Boston...and Beyond

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Hank Kimmel, President of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre

Dear Friends,

For me an AJT conference, is like going to sleep-away camp – where memories and fellowship are even more exciting than "bunking it" away from home. So connecting with many new and long-time friends/colleagues, I once again found inspiration...and I came away with these as my main thoughts:

  • "What is Jewish Theatre?” leads us to confront "Why Jewish Theatre?" and “How?"

  • We should THINK BIG, going beyond our past successes – as Interplay Theatre (Cleveland), CenterStage Theatre (Rochester), Jewish Women's Theatre (Los Angeles), and others in our Alliance exemplify.

  • The AJT Theatremachers fellowship program sponsored by the Covenant Foundation is already rejuvenating Jewish theatre artistically and professionally. We love your energy!

NOW more than ever, a priority for AJT is to be sustainable programmatically and financially. As Board President, I am committed to making that happen. I ask you to join with me to fulfill that aim so we can continue to Connect Jewish Theatre to the World. Here is a donations link and I strongly encourage your participation.

Feel free to contact me or David Chack at any time – on any aspect about AJT. You are the ones who will make us strong. And let us go from "strength to strength" as we move forward in our unique, creative, and important community.



Click to read Hank's letter on our website

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From David Y. Chack, Executive Director of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre

You came, you spoke, you listened, you learned! And now you’re back to your busy lives, creating, developing, working, networking, starting, finishing, re-working, and so much more.

Hopefully, you took something back home with you from our AJT conference that is making all of what you do more inspiring. Here’s what some of you have shared with us. If you haven’t shared, there’s still time. Please send your Boston AJT conference takeaways, highlights or memorable moments to me so that they can be shared with theatre makers everywhere.

Here is what some of you wrote or said about the conference:

"I came away from the conference with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the beauty, complexity and wisdom embedded within the Jewish religion and culture. The panels were incredibly educational and informative, while the performances encompassed a fascinatingly diverse set of Jewish perspectives."

Click to read all of David's letter on our website

Thanks to all our Playwrights and Solo Performers who brought their talents to our Showcase, Tuesday, October, 24, at the beautiful Central Square Theatre

2017 Theatremachers (funded in part by the Covenant Foundation)

Julie Hammond

E. James Krim

Joshua Luckens

Amy Oestricher

Abi Oshins

Arianna Soloway

Danielle Wirsansky

Alliance for Jewish Theatre Executive Board

Hank Kimmel – President

Doug Brook – Vice President and Website Master

Aaron Henne – Vice President

Ralph Meranto – Vice President

Yoni Oppenheim – Treasurer

Jordana Halpern – Secretary

David Chack – Past President and Executive Director

We want to congratulate Ralph Meranto for moving up to a Vice President position

We want to thank all the Alliance Board Members who have served this year and finished their term

Barbara Brooks
Sara Brookner
Joanna Caplan
Noemi Schlosser
Kathleen Sitzer

We want to welcome new Board Members-at-Large for a one year term

Jesse Garlick

Roy Horovitz

Wendy Kout

Becky Price

Ex Officio

Theodore Bikel "In memoriam"

Mira Hirsch

Ellen Schiff

Robert Skloot

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