San Diego Junior Theatre
Current Artistic Staff

Jason Heil

Jason Heil has appeared in San Diego with La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, San Diego Rep, Cygnet Theatre Company, ion theatre company, North Coast Rep, Compass Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, Starlight Theatre, and in 16 productions with Lamb’s Players Theatre, where he is an Associate Artist.  Other regional credits include Arkansas & Tennessee Repertory Theatres, A.C.T., A Noise Within, & nine seasons with the Utah, Lake Tahoe, Marin, & Texas Shakespeare Festivals.  In San Diego, Jason has directed for Moonlight Stage Productions, Intrepid Shakespeare Company and New Village Arts. Jason teaches privately and for UCSD Extension MFA: UC Irvine., and just began teaching at Cal State University, San Marcos. 

Jason Maddy

Jason Maddy is an actor and educator.  His San Diego Theatre Credits include roles with: The Old Globe Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, Ion Theatre Company, Welk Resort Theatre, San Diego Musical Theater, Premiere Productions and Intrepid Theatre Company. Regional Credits: The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival. Jason holds an MFA from the University of Illinois Urban-Champaign.

Steve Anthony has been singing and dancing professionally since he was eight. He's had the opportunity to work with such great director/choreographers as Gower Champion, Hal Prince, Tommy Tune, Peter Gennaro, Martin Scorcese and Graciella Daniel. Steve's most memorable moment was being chosen by Michael Bennet as one of the original 22 dancers to participate in a series of workshops which led to the production of "A Chorus Line". As a result, part of Steve's life story is portrayed in that hit show. Steve's other Broadway credits include SeeSaw, Spotlight, Rockabye Hamlet and The Act starring Liza Minelli. Theater in Old Town audiences will remember Steve as Tony Whitcomb in Shear Madness, Mr. Howell in Gilligan's Island, The Musical, Spike Spaldeen in the West Coast premiere of Song of Singapore and Sylvia St. Croix in Ruthless! Regionally, Steve has been awarded two Dramalogue Awards for Gangster #1 in Kiss Me Kate and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes at The Lawrence Welk Theatre. Other favorite regional theatre roles include: Cocky in The Roar of The Greasepaint, The Smell of The Crowd, The Emcee in Cabaret, the dentist in Little Shop of Horrors and Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Steve is a faculty member at Saddleback College and also teaches for the MFA Musical Theatre program at San Diego State University. He has also directed and choreographed extensively for San Diego Junior Theatre including this past summer's hit, Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Bernard Baldan has credits at the Rep that include: A Christmas Carol, Red Noses, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Tragedy of Tragedies, Scapin, Hold me, The Duchess of Malfi. Regional credits include: Blue in The Unseen Hand, Father Rivard in the west coast premiere of The Runner Stumbles, The Sunshine Boys for The Old Globe Theatre, The Boise Club for The Laguna Playhouse. Original member of the ITP - Improvisational Theatre Project for the Mark Taper Forum. Awards include: Old Globe Atlas Awards for lead and supporting roles, Drama Circle Award. Founding member of The San Diego Repertory Theatre, and Indian Magique. Created the role of Scrooge in the original Rep production. Author of The Boise Club, produced at the Laguna Playhouse and directed by Douglas Jacobs. United States International University School of Performing Arts -Acting/Directing.



Ira Bauer-Spector

Ira Bauer-Spector previously directed the AMT of Zanna, Don't! for San Diego Junior Theatre. Other San Diego directing credits include Spring Awakening and 13: The Musical (American Rose Theatre), Once Upon a Mattress and Seussical: The Musical (ACT-San Diego), Moscow and Lunch and Dessert (Diversionary) and Into the Woods and Songs for a New World (SDSU). He served as Directing Intern/Assistant to Rupert Holmes on The First Wives Club: The Musical at The Old Globe in summer 2009. Other favorite regional directing credits include: Cabaret (Kennedy Center SSD and C Directing Fellowship Finalist), bare (Assistant Director) and The Twilight of the Golds. He has performed as an actor all over the country, including the New York Fringe Festival production of Dear Harvey (FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Ensemble) and the Chicago premiere production of Zanna, Don't! (as Zanna), in addition to performance work with San Diego theatre companies such as Diversionary, North Coast Repertory and American Rose Theatre. He is the only student to have earned two Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Musical Theatre and Theatre Performance and also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre (Directing Emphasis) from San Diego State University.



Cynthia Bloodgood

is our new Technical Director. Cynthia enjoys building and designing a multitude of things, including scenery, quilts, and other creative objects. She studied languages and theater, and graduated with a BA in Technical Theater and Design from Brigham Young University. There she directed her theatrical pride and joy: an original script of C.S. Lewis' "The Magician's Nephew" in American Sign Language and spoken English. Her actual pride and joy is a little boy who likes to take her wrenches when she is doing lighting. Cynthia is learning how to juggle.

Emily Brehmer Bio coming soon!

Christa Lynn Browning

Christa Lynn Browning is a San Diego native who grew up acting, singing, and dancing on stages at Patio Playhouse, Theatrx, and the California Center for the Arts. She earned her BA in Directing from Marymount Manhattan College but returned to California to ensure that children continued to have access to Arts Education programs in the San Diego area. She's worked with local educational programs at Kid Ventures, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. She joined Junior Theatre in 2012 and enjoys cultivating a safe environment for imagination and learning.

