Jewish Theater: American Jewish Theaters

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West Coast Jewish Theater

Artistic director: Howard Teichman
History and Mission: Founded in 1993 by Naomi Karz Jacobs

Recent Productions: by Hindi Brooks (2015)
Oh My God by Anat Gov (2015)
The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez (2015)

West Coast Jewish Theatre
P.O. Box 7097
Beverly Hills, CA 90212


Jewish Women’s Theater

Artistic Director: Ronda Spinak
History and Mission: Founded in 2007 by Ronda Spinak, Ellen Sandler and Deena Novak with the intention of developing stories written by Jewish women about their lives in America today.

Recent Productions:
Plays are collaboratively created or collections of short theatrical pieces by multiple authors.

Submissions guidelines posted online at:


Theatre Chevruta

Artistic Director: None listed
History and mission: A reader’s theater (no staged productions) founded in 2013 at the Jewish Community Center f Los Gatos, CA.

Recent Productions:
Cantorial by Ira Levin (2016)
The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (2016)
Broken Glass by Arthur Miller (2015)

4855 Oka Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032


Theatre Dybbuk

Artistic Director: Aaron Henne
History and Mission: Theatre Dybbuk illuminates the universal human experience by creating provocative theatrical presentations and innovative educational opportunities based on Jewish folklore, rituals and history. Plays seem primarily collaboratively created or conceived and directed by artistic director Aaron Henne.

Recent Productions:
Exagoge by Aaron Henne (2016)
Assemble, Conceived by the Center for Jewish Culture and Leichtag Foundation, and created by theatre dybbuk.(2015)
Tefillah by Aaron Henne (2014)

PO Box 292576 
Los Angeles, California 90029



Theatre Or

Artistic Director: Diane Gilboa
History and Mission: Founded in 2004, Theatre Or is dedicated to the production of innovative, provocative, and entertaining professional theatre that explores topics which are relevant to the Jewish community and also hold universal appeal.

Recent Productions:
My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding by David Hein and and Irene Carl Sankoff (2015)
Kindertransport by Diane Samuels (2014)




National Jewish Theater Foundation

Founder and President: Arnold Mittelman
History and Mission: Since 2007, the National Jewish Theater Foundation has presented theatrical works that celebrate the richness of Jewish heritage and culture.

Recent Productions:
The Soap Myth by Jeff Cohen (2016)
Rothschild and Sons by Bock and Harnick (2015)
The Soul of Gershwin by Joseph Vass (2011)




The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington

Producing Artistic Director: Audrey Heller
History and Mission: Founded in 2003, the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington produces works that arise from or reflect the Jewish experience, but that also focus universal issues of the human condition that are accessible to a diverse audience.

Recent Productions:
Halpern and Johnson by Lionel Goldstein (2016)
Collected Stories by Donald Margulies (2015)
Handle With Care by Jason Odell Williams (2014)




Continuum Theater

Executive Director: Devorah Richards
History and Mission: Continuum Theater is an arts organization dedicated to sharing a wide range of Jewish theatrical, musical, and dance experiences with a diverse Chicago audience. Our mission is to serve Jewish continuity by preserving our heritage, energizing our evolving culture and building community around a love for Jewish performing arts and Jewish learning.

Recent Productions:
Denial by Peter Sagal (2016)
Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon (2015)

Also responsible for Chicago Jewish Play Reading Festival.

Continuum Theater
P.O. Box 1617
Deerfield, IL 60015



White Theatre

Director of Arts + CultureKansas City Jewish Film Festival: Tabitha Schmidt
History and Mission: Arts + Culture at The J features exquisitely-produced in-house productions. Plus, there are visiting artists, music + dance, inventive visual arts + literature presentations, and our new Artist-in-Residence Kinnor Philharmonic. There’s always an exciting choice for you, and your family, to experience and enjoy. Whether you’re Jewish or not, a J Member or not, there are exciting choices for you and your family to experience and enjoy.

Recent Productions:
Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain (2016)
Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon (2016)
Jana Robbins: I’m Still Here by Jana Robbins (2016)

Note: Mix of Jewish and non-Jewish theater content

5801 W 115 Street
Overland Park, KS 66211



The Jewish Theater of Grand Rapids

Managing Director: Len Robinson
History and Mission: Founded in 1992, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is dedicated to presenting quality theatrical productions with Jewish themes that are universal in appeal.

Recent Productions:
Brill by David Wells (2016)
Irena’s Vow by Dan Gordon (2016)
Seniors of the Sahara by Barbara Pease Weber (2016)

2727 Michigan NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506


Jewish Ensemble Theatre

Executive Director: Christopher Bremer
History and Mission: JET is a professional Equity theatre based in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Founded in 1989 by Evelyn Orbach with a group of prestigious theatre and community leaders, JET was established with the mission “to produce theatre of the highest professional standards and to provide a stage for the exploration of ideas that confront issues of humanity and community from a Jewish perspective. Jewish Ensemble Theatre serves as a force for Jewish continuity, a platform for new voices, and a bridge of understanding to the general community."

