AJT January Newsletter

This Issue: 2020 Conference, Tax Law Webinar, Member Doings

Our 2020 Conference Official Announcement

AJT's 2020 Conference will be
Sunday, October 25 - Tuesday, October 27
in Washington D.C.
hosted by Theater J

"I am thrilled to officially announce that the 2020 Alliance for Jewish Theatre Conference will be held in Washington D.C. We are in an exciting time when political discourse affects many aspects of our personal and public lives. Many things stand to change and it's exhilarating to see new possibilities on the horizon in the theatre. Our upcoming conference will take place less than two weeks prior to the next presidential election, placing attendees in the epicenter of American politics. It's an opportunity for us as makers of Jewish Theatre to reflect on how we can lead our world."
– Jeremy Aluma, Executive Director, Alliance for Jewish Theatre

Artistic Director lunch at AJT's 2019 Conference in Chicago

Tax Law (Monthly Webinar)

One of the new initiatives for 2020 is a Monthly Webinar series we are putting together. Be a part of our first one!


What - Tax Law Webinar

Who - Charles Grippo, Attorney and Theatre Producer

When - Monday, January 27, 8pm - 9:30pm, Eastern Time

How - via Zoom Video and Audio Conferencing

Tickets - Free for AJT Members, $20 for Non-Members

RSVP and More Info - email jeremy@alljewishtheatre.org

Did you know that the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) opened up exciting new opportunities for non profit theater companies to raise money? Although TCJA upended the previous tax laws for charitable deductions, it created an array of techniques which actually encourage taxpayers to be even more generous than before in their support of their favorite non-profit charities. In this Tax Law Webinar Charles Grippo will show how your theater company can take advantage of the provisions in TCJA to substantially expand your efforts among your current donors and to open up new sources of funding. He will demonstrate how, properly used, TCJA can be a win for your donors, your theater company, and the community you serve.

Charles Grippo is an entertainment lawyer, commercially produced playwright, and the president of New Lincoln Theatre, Inc., and Grippo Stage Company, a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to use theater to fight bigotry and hate, especially anti-Semitism. He is the author of The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide, Second Edition, and Business and Legal Forms for Theater, Second Edition. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Author's Guild, and the International Federation of Journalists. Mr. Grippo is a Board Member at Large of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre.

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Playwright Affinity Lunch at 2019 Conference in Chicago

What Our Members Are Up To

Washington D.C.: Theater J, Sheltered by Alix Sobler, directed by Adam Immerwahr, January 9 — February 2, 2020

St. Louis, Missouri: The New Jewish Theatre, My Name is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok, directed by Aaron Sparks, January 23 – February 9, 2020

Los Angeles, California: Jewish Women’s Theatre, Mapping of the Mind, January 19 – 30, 2019

Washington D.C.: Mosaic Theater Company, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World by Yussef El Guindi, directed by Shirley Serotsky, January 16 – February 16, 2020

Louisville, Kentucky: ShPIeL-Performing Identity, Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht and Tony Kushner, directed by David Y. Chack

Participate in the National Jewish Theater Foundation's Holocaust Theater International Initiative in the 6th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Readings

Launched in 2015 by NJTF HTII, Remembrance Play Readings is an annual event that occurs on various Holocaust commemorative days using readings or full performances of plays to honor the victims of the Holocaust, its remembrance and contemporary lessons.

Participants select their own play from the NJTF HTII Holocaust Theater Catalog to enhance International Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom Ha Shoah – (Holocaust Remembrance Day) or Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). Readings often followed by panel discussions with Q&A.