Roxanne Carassco

Roxane Carrasco has been a professional Actress & Teaching Artist for 28 years.  San Diego Acting credits include:  In the Heights (Camila), The Women (Directed by Anne Bogart),  Real Women Have Curves (Rosali) at the San Diego Repertory Theatre; Dames at Sea (Mona Kent) at the North Coast Rep;  The Who’s Tommy (original cast), &  Figaro Gets a Divorce at the La Jolla Playhouse.  Other credits include 8 years in the Broadway show Chicago  (Velma/Annie/Dance Captain); West Side Story(Anita U.S., Consuelo) National Tour; A Chorus Line (Morales, Val, Bebe, Cassie) International and Regional productions; Television credits include As the World Turns (recurring role), and Law and Order: SVU. Roxane is very passionate about teaching and has taught Master Classes in Musical Theatre Acting, Dancing, and Singing for Broadway Classroom, Theatres and Universities across the United States and Internationally at the Universidad de Granada, Spain and the August Everding Theater Akademie in Munich, Germany.   Roxane earned her MFA in Musical Theatre from SDSU and is the proud mother of Lucas. In the summer of 2014, Roxane will be originating a role in the play El Henry, produced by the La Jolla Playhouse and the San Diego Repertory Theatre.

Francia Cohen Francia Cohen grew up in beautiful San Diego. She has always had a fascination with art, makeup, and Hair Styling. After graduatiing Beauty College, Francia worked as a Hair Stylist for over 20 years. Learning also to style wigs and work with hair extensions. After owning her own Salon and working as a Platform artist for 5 years, she decide to retire to care her her Twins, Caden and Alexa. Retirement did not last long. Longing to be back in some creative capacity, Francia ventured into the exciting world of makeup. She is a Special effects, theatrical, and HD makeup Arist. Horror films are her favorite. Having worked on many local Short films in San diego (for the 48 hour film Contest , San Diego Film Fest, local Indie Films) and over 30 Theatrical Plays. She has been nominated (Mulan) and won for best makeup (Gurney Journey) She loves mostly to work with children and thrives on the enthusiasm and talent that these kids generate as they learn Makeup. She furthers her Talent by taking classes and seminars as to pass along new knowledge to her own Students. Her motto is "To Teach, you must Learn". Francia is honored and humbled to be a part of this artistic team of amazingly Talented staff at Junior Theater. She is inspired by her co-workers and by the Students. She loves teaching and getting to know the kids at JT. She is so grateful be be a part of the Junior Theater Team.

Benjamin Cole

Benjamin Cole has experience acting, teaching, directing, and fight choreographing all over the country. He recently relocated from Michigan where he was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Grand Valley State University. Ben earned his MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University, his BFA in Acting/Directing from Central Michigan University, and studied acting through New York University in Ireland. Locally, he has had the pleasure of acting or teaching with such companies as Scripps Ranch Theatre, Moxie Theatre, ion Theatre Company, San Diego Junior Theatre, North County School for the Arts, San Diego Opera, the Monarch School, and North Coast Rep. Some favorite acting roles outside of San Diego include Davey in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Imogen in an all male production of Cymbeline, and Gary in Noises Off, for which he received a Grand Award for Best Supporting Actor. For more information, check out Benjoelcole.com.


 

Jason Connors has been working in theatre for the last ten years, beginning at San Diego Junior Theatre and moving on to the Playwrights Project where his own original plays started being produced. Since then he has worked with the Fritz Theatre, Sledgehammer, Actors Alliance, The Blank Theatre (LA), Planned Parenthood’s IMAGES Theatre, Grossmont Stagehouse, Voices of Women, the JCC, and now the wonderful 6@Penn Theatre.

Courtney Corey

Courtney has worked on stages across the country, understudying the role of Elphaba in both the original Los Angeles and Chicago companies of WICKED, as well as touring with the 1st and 2nd National Broadway tours of RENT. She originated the roles of Eleanor in Frank Wildhorn's BONNIE AND CLYDE and Older Hannah Chaplin in LIMELIGHT, both at The La Jolla Playhouse. Other acting credits include: OVER THE TAVERN and JACQUES BREL (NCRT, San Diego), THE WIZ (La Jolla Playhouse), HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (The Old Globe), SUDS and THE PAJAMA GAME (Starlight Musical Theatre, San Diego), and SHEAR MADNESS with SDJT's Steve Anthony (MTP at The Theatre in Old Town, San Diego.) She has directed THE TENDER TRAP (Actor's Asylum, San Diego), co-directed/choreographed RENT (Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga), choreographed RENT (RMTC, Birmingham) and has worked on MAN 1, BANK 0, an award-winning one-man show starring Patrick Combs.

Tony Cucuzzella Bio is coming soon.

Diane Dale Bio coming soon!

Lettie De Anda

Lettie was born and raised in the west Texas town of El Paso. In 2005 she received her MA in theatre from the University of Texas at El Paso. She directed and wrote her thesis on Josefina Lopez's play Simply Maria, Or the American Dream. After grad school Lettie moved to San Diego in 2005. She has worked as a teaching artist for over ten years in San Diego County and in Texas. She has taught at Kids-n-Co, Kids Act, Kids College, La Jolla Playhouse, Young Audiences San Diego, and other organizations. She is pleased to include Junior Theatre as part of her teaching resume. In addition to working as a teaching artist, Lettie also enjoys directing and acting. Her most recent credits include directing Bang Bang You're Dead by William Mastrosimone. In her spare time she enjoys creating puppet skits with her best friend and her husband. Lettie also has a Floral Design Certification and is an avid photographer.

Mallory Devlin Bio coming soon!