Recent Productions:
Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar (2017)
Rites of Passage by Kitty Dubin (2016)
Handle with Care by Jason Odell Williams (2016)

6600 West Maple Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322



Minnesota Jewish Theater Company

Producing Artistic Director: Barbara Brooks
History and Mission: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) was born in July 1994, shortly after Founder and Producing Artistic Director Barbara Brooks gave birth to her son. Through his infancy, she thought about her identity and how she could continue her Jewish heritage into the next generation. Beyond that, she wondered how her son and his future friends — Jew and non-Jew alike —  would learn to share and find richness in each other’s diversity.

Recent Productions:
DAI (Enough) by Iris Bahr (2016)
Aunt Raini by Tom Smith (2016)
The Magic Dreidels by Jenna Zark (2016)

PO Box 16155
St. Paul, MN 55116



The New Jewish Theatre

Artistic Director: Kathleen Sitzer
History and Mission: The New Jewish Theatre is dedicated to the exploration of universal themes and issues and the examination of the full range of the human experience filtered through the lens of the Jewish experience. Through the medium of theatre, we build bridges of multi-cultural understanding, tolerance, communication and education.

Recent Productions:
Golda’s Balcony by William Gibson (2016)
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry (2016)
Intimate Appareled by Lynn Nottage (2016)

2 Millstone Campus Drive
Creve Coeur, MO 63146



Jewish Theater of New York

Artistic Director: Tuvia Tenenbom
History and Mission: The artists of The Jewish Theater of New York, one of the most open-minded Jewish cultural institutions of our time, define Judaism as a philosophy that cherishes the question and despises the answer. It's their understanding that what makes Judaism survive the test of time is the fact that after thousands of "debating years" Jews have not yet figured out the answers to any of their questions. This never-satisfied thirst for perpetual questioning also drives the 'engine' of their theater. Knowing that (to paraphrase the Bible) "On the day you see me you shall die," they are here to produce theatrical works that defy easy answers. They do their utmost, in every production they mount, to promote equal sympathy for opposing characters, and to present all sides of the issue equally. Routinely they leave it for their audiences to decide who's in the right and who's in the wrong; who's saint and who's villain; and, many a time, who anyone really is... The JTNY provides opportunities for artists of every ethnicity, background and belief to work together and be one very proud family.

Recent Productions:
Because We Can by Tuvia Tenenbom (2016)
Alone Among the Jews by Tuvia Tenenbom (2014)
I Sleep in Hitler’s Room by by Tuvia Tenenbom (2013)

Note: This theater seems to exist exclusively to produce the works of right wing gadfly Tuvia Tenenbom.


National Yiddish Theater

Artistic Director: Zalmen Mlotek
History and Mission: The Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene [NYTF] is the longest continuously producing Yiddish theatre company in the world. The company presents plays, musicals, concerts, lectures, interactive educational workshops and community-building activities in English and Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles accompanying performances. NYTF serves a versatile audience of over 50,000 individuals annually, comprised of performing arts patrons, cultural enthusiasts, Yiddish-language aficionados and the general public, while also using the arts as a vehicle to educate youth and adults about Jewish heritage. The NYTF outreach program takes events around the region, nation and world, bringing programming annually to over 15,000 individuals.

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s mission is to celebrate the Yiddish experience through the performing arts by transmitting the rich cultural legacy in exciting new ways that bridge social and cultural divides.

Recent Productions:
The Golden Bride by Joseph Rumshinsky (2016)

Edmond J. Safra Plaza,
36 Battery Place, NY, NY 10280


24/6 Jewish Theater Company

Artistic Director: Yoni Oppenheim and Avi Soroka
History and Mission: 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company was founded five years ago as a home for Sabbath-observant artists in New York. Since then, 24/6 has shown its commitment to cultivating innovative theater grounded in a rigorous engagement with Jewish tradition reinforcing our belief that the performing arts play a critical role in the vitality of American Jewish life.

Recent Productions:
Hand to God by Robert Askins (2015)
A Dybbuk for Two People by Bruce Myers (2014)



JCC Center Stage

Artistic Director: Ralph Meranto
History and Mission: CenterStage began in 1977 as the volunteer theatre company at the Rochester Jewish Community Center. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Ralph Meranto since 2005, CenterStage is now a professional theatre utilizing the finest local actors, directors, and designers to present a 5-show subscription series of plays and musicals.

