Director Biography

Joey Landwehr

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.

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.

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 to present Joey has also been the resident staging director and choreographer for the SDGMC.

At JCompany he has had the privilege of directing Rumpelstiltskin Is My Name, Oliver!, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Story Of Hansel and Gretel, Disney’s The Jungle Book, Aida, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, Pocahontas (San Diego Premiere), Into the Woods, Fireflies: The Story of the Artists of Terezin. South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, 13 – A New Musical, The Wizard of Oz (Munchkin cast of the national tour), Children of Eden, Disney’s Mulan, The Who’s Tommy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Xanadu, Funny Girl, Yentl (World Premiere), Gypsy, Hello Dolly, Shrek The Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, 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!!! The Musical.

SNOOPY!!! The Musical

Directed by Joey Landwehr
Based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
Book by Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, Warren
Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw and Michael L. Grace
Music by Larry Grossman
Lyrics by Hal Hackaday

It’s the Comic Strip story of the Peanuts with Charlie Brown and the gang!

Doctor Dolittle

Directed by Joey Landwehr
Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Based on the stories by Hugh Lofting and the Twentieth Century Fox film

All of the characters (human and animal) we've come to love through the stories of Hugh Lofting and the magical movie musical are given new life in this stage version.

Disney’s Mulan, Jr

Directed by Joey Landwehr
Music and Lyrics by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel,
Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori and Alexa Junge

Travel back to the legendary, story-telling days of ancient China with this action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s popular movie.

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