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Welcome to Jewish Theatre

Founded in 1992, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is dedicated to presenting quality theatrical productions with Jewish themes that are universal in appeal. In doing so, we hope to enrich the Jewish experience in West Michigan, and inform, educate, and engage both the Jewish and non-Jewish community. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy Jewish Theatre! It's live theatre to learn, love and laugh with!

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It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of Len Robinson, former President and Artistic Director of Jewish Theatre. He was a wonderful human and will be so badly missed by us all. Use this link if you would like to make a DONATION to JTGR in his memory.

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JTGR's reflections on recent events:

“You cannot stand idly by while your neighbor is bleeding.”

Those words, a reference to Torah, were what our past president Len Robinson wanted to share with you.

Our country and the world have faced so much tragedy and loss this year. The global pandemic challenged our physical health, our economic stability, and separated us from our loved ones. Life changed in ways most of us have never before experienced.

On top of the grief and fear we were already feeling, the disproportionate loss of life among people of color during the pandemic; punctuated by the high-profile killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, have raised awareness of the injustices and inequities in our system that must be addressed.

There is a long history of Jews standing up for oppressed groups and fighting side by side with African Americans for civil rights, justice, and equality. We at Jewish Theatre stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of color in working towards raising awareness and creating a more just society.

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is dedicated to presenting quality theatrical productions with Jewish themes that are universal in appeal. Some of these themes represent Jewish values and resonate stronger than ever today, such as welcoming the stranger, honoring all of humanity, and Tikkun Olam (to repair the world).

Our main vehicle, the stage, is currently dark due to the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped thinking about how we strive to entertain, engage, and enrich people of all faiths. We like to say you don’t have to be Jewish to love Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids, and today we add you don’t have to be Jewish to join us in honoring human dignity, loving peace, striving for social justice and equality, and working at Tikkun Olam. Let us all unite to stop our neighbor’s bleeding, now and forever.


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Our Next Production

Twilightgolds Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have canceled this show.
2021 Season is currently on hold. Shows are selected, but venues and dates are in flux.



Season ticket holders, students, and other discounts should call the Box Office directly to make reservations.

Box Office: 616-234-3946

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Three Great Shows in 2019-20!

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Ticket/Show Information

1Productions are held at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College.

2Most JTGR productions run on Thursdays and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Due to the smaller venue of the Black Box Theatre at Spectrum Theatre, the first production has 2 additional performances at 8 p.m. on the Wednesdays during the run.

Ticktets Prices
General admission: $28
Senior Citizens (62+): $25
Student: $10 with ID
Final Dress Rehearsal (Call for Details): $5
Group Rates available (10 or more people, advance tickets only)

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Audition Info

All auditions are held at Spectrum Theatre, 160 Fountain St. NE on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College; Sunday audition at 2 p.m., Monday night at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Be sure to check the Auditions page for exact times and locations.

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History

Past Productions

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Get Involved

1We welcome volunteers. Each production requires many hands to become reality. If you would like to join our Mishpacha (family), use the Volunteer page to let us know! Whether it is ushering, helping with refreshments, distributing publicity or assisting backstage, every volunteer counts!

2If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive information about our productions, use the contact page to provide us with your mailing information.

Testimonials

  • "Local theater at its best. Truly Grand Rapids' hidden gem"

    -- Amber Brandt    April 10, 2016
  • "We saw "For This Moment Alone" last night. What an outstanding production; very thoughtful with richly dimensional characters fully portrayed. Freddie's eyes are a story unto themselves. Special kudos to Christian Poquette whose set design is almost a replica of my Bubbie's home from when I was a kid growing up in Toronto in the early '50s."

    -- Dave Kagan    April 2016
  • "I found "For This Moment Alone" very poignant with tension-relieving humor and a thoughtful ending."

    -- Celeste Gerke    April 2016
  • "Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents a variety of quality productions with enduring messages, excellent staging, acting and directing. (Seldom is there a miss in the years I have attended.) Certainly at least on a par with the best in town, even some with better budgets and bigger hype. The "The Whipping Man" was one of the most emotionally charged plays I've ever seen. Thankfully there were talkbacks after the performances to vent some of the strong feelings the play brought to the surface. Jewish Theatre is the only ethnic theatre addressing universal themes in a Jewish context. See for yourself soon."

    -- Bruce Roller    January 2, 1014
  • ""A Happy End" - It was a good performance last night! Very timely. We always enjoy JTGR performances. You bring some thought-provoking performances to town."

    -- Eric Soya    September 2017

Latest News

  • 2018 Grand Awards Announced

    Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is thrilled to announce FIVE Grand Award WINS for 2018! Mazel Tov to:

    • Michelle Urbane, won for Outstanding Direction of a Play for "Torch Song Trilogy," by Harvey Fierstein.
    • "Torch Song Trilogy," by Harvey Fierstein for Outsanding Play.
    • Shane German as Arnold Beckoff in "Torch Song Trilogy," by Harvey Fierstein, won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play.
    • Isaac Thorenson as David in "Torch Song Trilogy," by Harvey Fierstein, won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play.
    • Bernice Houseward as Mrs. Beckoff in "Torch Song Trilogy," by Harvey Fierstein, won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play.
    Congratulations also to "Olive and the Bitter Herbs" cast members Lori Jacobs as Olive and Shavonne T. Coleman as Wendy for their Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a play nominations.

    Updated: 10.22.2018