Bryn Fillers A graduate in Theatre Arts from Reed College, Bryn is a playwright, director, & actor who has been a member of an improv troupe both in Portland and San Diego. Bryn is currently featured in the short film, "Flamingo Tango," directed by JT’s Leasa Thernes for Persnickety Pictures which was screened at the San Diego Women’s Film Festival. She has written & directed for the Firehouse Theatre in Portland, Theatre Rhino in San Francisco, & the California Center For the Arts in Escondido as well as schools across Los Angeles & San Diego including Warren-Walker, Roosevelt Middle School, & The Gillspie School. Bryn also writes & directs for classes at JT, & she has directed for the mainstage through their Page to Stage program. Bryn has taught playwriting through Playwrights Project & J*Company. Her students have won awards, & she has directed two of her students’ plays in the AASD Actors Festival starring Triple Espresso’s Keith Reay along with some of her most talented students from JT.

Jeannie Galioto earned a degree in costume design from the University of MN - Twin Cities. She has been designing costumes for the last fourteen years. She is currently the costume shop manager at the San Diego Repertory Theatre and has just designed costumes for Bad Dates at the Rep. Other credits include productions for Sledgehammer, The Great American History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, The Guthrie Lab, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Shakespeare in the Park among others. In addition to freelance costume designing, she also does millinery, custom fashion design, sewing and styling on photo and video shoots. Last year she was awarded the Beth Milligan Memorial Fund for emerging women artists.





Francis Gercke Bio coming soon!

Donny Gersonde Bio coming soon!

Max Gidaley
Max Cadillac Gidaley is a working actor down in San Diego with a passion for teaching and encouraging the next generations of theatre lovers. Having obtained a BFA in Musical Theatre from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy as well as being a Coronado School of the Arts Alum, Max is also a proud product of Junior Theatre classes and camps. Since 2007, he has been working at Pinemere Camp developing his skills as a performing arts instructor and supervisor. Max brings a lot of excitement and enthusiasm to every class and show, and is thrilled to be joining the amazing group of talented instructors here at Junior Theatre.

Ginger Harris Lighting Designer.

Ms. Harris has brought light to shows in Houston, Dallas, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and now, San Diego. Her credits include the Houston Grand Opera; Houston Alley Theatre; Theatre Under the Stars in Houston; Houston Gilbert & Sullivan Society; Tower Theatre Project, Houston; Tulsa Spotlight Club; Tulsa Little Theatre; Oklahoma City Lyric; and in San Diego, Starlight; the La Jolla Playhouse; the San Diego Lyric; The Fritz; North Coast Repertory; and San Diego Junior Theatre.

She held the position of resident designer at Theatre 1960 in Houston and was a founding member of Stages Theatre in Houston. Ms. Harris' previous designs include: USIU: Sleuth and Gingerbread Lady; for the Fritz, Sight Unseen; Confessions of a Woman from East L.A.; God's Country, Otherwise Engaged to name a few; for NCRT The Deadly Game, Beau Jest, Sylvia and Marry Me A Little; for San Diego Comic Opera, The Mikado; Oh, Coward!; Forum; and Candide among others; San Diego Junior Theatre: Annie Warbucks; Oliver; Pippi Longstocking,Footloose, and others; Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Damn Yankees; Agnes of God and Emergency Room for PaceTheatrical, Tower Theatre Project, Houston, Texas; Starlight, Technical Coordinator for Chess, Camelot, No, No, Nanette; and Paint Your Wagon; Houston Grand Opera, My Fair Lady; and Theatre Under The Stars, Houston, Camelot; Gypsy; Crazy for You; and others.

Ms. Harris brings a lifetime of dedication to entertaining audiences as a performer, a director; a choreographer and a lighting designer.

Kim Montelibano Heil Bio coming soon!

Jay Heiserman Jay currently serves as the full-time Art Director for The Ellen Degeneres Show, for which he has received two Emmy awards for Outstanding Art Direction/Set Design/Set Decoration. In addition, he keeps busy with many other production designs in the Los Angeles area. Jay graduated with a BFA in scene design from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. At 5 years old, Jay can remember returning from a Junior Theatre production of The Music Man and re-creating the set he had seen on the Casa Del Prado stage out of wooden blocks and cardboard. For Junior Theatre, Jay has designed “actual” scenery for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Crazy for You, Charlotte’s Web, and The Secret Garden. Some of his favorite designs elsewhere include: Oliver!, Always…Patsy Cline, The Women, Amadeus, Cinderella, and Lost in Yonkers.

Ahmad Hereford

is our Administrative Assistant. Ahmad has been involved with Junior Theatre for over 10 years. Ahmad advises our 4th–6th grade drama club, Sparklers, has coordinated our extended care programs, and has co-taught in our creative drama classes. Ahmad is very proud to have received the Rising Star award from Kids Included Together for his work as an inclusion facilitator and honored to work for the oldest youth theatre program in the county.

Ed Hollingsworth has been a veteran performer in San Diego theatre since 1980. He received his BA in Drama from U.C. Irvine and his MFA in Musical Theatre/Acting from USIU. When Ed graduated from U.C.I. he toured with the Serendipity Singers, the opening act for the 1973 Presidential Inauguration. Since then, Mr. Hollingsworth was the theatre instructor at Grossmont High for 21 years, directing over 70 plays and musicals. He now teaches mathematics which gives him more time for outside performing and directing.

On the stage, he has appeared with Starlight, Lyric Opera San Diego, Moonlight, San Diego Reparatory Theater, North Coast Reparatory, 6th@Penn Theatre, La Jolla Stage Company, Theatre in Old Town, Teatro Mascara Magica/Old Globe, and San Diego Opera. Nationally, he has performed in every state except Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Alaska.

Ed is married to playwright Marian Blair Hollingsworth. As of 2006, all four of their children, Trevor, Blair, Devon, and Morgan have performed with San Diego Junior Theatre.

