A Message from Executive Director

2018 Newsies JR

San Diego Junior Theatre’s 70th Anniversary Season was a year of celebration and reflection – an opportunity to glance back at our legacy that began in the 1940s and to savor the many achievements and accomplishments that have made us the oldest continually producing youth theatre in the nation.

Our successful 70th Anniversary Party of the Decade event brought together Junior Theatre families both past and present, as well as many of JT’s most notable alumni including 2018 JT Honorees Ahmad Hereford, DJ Sullivan, and Clarke Thorell. Tony award winner Casey Nicholaw, currently represented on Broadway with Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon, and Aladdin, even flew in early to do a Q&A with our current students!

Season highlights included the San Diego premiere of Tuck Everlasting and an exciting collaboration with Disney Theatricals on one of their newest properties, Newsies JR.

Now we look to the future!

It’s Season 71, and Junior Theatre has planned a breathtaking banquet of classes, productions, and outreach programs that will inspire and challenge our students and audiences. We need your help to make it happen.

As you know, only a portion of SDJT’s annual budget is covered by ticket sales and tuition. Donations to the Annual Giving Fund enable Junior Theatre to reach more kids, innovate, and take artistic risks.

Junior Theatre has been the starting point for dozens of professional theatre artists, but for many, many more, it has been a playground to develop important life skills and core values, such as empathy, community, identity, resiliency, and responsibility.

Your gift will ensure that Junior Theatre will continue to be the place where dreams are realized in a safe and nurturing community, and where life-long friendships are born.

James Saba
Executive Director

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November 28 is #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday 2017

Dear Junior Theatre Friends:

Giving Tuesday is November 28!

For 70 years, San Diego Junior Theatre’s mission has been brought to life by telling great stories onstage, and creating amazing personal success stories off-stage.

For every story that has inspired our audiences, we have thousands of stories of students and families that have been transformed by the Junior Theatre experience.

You may have your own story. What’s your “Once Upon a Time?”

In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, please consider what Junior Theatre has meant to you, and make a contribution to the 70th Anniversary Annual Fund to support one of San Diego’s most vital, cultural, and educational resources.

The Annual Fund keeps our doors open and lights on, but it also gives us space to innovate and take artistic risks. Now is the time to rise up and keep Junior Theatre alive and thriving. Your donation will ensure that Junior Theatre is the place where dreams are realized in a safe and nurturing community where life-long friendships are born.

Historically, the Annual Fund has raised about $35,000 each year. In honor of the 70th Anniversary, we have set a goal to double that amount to $70,000! Please consider doubling your donation this year, or add an extra $7.00, $70.00 or even $700.00.

San Diego Junior Theatre is not only one of the oldest theatre companies in San Diego, but we are currently the oldest youth theatre in the nation! Your gift is an investment in our next 70 years.

The stories we have yet to inspire, onstage and off, are in your hands.

Yours very truly,
James Saba
Executive Director

Each year #GivingTuesday is held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the big shopping events, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire a culture of philanthropy, transforming how people think and talk about and participate in the giving season.