Monthly Webinars

SEPTEMBER 2020 – Jewish Theatre – Looking Back, Going Forward

Who – Baron Kelly is an internationally recognized critic, historian, practitioner, and scholar.
Michael Posnick is a Theatre Director, who has had dramas and musical productions produced at The Manhattan Theatre Club, Yale Rep, Carnegie Hall, and the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.
Ellen Schiff is the author of the seminal work “From Stereotype to Metaphor: The Jew In Contemporary Drama”.
Bob Skloot is the author and editor of many books and essays including the ground-breaking two-volume “The Theatre of the Holocaust” (1981, 1999).
David Y. Chack (moderator) is the Producing Artistic Director of ShPIeL – Performing Identity in Chicago and Louisville.

When – Thursday, September 24 at 8pm – 9:30pm Eastern Time (5pm – 6:30pm Pacific Time, 6pm – 7:30pm Mountain Time, 7pm – 8:30pm Central Time)

How – via Zoom, email for the link
Tickets – Free for AJT Members, $18 for Non-Members
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Renowned maestro and president of Bard College, Leon Botstein said several years ago, “I think what has happened in the U.S. is the normalization of the Jew. They’ve become as complacent and culturally undistinguished as the average, suburban, white middle-class American.

So how is Jewish Theatre able to meet that challenge of “normalization” in light of today’s shifting understandings of race, ethnic diversity, transculturalism, and new forms of religious life? What performances from the past and present can we use to inspire us? This webinar will look back to go forward, in order to project what the future of Jewish Theatre has in store.

AUGUST 2020 – Ethiopian Jews, Their History and Life with Naftali Aklum 

Recording – Free for AJT Members, $20 for Non-Members
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What – AJT’s August 2020 Webinar on Ethiopian Jews, Their History and Life with Naftali Aklum
WhoNaftali Aklum, Head of Yerus Tours and Lectures on Ethiopian Jews and Danielle Levsky, Writer, Clown, Visual Designer, AJT’s Social Media Manager
WhenSunday, August 23 at 1:30pm – 3pm Eastern Time (10:30am – 12pm Pacific Time, 11:30am – 1pm Mountain Time, 12:30pm – 2pm Central Time, 8:30pm – 10pm Israel Time)
How – via Zoom, email for the link
Tickets – Free for AJT Members, $20 for Non-Members
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In this webinar, story-teller Naftali Aklum will give a personalized account of the dramatic exodus of Ethiopian Jews from Ethiopia to Israel, fleshing out the unknown details of this amazing adventure.  Naftali will also show that the story does not end there, as most Israelis and Diaspora Jewry remain unaware of the difficulties and challenges currently encountered by Ethiopian Jews as they still try to gain traction in the Isreali mainstream, including within cultural arts institutions. Today as a member of the Ethiopian Israeli community in Beersheba, Naftali has developed a captivating educational experience that focuses on the history, culture and traditions of Ethiopian Jewry. Danielle Levsky, will join Naftali to ask questions about how to theatricalize his story and the story of his people. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage further with Naftali’s narrative.

JULY 2020 – AJT Playwrights Panel: Writing during Covid-19 Webinar

When: Sunday, July 12, 12pm – 1:15pm Central Time (starting at 10am Pacific Time, 1pm Eastern Time)
How: via Zoom, email for the link
Tickets: Free for AJT Members, $20 for Non-Members
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Host/Panelist: Jacqueline Goldfinger (she/they) is a Philadelphia-based playwright and librettist. She won the Yale Drama Prize, and her work has been produced around the world. Panelists:
Emma Goldman-Sherman (she/her), a NYC activist playwright, works to offer healing and agency to audiences.
Yehudah Jai Husband (he/him) is an NAACP Award-Winning Animation Producer/Director based in Louisville, Kentucky.
Wendy Kout (she/her) is an award-winning writer/producer of stage, screen, and television, and a producer of progressive issue fundraisers across the country. Based in Santa Barbara, CA.
Anike Tourse (he/hers) is a multimedia maker with accomplishments both in front of, and behind the scenes. She’s performed several solo shows across the U.S. and Edinburgh Fringe.
Jason Odell Williams (he/him) is an award-winning playwright & Emmy-nominated TV producer in New York City.