Tony Houck

Tony Houck is a native Pennsylvanian. He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After graduating, he toured with Story Salad Productions and Theatreworks doing the smash kids hit 'Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia'. He moved to San Diego eight years ago and has been working in the theatre community ever since. He has directed, music directed, acted in shows all over San Diego. Some of his favorite shows have been world and west coast premieres such as: YANK!; Harmony, Kansas; bare: a pop opera; and Scrooge in Rouge. Tony won a 2008 Critics Circle Award for his role in Scrooge in Rouge. He is thrilled to be part of the Junior Theatre family where he teaches outreach and Balboa Park programs.

Kalin Hove received her B.A. in theatre and a minor in studio art from the University of California, at San Diego. At the American Conservatory of Theatre in San Francisco she advanced her theatre studies with classes in clowning, improvisation, voice, and movement. Kalin has performed in such shows as Guy's and Dolls, Company, As You Like It, and How to Succeed in Business... She has also directed her own one-woman show and several puppet shows. Kalin is proud to have been teaching theatre and art in San Diego for the past three years. She currently teaches theatre for the San Diego Unified School District as well as several non-profit organizations.

Fredreka Irvine Fredreka Irvine is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Florida A&M University and a M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Central Florida. Most recently, Fredreka worked as a theatre faculty member and production director at Santa Fe Christian School. Some of her favorite projects include My Fair Lady, Little Women, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and The Curious Savage. Previously, Fredreka served as the Education Associate for the Tony-Award winning Hartford Stage Company. She thanks God for the opportunity to work for San Diego Junior Theatre.

Bonnie Johnston Bio coming soon!


Joey Landwehr

is the proud Artistic Director for JCompany Youth Theatre. 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. He 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. Murray Abraham, Twyla Tharpe and has had the great privilege of working with such greats as Phyllis Diller, Emily Loesser, 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 (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 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 and in 2013 was honored again for his work in the arts by the San Diego Union Tribune. In San Diego, Joey has worked with Broadway/San Diego, 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, SDGMC, The Balboa Theatre, Birch North Park Theatre, The Spreckels Theatre, California Center for the Arts – Escondido, 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. Just this year Joey has been asked to direct/choreograph the first annual Ben Vereen Awards for Broadway/San Diego & The Nederlander Group starring Ben Vereen himself.

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) (Original Stage Adaptation). 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) (Original Stage Adaptation), GYPSY, HELLO, DOLLY, SHREK THE MUSICAL, DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE WIZARD OF OZ, DISNEY'S TARZAN, DISNEY'S PETER PAN, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, ANNIE and WEST SIDE STORY. At SDJT Joey has directed A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (World Premiere) (Original Stage Adaptation), WINNIE THE POOH, DISNEY'S MULAN, DOCTOR DOLITTLE and SNOOPY!!!

*In partnership with La Jolla Playhouse

Stefani Langley-Palmer Stefani's passion for theatre began at age 10 when she enrolled in a drama class at a local junior college. She holds a BA in theatre from BYU (where she was first introduced to theatre for young audiences) and an MA in theatre (with a concentration in children's theatre) from SDSU. At both schools, she acted, stage managed and produced touring shows for young audiences. Stefani is the mother of four and thrilled to be back sparking kids imaginations through the theatre.

Dana Lau Bio coming soon!

Shalico Leaverton

Shalico holds a BA in English from Michigan State University and a teaching credential and MA in Theatre from San Diego State University. Shalico has been involved in the performing arts as a singer, actor, and director for the past 30 years and has been a Theater Arts Educator for over 12 years. While at SDSU, she worked as a Teaching Associate and was involved in many directing projects and productions. Shalico also worked as a teaching artist for both the Globe Theater and La Jolla Playhouse. Most recently, she ran the Drama Department at Aliso Niguel High School in Orange County. Shalico is excited to join the team at San Diego Junior Theatre.

Linda Libby

Linda Libby is an award-winning actress and arts educator, the first woman to earn the San Diego Critics Circle Actor of the Year Award for 2013.  She holds an Eminence Credential from the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing, the 27th of such specialized credentials issued since 1979.  A founder of the San Diego Actors Alliance, Linda earned her MFA in theatre from Temple University.  Recently she directed Edgar & Annabel and Far Away at Ion Theatre Company where she is a founding Company Member.  You can see Linda onstage at Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company in Milvotchkee, Visconsin May 29-June 29. For more information about Linda please visit lindalibby.wix.com/lindalibby.

Joanna Lydersen Joanna grew up here in San Diego and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Dance from UCSD. She is currently dancing and teaching for an outreach program at Eveoke Dance Theatre and is the Dance Director and Choreographer for Park Dale Players Theatre Company in North County. She has also taught dance for the Encinitas Union School District and Class A.C.T. She is so excited to be joining San Diego Junior Theatre and hopes to pass on her love of dance and theatre to the kids!!!

Erika Malone Bio coming soon!

Patrick Marion first joined SDJT for their production of Into The Woods. Since then, he has been chosen as musical director for Joseph And The Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Richard Scarry's Busytown, and Dear Edwina. He is an associate artist for Lamb's Players Theatre, and has also performed shows with North Coast Repertory Theatre and JCC's J-Company. Patrick has taught private and group music classes around San Diego County for the last seven years, and is thrilled to be joining the teaching staff at Junior Theatre!

Katherine Matlack Bio coming soon!


Catalina Maynard

Catalina Maynard

A native San Diegan, Catalina is proud to be a member of the Junior Theatre Family. Ms. Maynard received her training in theatre at San Diego State University with an emphasis in performance. For the past twenty years, she has worked with a variety of theatre companies and academic intuitions throughout the country which include; Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Musical Theatre West, Company of Angels - Los Angeles, and the Harney Academy in Boston, MA, where she is currently the director of the Acting & Performance Workshops; a position she has held since 2001. Selected projects include You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Trial of Mister Wolf, Chato’s Kitchen and Charlotte’s Web.  In addition, Ms. Maynard has worked as an artist/instructor for many arts organizations throughout Southern California. Working with students K-12, her projects focus on exploration and discovery through playwriting, the importance of community using an ensemble process, and cultivating leadership skills through rehearsal and performance. Ms Maynard was awarded the CAC Artist In-Schools residency grant for three years focusing on original theatre pieces through the exploration of relevant and topical issues. Catalina is a member of ION Theatre Company, where she also co-directed The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. 

