Junior Theatre is pleased to announce that Ricardo Valenzuela will return to direct and choreograph our summer production of Pippi Longstocking! Auditions are April 29, 30, and May 1, 4-6pm. Please call the Education Office at 619-239-1311 for more information and to reserve an appointment time.
Ricardo Valenzuela most recently directed Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Junie B. Jones. He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC, and has performed at the Starlight Bowl, Moonlight Amphitheatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Hispanic Arts Theatre, San Diego Asian Repertory Theatre, Coronado Playhouse and Christian Community Theatre. Ricardo is also scheduled to teach Junior Theatre’s Advanced Musical Theatre Camp of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. this summer at City College (July 22, 2019-August 2, 2019).
Matt Haupert returns to Junior Theatre this summer as the director of The Hunchback of Notre Dame! Matt’s production of The Crucible wowed audiences on the Casa del Prado Stage last fall. Matt holds a BFA in Acting and a BA in English from Drake University and an MA in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University. He currently teaches Humanities and runs the musical theater program at High Tech High North County, where he directed Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. As an actor, Matt has worked with companies such as Berkeley Playhouse, TheatreFirst, Contra Costa Musical Theater, Tibbits Summer Theater, and Hope Summer Repertory Theater. Auditions for Hunchback are April 29, 30 and May 1, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. For more information and to secure your appointment time, please call the Junior Theatre Education Office at 619-239-1311.
Growing up I had two passions. Swimming and theatre. I went to Mesa College where I completed the two-year theatre program and two years after that I returned to work there as the scene shop foreman. I realized there that teaching and introducing elements of theatre was another passion of mine. I have worked at several theatres as an electrician and lighting designer: San Diego REP, New Village Arts, Cygnet, Moxie and Point Loma Playhouse.
San Diego Junior Theatre is proud to welcome Susan Jordan DeLeon as director of Seussical! Susan is thrilled to be joining the Junior Theatre Family in a new capacity. As a parent of a former student she had the opportunity to see first hand the quality of theatre education Junior Theatre provides. Susan has been teaching and directing in a variety of venues from collegiate to professional theatre here in Southern California and abroad and holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theater as well as a B.A. in Theater from SDSU.
Students should make note of some key dates:
Pre-audition meeting: January 24, 4:00 – 5:00 pm in Room 102.
Auditions: February 8 6:00 – 8:00 pm Room 102
February 9, 9:00 – 12:00 pm in Room 102
NOTE: Students must be enrolled in a spring class to audition. Spring enrollment does not open until January 24.
Justin Lang is slated to direct SDJT’s upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
Justin has been teaching and directing Shakespeare in San Diego high schools through an education and outreach program he co-created, with Dan Windham with New Village Arts. Directing credits include: Lord of the Flies, The Tempest, As You Like It, Henry V, Macbeth, and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged). Favorite acting credits include; Of Mice and Men (George Milton) [nominated for a San Diego Critics Circle Award for Best Dramatic Production], Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Azolan), The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence (Watson), It’s A wonderful Life (Sam Hinds “Live Foley”), As You Like It (Orlando), Romeo & Juliet (Romeo).