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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.


JCompany Youth Theatre is a nationally recognized, award-winning youth theatre located 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 provides performing arts opportunities to children 4 through 18, regardless of gender, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation or economic status. Part of JCompany's uniqueness comes from the idea of not only creating future artists but guiding future humans. Through the simple pillars of Focus, Willingness, Appreciation, Professionalism, Empathy, Respect & Support; JCompany's goal for each young artist is not the theatrical term of a "Triple Threat.", but a Quadruple Threat: Acting, Singing, Dancing, Compassion.


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.

View a full list of prior productions.

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.

Artistic Director: Joey Landwehr

(TONY Award Nomination – Inaugural Excellence In Theatre Education Award) (PROCLAMATION – Oct. 18th is officially JOEY LANDWEHR DAY in San Diego County in honor of Joey’s dedication to the theatrical arts and youth) (CURRENTLY: Artistic Director for JCompany Youth Theatre & The Broadway/San Diego Awards & Theatre Commentator #TheatreGuru for Good Morning San Diego on KUSI Television) is the proud Artistic Director for JCompany Youth Theatre (2006-present). Winning over 40 awards for his work with young artists in San Diego; including a special creativity award for shaving his head with his lead in THE KING AND I, Yul Brynner style, gaining over $10,000.00 for Rady Children’s Hospital, Cancer Unit. Earning him the title Joey “Do Anything For The Arts” Landwehr.
Joey moved to San Diego after being a professional actor and director in New York City working on and off Broadway, national tours, regional theatre and directing and soloing at Carnegie Hall. Joey received his MFA in acting and directing from The Ohio State University and has studied under such instructors as Betty Buckley, Marcel Marceau, Francis Sternhagen, Uta Hagen, Anne Bogart, F. Murray Abraham, Twila Tharpe and has had the great privilege of working with such greats as Ben Vereen, Phyllis Diller, Sam Harris, Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Mallory, Joel Grey, Kaye Ballard, Michael Feinstein, Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone & Howard Keel. 
Joey has worked in all entertainment media and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), and Americans for the Arts (AFTA). 
Since moving to San Diego Joey worked for the San Diego Performing Arts League as Membership and Community Development Director; in 2007 he received the “40 Under 40” Award from San Diego Metropolitan Magazine for outstanding leadership in the arts and in 2011 was also honored as the San Diego Newsmaker of the year in the Arts. In 2015 Joey was nominated, by the great Ben Vereen, for the Inaugural Excellence In Theatre Education TONY Award; in 2016 Joey was further recognized when the city of San Diego proclaimed October 18th Joey Landwehr Day. 

2018 to the present Joey serves as advocate and ambassador for the San Diego theatre community by being the theatre commentator #TheatreGuru for local news station KUSI. 2014 to the present Joey also is proud to serve as Artistic Director for THE BEN VEREEN AWARDS (Starring Ben Vereen) by Broadway/San Diego A Nederlander Presenter. In San Diego, Joey has worked with Scripps Ranch Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, the San Diego Shakespeare Society, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, San Diego REP, Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova San Diego, The Civic Theatre, The Spreckles Theatre, The Balboa Theatre, San Diego Fringe Festival, Compulsion Dance & Theatre and The Actors Alliance Festival winning five different excellence awards. From 2006 - 2015 Joey served as the resident staging director and choreographer for the SDGMC, under the artistic direction of Gary Holt and award-winning producer/designer Ian Grant. Since joining JCompany as Artistic Director in, he had the privilege of directing nearly 100 productions.