About SDMT

To passionately produce and provide professional musical theatre that ignites the human spirit…
San Diego Musical Theatre – Your local way to see Broadway



San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) was founded by Erin and Gary Lewis on September 26, 2006, as a professional, non-profit, musical theatre organization that produces Broadway musicals.

Erin and Gary grew up in San Diego where both of their families enjoyed attending local productions. When their daughter began performing at local theatres, over 26 years ago, they soon discovered that they wanted to become more involved in the San Diego theatrical community and volunteered their services, time and resources.

Erin and Gary have owned and operated a successful Tupperware business for over 41 years and love what they do. After realizing that San Diego could benefit from a local, year round, non-profit musical theatre organization, in 2006 they decided that the time was right to add an exciting new adventure to their life … San Diego Musical Theatre was born.

Founders Gary & Erin Lewis

SDMT presented the Regional Premiere of The Full Monty, at the North Park Theatre for their inaugural production. Following this, SDMT produced their first full season of musicals at the East County Performing Arts Center.

After subsequent moves to the Lyceum Theatre and a return to the North Park Theatre, in 2015 SDMT was finally able to call the historic Spreckels Theatre their home.

In 2015 SDMT launched their You Give, We Give campaign, designed to raise awareness for local nonprofits. For each production in their season, SDMT partners with a different local non-profit, where 10 percent of the funds raised for SDMT during the run will be given to the partner organization. Since 2015 SDMT has partnered with a variety of organizations including Junior Achievement, Special Olympics of California, Voices for Children, UCSD Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and many other wonderful non-profits. Through its You Give, We Give program, SDMT will continue to help raise funds and awareness for local organizations.

In December of 2016, SDMT entered into a partnership with Intrepid Theatre Company to share the use of the Horton Grand Theatre in the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego. For its inaugural production at the Horton Grand Theatre, SDMT presented the World Premiere of Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play as their new holiday offering.

Looking at ahead to their 2018 season, SDMT will be producing the entirety of its season at the Horton Grand Theatre and hopes to continue to expand their presence in the San Diego theatre community and offer San Diego audiences musical theatre of the highest caliber.

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San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards

  • 2008 The Full Monty – Outstanding Musical Direction
  • 2011 Dreamgirls – Outstanding Resident Musical and Outstanding Male Performer
  • 2013 The Sound of Music – Outstanding Featured Female Performer and Outstanding Musical Direction
  • 2014 Next To Normal – Outstanding Young Actor and Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female
  • 2015 La Cage Aux Folles – Outstanding Lead and Featured Performance in a Musical, Male
  • 2016 Ragtime – Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female
  • 2016 Ragtime – Outstanding Music Direction

Patte Awards

  • 2011 Dreamgirls – Outstanding Resident Musical and Outstanding Male Performer

San Diego Bravo Awards

  • 2012 Spirit Award
  • 2013 Producers of the Year


  • A Chorus Line – Outstanding Musical Direction
  • White Christmas – Outstanding Costume Design
  • Chicago – Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Featured Male Performer
  • Annie Get Your Gun – Outstanding Leading Female Performer
  • Next To Normal – Outstanding Resident Musical, Outstanding Direction of a Musical and Outstanding Musical Direction
  • West Side Story – Outstanding Featured Female Performer
  • Singin’ In The Rain – Outstanding Choreography
  • Ragtime – Outstanding Featured Performance, Female
  • Ragtime – Oustanding Resident Musical
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