JCC CenterStage

JCC CenterStage
1200 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
Ralph Meranto
Ralph Meranto
CenterStage Theatre Artistic Director
Director of Arts and Culture
Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center
(585) 461-2000 ext 235

Under Artistic Director/producer Ralph Meranto, CenterStage produces a 6-show season of plays, musicals, and other events with a focus on new work development and presenting world/regional premieres. Development works including World Premiere productions of Jason Odell Williams’ Church & State (Off Broadway New World Stages/OBA Nominee for Best New Play), Kasha Davis’ There’s Always Time for a Cocktail (Off-Broadway Premiere Beechman Theater), Wendy Kout’s Survivors and Naked in Encino and Hank Kimmel’s Welcome to the Neighborhood as well as early development productions of Jason Odell Williams’ Handle with Care,
David Hein/Irene Sankoff’s My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Deb Margolin’s Imagining Madoff and Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Schwartz.

OUR MISSION: “CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center exists to entertain, enlighten and educate the Greater Rochester community by providing quality theatre that is relevant to the Jewish experience and has universal appeal.”

Current season information can be found at

COMING UP at CenterStage…

  • Ed Asner in: God help Us! A Politcal Comedy
  • Division Street, A World Premiere Play
  • Raging Skillet, A (sort of) True Comedy
  • The Hitmakers, Birth of Classic Rock
  • Sweat, Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Mamma Mia!

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