Out of the Wings: Carlos Mendoza, The Wizard of Oz

Carlos Mendoza Headshot

Carlos Mendoza is the founder of the Hispanic Arts Theatre, an innovative theatre company that promotes Hispanic cultural awareness. One of his main projects has been creator and producer of The New Mambo Kings, a musical revue with a blend of Latin culture through voice, music, and dance.   Carlos has an extensive resume as actor, director, choreographer and producer. He has won several awards: San Diego Critics Circle Awards for his productions of West Side Story and Ragtime; the 2014 BRAVO (San Diego) award for body of work , the 2015 National Youth Arts Award for his production of In the Heights at San Diego Junior Theatre and the Inland Theatre League Award for his production of   In the Heights at Performance Riverside.  In addition, Carlos choreographed two full seasons of Dos Y Dos for the Latin American Multimedia Corporation, a groundbreaking educational TV/DVD Series. When not working in theatre, Carlos can be seen sailing the seven seas as Cruise Director for Holland America Line. He is currently a project coordinator for Beyond the Bell Broadway, for the San Ysidro school district.

Teaching Artist

San Diego Junior Theatre, the oldest continuing children’s theatre program in the country, is looking for Acting, Voice and Dance Teachers to join our Teaching Artist Pool.  This independent, non-profit organization provides engaging, innovative and high-quality theatre education and productions to enhance the lives of children of all ages, cultural backgrounds, abilities and levels of interest.  SDJT operates for the benefit of children throughout San Diego County; since 1948, its productions have entertained more than a million theatergoers of all ages.
The job summary for the position of Teaching Artist is as follows:
Teaches students ages 3-18 in one/all of the following capacities: on-site classes and camps in Balboa Park or off-site outreach programs, on or off-site workshops. Prepares and maintains all class materials and supplies. In conjunction with the Education Director, may develops new classes and course curriculum.
Salary: DOE

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) from an accredited college or university in the performing arts, education or related field.
  • Extensive experience and active current practice in art form(s) to be taught.
  • Experience working with/teaching students from kindergarten through grade 12.
  • Voice Teachers must be able to play piano.
  • Completed Mandated Reporter Training (http://educators.mandatedreporterca.com/default.htm)


  • Previous teaching artist experience
  • Curriculum development
  • CPR, AED & First Aid certified.
  • Experience working with students with special needs.

Please send your resume with a cover letter and a list of three references (name; title; relationship to you; email and phone contact information). The cover letter must include the following: your salary history, why you are interested in SDJT, and why you believe you would be an outstanding candidate for this position.
This is a seasonal position.  Please see our website (www.juniortheatre.com) for a full job description and the history of the organization.
CONTACT:  Please send your resume with a cover letter and a list of three references (name; title; relationship to you; email and phone contact information).  The cover letter must include the following:  your salary history; why you are interested in SDJT; and why you believe you would be an outstanding candidate for this position.  Send your package of information electronically to Mitzi Smith, Interim Education Director: [email protected]   Please no phone inquiries.
Please note that the initial screening will be confidential.  SDJT reserves the right to require fingerprint and background checks as a condition of employment.

Little Shop of Horrors Video

Little Shop of Horrors at Junior Theatre

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
For Ages 13 and olderRecommended for audiences 13 and older due to mature humor and themes.
ASL-Interpreted performance, 7pm, Saturday, January 21, 2017.

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