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About JCompany

JCompany Youth Theatre is a nationally recognized, award winning youth theater program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS in La Jolla, California. Guided and inspired by seasoned professionals in the theatre industry, JCompany Youth Theatre provides performing arts opportunities to children and teens, ages 4 through 18, regardless of gender, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation or economic status. In a safe and nurturing environment, JCompany youth explore the magic of theatre as they train and develop their creative potential, while building confidence and self-esteem. JCompany Youth Theatre also offers scholarship and outreach opportunities making JCompany’s award winning theater productions and programming affordable for all San Diego youth.

Mission Statement

JCompany Youth Theatre is San Diego’s leading youth theatre program, garnering local and national attention with its award-winning productions, providing a foundation for young artists to train and develop their creative potential, and giving them the opportunity to express themselves through the dramatic arts.


Founded in 1993 by Founding Artistic Director Becky Cherlin Baird and Founding Executive Producer, Melissa Garfield Bartell, JCompany is recognized as one of Southern California’s leading family-based youth theatre companies. JCompany’s professionally mounted performances are based out of the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, a 495-seat state of the art theatre facility located at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS in La Jolla, California.

Since 2006, JCompany has been under the artistic direction of Joey Landwehr. A renowned leader in theatre, Joey was recognized by the City of San Diego when it proclaimed October 18th, 2016 Joey Landwehr Day.