David McBean is a local actor turned teacher. San Diego theatrical audiences may remember him from such shows as "Fully Committed" where he played 40 characters and earned a San Diego Craig Noel Theater Critics Circle Award and a Pattie Award. He attended the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts, has a B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of San Diego, and has been the Director of Music Ministries for many years at the Mission Hills United Methodist Church. He brings a lot of hands on experience as a singer, having won the National Association for Teachers of Singing competitions for Classical Music and for Musical Theater.

Blake McCarty Bio coming soon!

Gordon McLachlan Gordo McLachlan no longer attends UCLA, half by choice of his and half by choice of UCLA administrators. After returning home to San Diego he designed the set for Junior Theatre's production of "Zombie Prom." Currently he divides his time working for "the man" and operation his found art group "The Merry Art Pranksters" and his performance troupe "$.02 Canary", both of which are filled to the brim with members from Junior Theatre, both past, present, and future. He is currently a carnie/performer with downtown's irrereverent and ultraviolet Technomania Circus. www.technomaniacircus.com

Carlos Mendoza

Carlos is thrilled to be joining the Junior Theatre Family.  A graduate of the United States International University in San Diego, he earned his BFA with an emphasis in Musical Theatre.  Since that time, he has worked extensively as a director, choreographer, producer and artistic director.  Selected theatrical credits include South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, Annie, Miss Saigon, Pajama Game, Cats, Hot Mikado, Aida, Nine, Joseph, Anna in the Tropics and My Fair Lady which he will be choreographing for the Moonlight Stage Productions this summer.  He has won San Diego Critics Circle Awards for his productions of West Side Story and Ragtime.  One of his main projects has been creator/producer of The New mambo Kings, a musical revue with a blend of Latin culture thru voice, music and dance.  As Artistic Director, Mr. Mendoza guided Starlight Musical Theatre for two season ('09-'10). He is currently working as Cruise Director for Holland America line.

For more information, visit www.carlosmendozaonline.com

Carlos Mendoza

IN THE HEIGHTS


 


Carlos A. Mendoza (Director/Choreographer)


 


Carlos is thrilled to be joining the Junior Theatre Family.  A graduate of the United States International University in San Diego, he earned his BFA with an emphasis in Musical Theatre.  Since that time, he has worked extensively as a director, choreographer, producer and artistic director.  Selected theatrical credits include SOUTH PACIFIC, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, MAN OF LA MANCHA, ANNIE, MISS SAIGON, PAJAMA GAME, CATS, HOT MIKADO, AIDA, NINE, JOSEPH, ANNA IN THE TROPICS and MY FAIR LADY which he will be choreographing for the Moonlight Stage Productions this summer.  He has won San Diego Critics Circle Awards for his productions of WEST SIDE STORY and RAGTIME.  One of his main projects has been creator/producer of THE NEW MAMBO KINGS, a musical revue with a blend of Latin culture thru voice, music and dance.  As Artistic Director, Mr. Mendoza guided Starlight Musical Theatre for two season (’09-’10). He is currently working as Cruise Director for Holland America line, for more information, visit www.carlosmendozaonline.com

Crystal Mercado

Crystal Mercado is a graduate from Arizona State University's Theatre for Youth MFA program. She has worked as a community-based artist, stage manager, director and teaching artist for organizations and individual projects in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego County and Tijuana, B.C., MX. She received her BA in Theatre from San Diego State University.

Crystal Mercado Bio coming soon!

Mitzi Michaels Smith Bio coming soon!

Richard Morrison

Richard holds a BFA in theater from Webster Conservatory, and has been a professional musician and stage manager since he was in high school.
He is overjoyed to return to his native San Diego after spending the last several years working in New York City and around the country. Richard loves sharing his experience and enthusiasm with the next generation of artists.

Marla Navarette Bio coming soon!

Matthew Novotny Matthew went to Point Loma High School, where he was taught by one of San Diego's best, Priscilla Allen. Priscilla gave Matthew the guidance to pursue lighting design as well as acting. He attended San Diego Junior Theatre, where he was part of over 50 productions, including Bye Bye Birdie (Mr. Macafee), Peter Pan (Mr. Darling), as well as The Crucible (Judge Danforth), The Miser (Harpagon), and Antigone (Kreon).

Matthew then went to San Diego State University, wanting to continue in acting, but not ignoring lighting design. That summer Matthew designed the lights for a critically acclaimed hit production of Godspell, and the following year was hired by San Diego Junior Theatre to become their master electrician, as well as joining the San Diego Comic Opera, now Lyric Opera San Diego, as their master electrician. In Spring of 2000, Matthew decided to put acting on the back burner and focus on design.

His design career took off with Somewhere Over the Rainbow for SDSU, Really Rosie for San Diego Junior Theatre, The Bad Boy Next Door and Street Theatre for the Quentin Crisp Theater, and the 40th annual production of MADCAPS.

He became the lighting designer in residence for San Diego Comic Opera, designing productions of The Gondoliers, The Gypsy Princess and The Boyfriend. He also designed productions like O' What Precious Nonsense for the SDSU Opera, and The Magical Ms. Piggle Wiggle for Junior Theatre. In 2002 he designed productions of HMS Pinafore, The Barber of Seville, and Babes in Arms for San Diego Comic Opera/Lyric Opera San Diego, How to Eat Like a Child for Junior Theatre, and Rumors for Scripps Ranch Theatre.

