San Diego Junior Theatre
Current Directors

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.

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.



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.

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.

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

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.


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. 

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

Erin Petersen

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.

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

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!

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.

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)

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.

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