aaron henne – artistic director
flori schutzer – producing director
julie lockhart – marketing and communications director
rachel leah cohen – education director
theatre dybbuk develops all of its projects through a process which takes from one to three years per show. These productions incorporate lyrical language, stylized movement and visceral metaphors to create expressionistic, singularly theatrical experiences.
theatre dybbuk was founded in 2011. The company’s inaugural production, cave…a dance for lilith (co-produced with LA Contemporary Dance Company), opened on November 9, 2012 at Diavolo in The Brewery Art Colony.
Since its beginnings with cave, theatre dybbuk has created and performed an additional six original, full-length theatrical pieces, as well as two original short pieces, and numerous staged readings and community events.
Additionally, theatre dybbuk has become a prominent provider of arts-based leadership training, community engagement events, and Jewish educational programs to non-profits, community organizations, synagogues, Hillel chapters, and schools in the Los Angeles area and throughout North America.
cave…a dance for lilith
premiered november 2012 in downtown los angeles. Co-Production with L.A. Contemporary Dance Company.
cave… is an exciting collision of theatre, dance and music that explores the humanity behind the myth of one of the most infamous demon goddesses of Jewish folklore. This dance theatre production travels through time and space as Lilith and her nemesis/lover cycle through endless attempts to connect with and dominate one another.
assemble: modern spin | ancient celebration
premiered on October 4, 2015 in Encinitas, California. Conceived by the Center for Jewish Culture and Leichtag Foundation, and created by theatre dybbuk.
premiered with performances throughout Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. This groundbreaking performance was presented in partnership with Temple Israel of Hollywood, where it had its world premiere on June 18, 2016, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA Hillel, and Grand Park/The Music Center.
“exagoge” is the first recorded Jewish play, thought to have been written in Alexandria and which tells the biblical Exodus narrative in the style of a Greek tragedy.
premiered at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) on February 24 & 25, 2018 and toured to arts and cultural venues around the Los Angeles area throughout that winter and spring. The Los Angeles tour included sold out performances at The Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA on March 10 and at Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena on March 29, and performances at Temple Israel of Hollywood on April 7 & 8, 2018.
hell prepared: a ritual exorcism inspired by kabbalistic principles, performed within a dominant cultural contex
premiered on August 26, 2019 at The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, CA.