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What’s New from San Diego Junior Theatre

Introducing the Director of the Crucible, Matt Haupert!


San Diego Junior Theatre is excited to introduce Matt Haupert, our director for The Crucible. 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 in San Marcos, where he recently 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. He co-wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the children’s musical Magic Rocks! The Musical!, which received its professional premier at Tibbits Opera House in 2013. Matt is a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade Improv Comedy Training Program in Los Angeles and an alumnus of Teach For America. His work as a singer-songwriter is available at A native of La Crosse, WI, Matt lived and taught in Los Angeles and the Bay Area before finally moving to the San Diego area in 2017. He now lives in Carlsbad with his wife and cats.


Upcoming Pre-Audition Meeting for Sleepy Hollow and the Crucible

Sleepy Hollow, A Musical Tale 2018


There will be a pre-audition meeting for Sleepy Hollow and the Crucible on August 21, 2018 from 5-6pm in room 102 of the Casa del Prado Building.

Auditions for Sleepy Hollow and the Crucible will be held on August 27th and 28th from 4-6pm. Please call the Education Office to schedule a time. 619.239.1311

*Reminder that students must be enrolled in a Fall Class in order to audition. 


Elf Box

Photo by: Joan Marcus



AUGUST 4 AT 1:00 – 2:15 PM


Join us for a conversation with SDJT Alumnus and Tony Award winning director and choreographer, Casey Nicholaw.  Casey is currently represented on Broadway with Mean Girls, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, and soon, The Prom (opening in November, 2018)!

Students performing at the Party of the Decade, or currently enrolled in a summer camp, will receive complimentary admission. Reservations for this event on August 4 (from 1:00 – 2:15 pm) are $20.00. This General Admission event and reservations will be capped at 200.*

Director, James Saba and Artistic Director, Desha Crownover, will moderate the event. Given the brief timeframe, all questions must be taken in advance. Any questions must be sent in advance to Desha Crownover (, by August 2.

* Comps must be reserved through the box office at least one day in advance. Call 619-239-8355 for more details.


San Diego Junior Theatre’s New Production Assistant



Welcome Braylie Manson, San Diego Junior Theatre’s New Production Assistant!

“Howdy, I’m Braylie Manson!  I was born and raised in Texas and am a recent graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Theatre. I was part of the Theatre Honors Society, Alpha Psi Omega where I was Vice President.  I also worked in the scenic design shop at TAMU for 3 years. I have a passion for Scenic design and Directing and am jazzed about becoming a part of the SDJT family. I have been everything under the sun in production from onstage and backstage. I am thrilled to be a part of the world of theatre creation again here in San Diego!”

Director of Mr. Popper Penguins



San Diego Junior Theatre is pleased to announce that Ricardo Valenzuela is set to direct and choreograph Mr. Poppers Penguins. The auditions will be held Monday, April 23- Wednesday, April 25th from 4-6pm.  

Ricardo Valenzuela is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC.  As an actor, he recorded two full seasons as a lead character in the Latin American television show titled Dos y Dos. He has performed at the Starlight Bowl, Moonlight Amphitheatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Hispanic Arts Theatre, San Diego Asian Repertory Theatre, Coronado Playhouse, Christian Community Theatre, and on the Holland America Cruise Line as a contestant of Dancing with the Stars at sea with celebrity judges Kym Johnson and Carson Kressley.  Ricardo comes to us from our neighbor program San Diego Civic Dance Arts where he choreographed countless musical theatre style numbers for recitals, productions, camps, and their award winning showcase Collage for over 11 years.