In 2003, Matthew worked on Lyric Opera's Abduction From the Seraglio, Junior Theatre's production of The Secret Garden, (2003 Billie Award winner), and Super Bowl XXXVII.

Currently, Matthew is attending Boston University for graduate school in Lighting Design.
Lighting Design

The Game (2004) Intermezzo/Kennedy Center
Die Fledermaus (2004) Lyric Opera San Diego
Holiday Memories (2003) Boston University Theatre
Oliver! (2003) Lyric Opera San Diego
Together Again for the Very First Time (2003) Lyric Opera San Diego
Sticky Fingers (2003) Point Loma High School
The Secret Garden (2003) San Diego Junior Theatre
Abduction From the Seraglio (2003) Lyric Opera San Diego
Babes in Arms (2002) Lyric Opera San Diego
The Barber of Seville (2002) San Diego Comic Opera
Rumors (2002) Scripps Ranch Theatre
How to Eat Like a Child (2002) San Diego Junior Theatre
Zeiger Show (2002) Point Loma High School
HMS Pinafore (2002) San Diego Comic Opera
Spanish Touring Group (2002)
San Diego Sun Harbor Chorus (2001) Casa Del Prado Theatre
The Boyfriend (2001) San Diego Comic Opera
Gypsy Princess (2001) San Diego Comic Opera
Eastern Standard (2001) Backyard Productions
Zeiger Show (2001) Point Loma High School
Oh, What Precious Nonsense! (2001) San Diego State University Opera
The Gondoliers (2001) San Diego Comic Opera
Magical Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (2001) San Diego Junior Theatre
Blue Window (2001) Backyard Productions
San Diego Sun Harbor Chorus (2000) Casa Del Prado Theatre
Somewhere Over the Rainbow... (2000) San Diego State University
Street Theatre (2000) Quentin Crisp Theatre
The Wake of Jamey Foster (2000) Backyard Productions
Really Rosie (2000) San Diego Junior Theatre
The Bad Boy Next Door (2000) Quentin Crisp Theatre
MADDCAPS 40th anniversary (2000)
Ain't Misbehaven (1998) Visions Theatre Company
Godspell (1998) Visions Theatre Company
Fiddler on the Roof (1998) Point Loma High School
Fame (1997) Point Loma High School
Information from http://www.matthewnovotny.com/bio.php.

David Pelton

David grew up in San Diego, receiving a B.A. in Art from San Diego State University and a Masters in Education from Point Loma Nazarene College. After thirty-three years of teaching in San Diego, David recently retired and is excited to be a part of the SDJT teaching staff. David has been with Junior Theatre since the 2003-04 season and has been a part of twenty-two shows as coordinator, hair and make-up designer, or costume designer. David most enjoys supporting his students through sharing his knowledge, ideas, and creativity while giving hands-on experience to assist students in accomplishing their goals.

Erin Petersen

Bio coming soon!

Keriann Reyes Bio coming soon!

Katie Rodda holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Arts from University of California-Santa Barbara, and is on faculty at San Diego City College and California State University, San Marcos. Ms. Rodda has been directing around San Diego since 1999, her recent projects include: The Dining Room, The Boys Next Door, Viburnum, Damn Yankees, Side by Side by Sondheim, Bobby Gould in Hell, and The Flower of Dubuque, along with numerous original plays. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Fritz Theatre and Actors Alliance of San Diego, CA. This production marks her directorial debut with San Diego Junior Theatre.

Neil Rothschild

taught theater and telecommunications at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and taught acting Grossmont College for the past 28 years. He was the 1994-1995 San Diego Teacher of the Year and was named as an Outstanding Alumni by The Ohio State University for his work in arts education. Neil is President Emeritus of the Board of Diversionary Theater. He is so happy to be back at JT after a long absence to fly his "Freak Flag" with the entire ensemble and crew. There is a little "Shrek" in us all to be embraced.

James Saba

JAMES SABA
James recently directed Lost in Yonkers for Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Other HSRT shows include Scapin, Sylvia, Two Rockin’ Gents (an original musical that he created with Steve Gunderson), as well as over 20 theatre-for-young audience productions. Last summer he directed Girl Scouts of America (written by SDJT alum, Mona Mansour) for the New York International Fringe Festival. Other credits include All in the Timing and 7 Stories for the MFA Program at the Old Globe Theatre; Lucky Stiff, Philadelphia Story and Blithe Spirit at Webster University. In San Diego he directed The Mystery of Irma Vep (Diversionary), Game of Love and Chance (Moonlight), Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (NCRT), and the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s The Boy Who Fell Into a Book (Lamb’s Players). He assisted Craig Noel on seven productions at the Old Globe. He was a member of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab in 2005 and the SSDC Observer to Casey Nicholaw on the Encore’s revival of Follies. His SDJT directing credits include Bye Bye Birdie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Joseph... Regional acting credits include San Diego Repertory Theatre, Lamb's Players Theatre, Starlight Musical Theatre, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Apple Tree Theatre in Chicago, the Circle Repertory Theatre Lab, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, and the Cleveland Playhouse.

Christopher Salazar

Christopher Salazar is a teaching artist at the Old Globe, and teaches improv at UCSD Extension. Mr. Salazar has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He appeared in last year’s Shakespeare Festival and in the Old Globe/USD M.F.A productions of Measure for Measure, Tartuffe, Twelfth Night and Fathers and Sons. He has appeared in New York in the World Premiere of Thieves (The Public Theater/AMERINDA Theater), Hamlet (Gorilla Repertory Theater Company, Inc.), The Merchant of Venice (Inwood Shakespeare Festival), The Tempest (Brave New World Repertory Theatre) and Big Love (Columbia University Stage). His regional credits include Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles), Saint Joan and Peter Pan (Barter Theatre), Deathtrap (The Barnstormers Theatre), The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra and Love’s Labour’s Lost (American Shakespeare Center) and understudying the East Coast Premiere of Outrage (The Wilma Theater).

