Biography

Ricardo Valenzuela

Ricardo Valenzuela is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC. His experience with children comes from working at San Diego Civic Dance Arts for over a decade. Past Credits at SDJT as director and/or choreographer; Junie B. Jones, Mr. Poppers Penguins, Sleepy Hollow, The Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, Pippi Long Stocking and the summer intensives Aladdin Jr. and Freckleface Strawberry. He has also choreographed Mt. Carmel High School’s choir’s annual concert, “LEGENDS” since 2017, and their theatre’s productions of Cabaret, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz and Little Shop of Horrors. Acting credits include two seasons as the character “Antonio” in the Latin American television show Dos y Dos, and two episodes of Los Jumpitz en Espanol. Ricardo has been lucky to perform with the following theatre companies: the Starlight, Moonlight Amphitheatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Hispanic Arts Theatre, San Diego Asian Repertory Theatre, Performance Riverside and Coronado Playhouse. Ricardo holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences LGBTQ+ studies from San Diego State University.

Pippi Longstocking

Directed by Ricardo Valenzuela
Adapted for the Stage in a translation by Thomas W Olson
Music by Roberta Carlson
Lyrics by Roberta Carlson & Thomas W Olson
Based on the Books by Astrid Lindgren

The adventures of Pippi Longstocking and her best friends.

Mister Popper’s Penguins

Directed and Choreographed by Ricardo Valenzuela
Book and Lyrics by Jody Davidson
Music by Brett Schrier
Based on the Novel by Richard and Florence Atwater

Mr. Popper is a restless dreamer who spends his time reading of famous explorers in faraway places. His life changes when a package from Antarctica turns out to be a live penguin!

Junie B. Jones, the Musical

Directed and Choreographed by Ricardo Valenzuela
Book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler
Music by Zina Goldrich
Adapted from the Junie B. Jones Series of Books by Barbara Park

A musical abaout sassy little diva Junie B. Jones’ first day of first grade.