Recent Productions:
Church and State by Jason Odell Williams (2016)
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (2016)
Calamari Sisters Kosher Clam Bake (2016)

1200 Edgewood Ave
Rochester, NY


Jewish Repertory Theater

Artistic Director: Dr. Saul Elkin
History and Mission: The Jewish Repertory Theatre is a program of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. Founded in 2002, the JRT is a professional theatre whose mission is to present high quality plays grounded in Jewish life, themes, and values. Through our productions, audiences of diverse beliefs and backgrounds explore both the uniqueness of Jewish heritage and cultural experiences, as well as those that are shared with others. Drama illuminates the human condition, and the JRT strives to bring this into focus through the lens of Jewish theatre. The Jewish Repertory Theatre is theatre for everyone.

Recent Productions:
4000 Miles by Amy Herzog (2016)
The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog (2016)
After the Revolution by Amy Herzog (2017)

2640 North Forest Rd,
Getzville, NY 14068


Jewish Plays Project

Founder: David Winitsky  
History and Mission: The Jewish Plays Project puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. The JPP’s innovative and competitive development vehicle invests emerging artists in their Jewish identity; engages Jewish communities in the vetting, selecting and championing of new voices; and secures mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays.

A revolution is underway in Jewish culture. In music, in books, in film, artists are creating amazing new pathways to Jewish identity. We believe that it is time for theater to join the movement.

Recent Productions:
Coproduced the Festival of New Jewish Theater (2016)



New Worlds Theater Project

Founder and Artistic Director: Ellen Perecman
History and Mission: Founded in 2005, New Worlds Theatre Project is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit theatre company committed to giving voice to -- and celebrating -- the legacy of early 20th Century Yiddish culture by making Yiddish plays accessible and exciting to diverse contemporary artists and audiences in English.  Our mission is to identify neglected Yiddish plays with literary and artistic merit, translate them into English, craft adaptations that explore them through a contemporary lens and then mount productions that meet the highest standards of artistic excellence.  Our goals are to demonstrate to the theatre community how well these plays have stood the test of time and see the plays performed in local languages across the globe.

Recent Productions:
Professor Brenner by David Pinsky (2015)
On the Other Side of the River by Peretz Hirschbein (2014)
Carcass by Peretz Hirschbein (2013)

670 W End Ave, Ste 16A
New York, NY



Interplay Jewish Theatre

Artistic Director: Faye Sholiton
History and Mission: INTERPLAY JEWISH THEATRE, founded in 2011 by Cleveland playwright Faye Sholiton, produces free staged readings of outstanding plays that view the contemporary world through a Jewish lens.

INTERPLAY is a community-generated effort to revive a century-old tradition, but with a contemporary flavor. Our professional actors and directors bring to life some of the most compelling drama – and raucous comedy – written by today's most gifted writers.

INTERPLAY runs entirely on donations. Patrons are invited to drop cash or checks in our fishbowl to “play it forward” and cover the cost of the next reading.

Recent Productions:
U.S. v Howard Mechanic by Faye Sholiton (2016)
Oh Godby Anat Gov (2016)
A Happy End by Iddo Netanyahu (2015)




Jewish Theatre Collaborative

Artistic Director: Sacha Reich
History and Mission: Founded by Sacha Reich in 2008, Jewish Theatre Collaborative's unique strengths as an arts organization have been in creating adaptations, collaborating with community partners, gathering community and catalyzing conversations. At the same time, and as a result of all these strengths, JTC has created high-quality, memorable theatre, produced with and performed by professional Portland theatre artists.

Recent Productions:
Davita’s Harp by Chaim Potok (2016)
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander (2015)
A Pigeon & A Boy by Meir Shalev (2014)




Theatre Ariel

Artistic Director: Deborah Baer Mozes
History and Mission: Theatre Ariel is Pennsylvania’s oldest professional theater dedicated to illuminating the rich social, cultural, and spiritual heritage of the Jewish people. Theatre Ariel produces and commissions work that serves as a prism through which we can view the varied colors of the American Jewish experience. Our writers create theater that draws its inspiration from ancient stories, bringing contemporary insight to classic Jewish texts and Jewish literature: reflecting on the past, examining the present and envisioning the future. Theatre Ariel believes that Jewish theater strengthens Jewish identity while also serving as a bridge between people of all cultures.

Recent Productions:
The Blessings of a Broken Heart by Sherri Mandell (2016)
Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson (2016)




Theater J

Artistic Director: Adam Immerwahr
History and Mission: Theater J produces thought-provoking, publicly engaged, personal, passionate and entertaining plays and musicals that celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part of the Jewish cultural legacy. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s premier playwrights’ theaters, Theater J presents daring contemporary work alongside spirited revivals and is a nurturing home for the development and production of new work by major writers and emerging artists exploring many of the pressing moral and political issues of our time.

Recent Productions:
The Last Schwartz by Deborah Zoe Laufer (2016)
The Christians by Lucas Hnath (2016)
Oy Vey in a Manger by The Kinsey Sicks (2016)

Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater
Washington DC Community Center
1529 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036