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Lunch and Learn: American Jewish Theatre

  • Gratz College 7605 Old York Road Melrose Park, PA, 19027 United States (map)

Theater is a mirror—revealing, exposing and drawing us in for a closer look at who we are. What is Jewish theater? What makes a play Jewish? What is the American Jewish theater? What does American Jewish theater say about our lives? In this hands-on interactive class, we will discover the answers to these questions through reading and discussing short works by contemporary American Jewish playwrights.

Speaker: Deborah Baer Mozes is the Artistic Director of Theatre Ariel. Since the company’s inception, she has given life to 79 new plays, including the development of the first Jewish ten-minute play festivals and museum theater productions for the National Museum of American Jewish History. She served as Literary Manager for the Walnut Street Theatre and directed their acclaimed Independence Studio productions of Waiting for the Parade, With Albert Einstein, and T Bone ‘N Weasel. Internationally, Deborah worked in Canadian regional theater and television; In Israel, she has directed and taught in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Arad. She is co-editor with Julianne Bernstein of VOICES FROM ARIEL: Ten-minute plays exploring the Jewish experience (Dramatic Publishing). Deborah served as Director of Culture for the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region. Deborah directs the drama program at Kohelet Yeshiva High School.