Boston Conference Takeaways

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.
  • The workshop I attended was so useful and meaningful.
  • Loved the performers Jeannine Frank brought.
  • Moshe Waldoks’ contribution, as the expert on Jewish humor, was unparalleled.
  • The Alliance has such a strong creative mission and vision, and it was truly an honor to witness that firsthand, and also contribute to it. I participated in workshops on collaborating across multiple disciplines to bring a vision to full fruition, I listened to panel discussions and roundtables on how to bring these artistic fruits into society and get this work produced, I engaged in revelatory and thought-provoking conversations with colleagues who attended, and I had the opportunity to perform and receive feedback on a script I’m developing.
  • Michael Posnick’s speech honoring Robert Brustein.
  • Andy White and his interactive keynote was brilliant.
  • Personal connections and networking.
  • As I told Alliance, you can’t really understand what a community AJT is until you get to meet the loyal and passionate members in person – so I’m more grateful than you’ll ever know for this. And I really hope to be more and more involved with AJT in the years to come. Thank you for making this all possible. It was an experience I’ll take with me for the rest of my personal and professional life.

Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO, Americans for the Arts said, “Understanding and acknowledging the incredible economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture, we must always remember their fundamental value. They foster beauty, creative, originality, and vitality. The arts inspire us, sooth us, provoke us, involve us and connect us.”

Please consider helping AJT continue to support artists with resources, conferences, and bringing theatre makers together all year round. Your donation is tax deductible and will be acknowledged.

On a more personal note, we extend our wishes and prayer for a speedy and full recovery to Amy Oestricher, performer of her solo piece “Gutless and Grateful.” Since our conference, after being hit by a car, she has been recovering in the hospital, but expects a quick recover — the feisty Alliance Theatremacher that she is!

Warmly yours,