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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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We are so excited to be able to present a full, live season after the disruption of last year. It has been a time of innovation for us which we hope will have a lasting positive effect for Jewish Theatre going forward. We are so grateful that we could partner with Temple Emanuel for the outdoor live show, New Jerusalem, and Wealthy Theatre for our two virtual shows Kunstler and Buyer & Cellar

These projects gave us the confidence to do more "out-of-the-box" type performances in the future. The potential to reach audiences beyond West Michigan with Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids’ energy and talent is very tantalizing. Thanks to the prodding of the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, we were also able to offer two of our past shows for free on YouTube. We hope do do more of that in the future. But for now, it is back to basics with three excellent plays presented at GRCC's Spectrum Theater. 

One thing that is new this season is a new ticketing system. With the Ludus.com platform, you will be able to order Season Flex Passes and select your seats well in advance online. The standard box office arrangement will still be available for those that are more comfortable with that method. 

This season, we are offering three shows designed to appeal to a diverse audience. Our first show in December is a delightful family show called Coney Island Christmas. It is about a young Jewish girl in the depression who is asked to play Jesus in her school’s holiday play. If you know of any aspiring actors in the 10-15 year-old range, encourage them to tryout. 

In February, we will pivot to a more adult drama with Dov & Ali. This show was originally slated for last season but a global pandemic got in the way. The drama depicts a Muslim high-schooler confronting his orthodox Jewish teacher and the life changing events that follow. 

Our May show is one of America's most celebrated playwright's best comedies, Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues. This semi-autobiographical story recounts Simon's journey through army boot camp, first love, discrimination and fear. Thank you for your continued patronage of Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids. 

Tell your friends about us, become a sustaining member, volunteer behind or in front of the curtain, purchase in ad in our program book -- and above all, come see our plays. You will not be disappointed.

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Our Next Production

Coneyislandxmas

December 9, 11, 16, 18, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
December 12, 19, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

GRCC Spectrum Theatre
160 Fountain St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49505

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Box Office: 616-234-3946

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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 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Ticktets Prices
General admission: $28
Senior Citizens (65+): $25
Student: $10 with ID Group Rates available (6 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

  • In Memorian

    Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is sad to announce the recent passing of two giants of Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids: JTGR founder Donald Herman in 2019 and former Board President and Artistic Director, Len Robinson in 2020. May their memory be for a blessing. Use our donation page if you would like to make a donation in their memory.

    Updated: 10.12.2020
  • 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