Lisa Samson Bio coming soon!

Alyssa Schechter Bio coming soon!

Barbara Schoenhofer

Barb Schoenhofer ihas 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.

Michael Schwartz Bio coming soon!

Rayme Sciaroni

Rayme is honored to be making his directorial debut at San Diego Junior Theatre. Having had the pleasure of playing piano for the JT Annual Celebrations the last two years, he already feels quite at home! Rayme is an accomplished composer/lyricist for music theater projects and recently presented his writing abilities in the World Premier of “The Daddy Machine” at the Diversionary Theatre, then picked up and performed on the Rosie O’Donnell Family Cruise Ship. Also, “Corporate Circus” at the Lyceum Theatre.

Rayme has several directing/musical directing credits through out San Diego and beyond: “Guys & Dolls”, “Joseph..Dreamcoat”, “High School Musicals 1 & 2”, “Aladin”, “The Fantastiks”, “I Do! I Do!”, “Once Upon A Mattress”…to name but a slight few.

He is also the writer for the theme song for his co-hosted internet radio show, “The Diva Craft Lounge” (Have Yourself A Diva Day) as well as specialized materials for singers on CD, (Debra Wangers ‘Driving My Own Heart) Theatre, (The Welk’s Christmas Show) and a long list of Cabaret shows.

He also boasts two piano solo CD’s and has co-authored a craft book entitled, “Designing with the Divas” now available in JoAnn’s Craft stores through out the country.

Rayme’s music website: http://www.raymemusic.com
AND
Rayme’s ‘Crafty’ site: http://www.raymecards.com

Angie Serrano has taught music classes at Junior Theatre for several years. She holds a B.A. from CSU San Marcos. Angie enjoys working and singing with kids of all ages, and has many years experience directing children and youth choirs. For over 10 years, she combined her love for children and performing by hosting a weekly Kid’s Club program. Angie continues to sing professionally in a women’s trio and performs with her husband, John, who is also a musician.






Emily Shackelford is a San Diego native, and a proud San Diego Junior Theatre Alum! She developed her love for theatre through SDJT's educational program, and is overjoyed to work with the new generations of SDJT students! In May of 2009 she recieved her B.F.A. in Theatre from Stephens College, in Columbia, Missouri. While studying with Stephens, she spent a summer at the Okoboji Summer Theatre, in Okoboji Iowa, where she performed in 3 of the 9 mainstage productions, and worked in the scene shop, costume shop, light shop, box office, house management, and even dappled in sound design. Also at Stephens, she spent a year working as the Public Relations Director for The Warehouse Theatre Company, the student-run theatre on campus. She started as a teaching artist at San Diego Junior Theatre the summer of 2009, and will be directing Lyle Lye the Crocodile in September!

Damon Shearer

Damon Shearer has been teaching theatre in San Diego for two years. During this time he has taught acting classes here at San Diego Junior Theatre, taught workshops at the Old Globe Theater and has run a 30 week theatre program at Paradise Hills Elementary School. Mr. Damon has a passion for young artists since he was a young artist himself. He began his professional acting career at the age of 8 in his hometown of Detroit, MI. Outside of teaching, Damon’s credits include work on the Regional Emmy winning television show ArtPulse TV, which highlighted all areas of the arts in San Diego County. Damon has a BA in Theatre from Calvin College.

Matt Sheelen

Matt comes to JT from Los Angeles where he spent the last 5 years acting, teaching, and improvising. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Theatre and has been fortunate to work with a number of fantastic arts organizations, including Seattle Children's Theatre, Story Pirates, ACLE, and Young Storytellers. He has been working as a teaching artist for over 8 years and is thrilled to join the JT community!

Sarah Siegel holds a B.A. in theatre from San Diego State University. She began her theatre career in the San Francisco area performing and directing for several years before moving to New York City where she started two theatre companies and continued her work in both theatre and film. While in New York City she continued her training studying under Milan Stitt and Lanford Wilson at the Circle Repertory Company and worked as a private audition coach and acting instructor helping her students land roles on both stage and screen. In San Diego Sarah has worked as an assistant casting director at Stu Segall Productions and has produced The Fritz Theatre’s Fritz Blitz for the past two years.

Kathleen Sorensen

Kathleen Sorensen was born and raised in San Diego. She attended the American Musical Dramatic Academy where she majored in musical theatre. She returned to San Diego 7 years ago and has been teaching, directing and choreographing musicals ever since.  Recently she was the Assistant Director for San Diego Follies. She’s worked with the Performing Arts Academy, the Lil' Arts Academy, and CYT. She always tells her students: "life is a musical, so start singing."

Allison Spratt Pearce

Allison grew up all around the world in a military family. She found her home in the arts and pursued a Music Theatre degree at Elon University. She succeeded in playing leads on and off Broadway, International and National Tours, and regionally. She made a career as well in commercial, television and film work. Wanting to expand her knowledge and experience, Allison applied and was accepted into the prestigious, Old Globe/USD MFA Drama Program. When she finished her degree she loved San Diego so much, she and her husband decided to reside here. Throughout her career, Allison has had an equal love for teaching. She has taught around the world to students of all ages a spectrum of  the arts from Dance to Shakespeare. For more information, please visit her website at www.allisonsprattpearce.com.