Join six leading AJT playwrights from around the U.S. for a discussion about the challenges and opportunities playwrights experience during this unique time. Hear how writers are responding to the pandemic and protests, how it is changing their view of process and voices in the room, and how they envision moving forward once theaters re-open. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

MAY 2020 – AJT Artistic Director Panel: Programming during Covid-19 Webinar

Recording – Free for AJT Members, $20 for Non-Members
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Who – Host/Panelist: Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director of CenterStage Theatre, Rochester, NY
Panelists – Adam Immerwahr, Artistic Director of Theater J, Washington D.C.
Ronda Spinak, Artistic Director of Jewish Women’s Theatre & The Braid, Los Angeles, CA
Barbara Brooks, Founder & Producing Artistic Director of Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, St. Paul, Minnesota
When – Sunday, May 10, 12pm – 1:15pm Central Time (starting at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific)

Join four leading AJT Artistic Directors from around the U.S. for a chat about the challenges and opportunities of running a theatre during a global pandemic. Learn how our panelists are handling the crisis and what the future may look like for Jewish theatres. An open discussion and Q&A period will follow the presentations.


APRIL 2020 – Magical Dialogue Playwriting Workshop 

What – Magical Dialogue Playwriting Workshop Webinar
Who – Emma Goldman-Sherman, Playwright and Founder of 29th Street Playwrights Collective
When – Sunday, April 12, 12:45pm – 3pm Central Time

The goal of Emma’s webinar is to help playwright participants understand how to use dialogue to forward the action in a scene. This webinar format came from Emma’s time teaching playwriting at the University of Iowa. She wanted to help her students understand how to use dialogue to forward the action in a scene, since the students hadn’t been trained as actors. Since teaching this to many people, Emma has found different ways to apply the exercise, and playwrights at various career stages enjoy using it. It’s also a great way to help playwrights tackle fear and judgment as it often arises in our work. 

Emma Goldman-Sherman’s work includes Counting in Sha’ab (Golden Thread; upcoming Duned in UNESCO Festival and podcast dir. Omar Metwally); Perfect Women (Jane Chambers Award, All Out Arts Inc.); Significant Circus (Manhattan Theatre Source); ZEN & the Art of Mourning a Mother (EST/LA as a one-act, finalist Bechdel Festival as a full-length); FUKT (finalist, Unicorn); WHORTICULTURE (finalist, Campfire Festival, shortlisted Unicorn and Owl & Cat); 3 time finalist for Risk is This at Cutting Ball with Why Birds Fly, WHORTICULTURE, and Abraham’s Daughters. MAN & WIFE is one of the most recommended full length comedies on the New Play Exchange (NPX).

MARCH 2020 –
Writing a Play from a Jewish Source 

What – Writing a Play from a Jewish Source Webinar
Who – Toby Klein Greenwald, Artistic Director of Raise Your Spirits Theatre, Israel
When – Sunday, March 22, 1pm – 2pm Eastern Time

The goal of Toby’s webinar is to examine the process of study, writing and directing that comprises the creation of a show written from a Jewish source. We will discuss how to choose from among different interpretations, read between the lnes, and understand the historical context. Ask yourself what story or personalities speak to you personally; about what do you feel passionate? Have questions? Would like to learn more? Let the message reveal itself to you, even if it is something different than what you imagined when you began. Dare to be inspirational.

Toby is an award-winning theater director, journalist and educator, who has co-authored or authored six original biblical musicals for Raise Your Spirits Theatre – on Esther, Noah, Ruth, Deborah, the daughters of Tzelofchad, and Rebecca. They have been performed in  Israel (Rebecca soming soon) and several of them have been licensed for performance in the United States, Canada and India.

JANUARY 2020 – Tax Law Webinar

What – Tax Law Webinar
Who – Charles Grippo, Attorney and Theatre Producer
When – Monday, January 27, 7pm – 8:30pm, Central Time

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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