served as fight director on numerous productions. Also, has over ten years of experience as an improv performer, having trained in New York with numerous schools. Chris will be teaching Performance Camp in Session 1 for 7th-12th grade, and he has a whopper of a week planned! Welcome to Junior Theatre, Chris!

Posted June 4, 2014 by theresa, in Teacher Feature | Tagged , , , , , , , |

Teacher Feature: Erika Malone

Junior Theatre Teaching Artist Erika Malone is one of our most beloved dance teachers here at San Diego Junior Theatre. She received her B.A. in Theatre and Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and the British American Drama Academy in London, in 1998. Erika is currently a master teaching artist of dance & theatre for The Old Globe, Malashock Dance, Young Audiences, A Reason to Survive (ARTS), San Diego Junior Theatre, and Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn. Erika also serves as a dance specialist for the San Diego Unified School District, teaching academics through dance for the VAPA Department. For ten years, Erika found her primary dance home at Eveoke Dance Theatre, a female-led activist company cultivating compassionate social action through performance, arts education, and community building. Erika had the honor of studying modern, hip hop, and social activism through dance with Eveoke’s founder Gina Angelique. Erika wore many hats at Eveoke…including dancing in Eveoke Company productions for 10 years, serving as the Arts Education Director from 2004-2010, and then as the Artistic Director from 2010-2012. Erika is in her 2nd year of obtaining a Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School in Switzerland and The Expressive Arts Institute, San Diego. We are thrilled that she’s one of our own!

Posted May 30, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , |

Teacher Feature: David McBean

Many of you already know the fabulous David McBean, but did you know that he’ll be one of our amazing Teaching Artists at San Diego Junior Theatre this summer? David 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 the Old Globe. This summer he will appear in Cygnet Theater’s production of Pageant. In addition to acting and teaching he is the music director for Mission Hills United Methodist. Needless to say, we absolutely ADORE Mr. David at JT!

Posted May 20, 2014 by theresa, in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , |

Teacher Feature: Barb Schoenhofer

Barb Schoenhofer is new to San Diego and is looking forward to her first Summer Camp at San Diego Junior Theatre. She has been performing professionally for almost 30 years and has been a professional choreographer for 20 yrs. Choreography credits include Wichita Children’s Theatre Tours for 18 yrs., Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Nunsense, and Clue, among many others. She has also directed shows for Children’s Theatre and Junior High Schools including Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, How To Succeed, The Pajama Game and School House Rock. She is thrilled to make her San Diego choreographic debut with Snoopy at SDJT in June. Welcome to JT, Barb!

Posted May 13, 2014 by theresa, in Camps, Teacher Feature | Tagged , , , , , |

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San Diego
Junior Theatre

Casa del Prado Theatre
1800 El Prado (at Village Place)
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-8355 (tel)
Map & Directions

San Diego
Junior Theatre

La Jolla YMCA Firehouse
7877 Herschel Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
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