Emmelyn Thayer

Emmelyn Thayer has played leading roles in more than 30 productions, from Shakespeare and Chekhov to modern musicals and British comedy. She received her MFA from the Old Globe/University of San Diego's Graduate Theatre program, where she was awarded the Craig Noel MFA Fellowship. Among her roles at the Globe, Emmelyn played Thaisa in Pericles, which received San Diego Critics Circle Awards for production, direction, and ensemble. In addition to her work as an actress, Emmelyn has served as dialect coach for Cygnet Theatre Company, vocal coach for the University of San Diego, and currently teaches acting at UCSD Extension and San Diego Mesa College.

Leasa Thernes teaches dance at the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet where she has directed and choreographed several full-length ballet productions including Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. She also teaches at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla and recently was a guest choreographer for the dance department at Coronado School of the Arts High School. Leasa is an alumnus of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Currently, a student at San Diego City College and Mesa College she is studying dance, theatre, art and film. Leasa is pursuing a degree in fine art and film.

Eric von Metzke Bio coming soon!

Eric von Metzke

Eric von Metzke began his life in theatre at the age of 12 when he participated in the backstage crew for arguably the best JT show ever produced, Peter Pan (1994). Eric’s favorite roles at JT include Rooster in Annie, Harold Hill in Music Man, The Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz and the title role in Hans Christian Anderson. Eric is a graduate from San Diego State University and has been performing professionally for the last 3 years at such venues as Starlight, San Diego Musical Theatre and Sea World among others. He is currently working on his Masters in Education while still finding time to jam with his band.

Wendy Waddell

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.  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); Brave Smiles…, Bunbury, Speech and Debate (Diversionary Theatre, Associate Artist); Bluebonnet Court (Moxie Theatre/Diversionary Theatre); The Butcher of Baraboo (Moxie Theatre); The Miser, The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse);  Best Mistake, Funny Little Thing (Playwrights Project) and Othello (Women’s Rep).  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.

Teri Weisenberg Ang Teri Ang is a JT alumni and is excited to be part of this year’s 6oth anniversary as the director for “How To Eat Fried Worms”. She has been involved in theatre since she was 8 years old starting at JT of course (when she was Teri Weisenberg). She has been a theatre arts teacher at Valencia Park Center for Academics, Drama and Dance, a San Diego City Schools performing arts magnet for the last 21 years. There she has directed countless youth theatre productions. She has also worked for many community theatres doing stage management, production and acting.

Roberta Wells-Famula

Roberta Wells-Famula has served as Director of Education at The Old Globe since 2006, developing and managing audience engagement programs for all ages. She has overseen the implementation of Globe Readers, Globe Honors, the Summer Shakespeare Intensive (for which she serves as producer), the Middle School Conservatory, and Theatre Tots and has expanded the Free Student Matinee program and developed the curriculum for the Globe’s participation in the School in the Park program.  She oversaw the first Autism-Friendly performance of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.


Her community outreach work led to the development of Emancipated, a short play written by young people whose lives have been shaped by their experiences in the Foster care system.


Prior to joining The Old Globe, she was Education Director at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre and has worked with AEMS (Arts Education in Maryland Schools) focusing on Arts in Education advocacy, and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (MD) where she developed their Artist/Teacher training seminars.


She has acted and directed in theatres across the country and has worked as a Teaching Artist for the Baltimore Symphony, Harwelden Institute, Chesapeake Academy, and independently for over 30 years.

Directing credits include:


Heart Problems, (NYC); Lysistrata, (Annapolis, MD); Blithe Spirit; Prelude to a Kiss; A Christmas Carol; The Music Man; Anne of Green Gables; Foxfire; Eleemosynary; Cheaper by the Dozen; Feliz Navidad; Burn This; Clementine’s Christmas (Tulsa, OK); It’s Cool in the Furnacee (Chicago, IL); Safety Kids (NJ); The Owl and the Pussycat Went to See... (CA)

Jennifer Whetten

Jennifer was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She holds a B.S. in Communication with a minor in Dance from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She has been involved in theater and dancing from a young age, but started studying them exclusively in college. Specializing in Ballroom and Latin dancing she has studied with legendary teachers such as Buddy Schwimmer, Paul Winkleman, Shawn Fisher and Corky Ballas. Jennifer is the mother to two lovable boys and is thrilled to be joining the SDJT family.

Robin Whitehouse is totally enthralled with his work as a Sound Designer and Musical Director, and many smaller things too, for Junior Theatre. He has also Sound Designed and operated shows at the San Diego Rep., Southwestern College, and the Old Globe. Robin is currently studying music theory and composition as a full-time student. Some of the JT shows he is most pleased to have designed to date include Zombie Prom, The Wiz, Aladdin Jr., The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (for which he also orchestrated and composed music), Sideways Stories at Wayside School, Peter Pan, and Grease. JT is his favorite place to work, EVER.

Jennifer Winspear holds degrees in both theatre and elementary education from Brigham Young University-Hawaii. She has taught in San Diego City Schools, and is the Drama Specialist for the ESS programs in the Poway Unified School District. Jennifer has directed and performed with many theatre and dance groups both in Hawaii and California. Ms. Winspear is also the Artistic Director of her own Children's Show Choir, Vocal Motion and she runs her own Children's Theatre Company in North County, in which, she has directed school-wide productions including: Aladdin, Seusscial, Bye,Bye Birdie, and The Lion King. Jennifer has taught drama and dance to all ages at San Diego Junior Theatre and has served as a main-stage Choreographer for San Diego Junior Theatre's productions of Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business and My Emperor's New Clothes. Jennifer is married to her high school sweetheart, Josh and together they are the proud parents of three active boys. Jennifer makes her directorial debut with Junior Theatre with A Charlie Brown Christmas for the holiday season.

Theresa Wulf Bio coming soon!

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