Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids
About Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids:
Thank you to everyone who supported us for our
2012-13 season, celebrating our 20th anniversary with a line-up of all
comedies. It truly was a "Laughing Matter!" Whether by
making a donation, purchasing a season ticket, attending a performance, or
all three, we appreciate your support!
Please join us in early January 2014
for our second show of the season- "The Milliner," by Suzanne Glass.
Our 2013-14 season is "A Season of Survivors" and concludes
in March with "Driving Miss Daisy," by Alfred Uhry. Use the link below to
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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. It's live theatre to learn, love and laugh with!
We 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!
If 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.
Productions and Awards:
Over the years JTGR has presented acclaimed plays and musicals such as
Golda's Balcony, Denial, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The
Diary of Anne Frank, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Congratulations to Patrick Hendren
who was nominated for a 2013 Grand Award for his role
in JTGR's production of Rich Orloff's Oy! A Comedy with Chutzpah. The Grand Awards celebrates Grand Rapids area college and community theatres, and raises money for the Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund.
In 2012, Mike Smolinkski was nominated for a Grand Award for his role in My Name is Asher Lev. In 2009 JTGR productions received 5 Grand Award nominations: Outstanding Play,
Paul Dreher for Outstanding Director of a Play, Chris Grooms for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play, and Jillian Rea for Outstanding Supporting
Actress in a Play, all for Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Darla Wortley was honored with a
nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her role as Hegai in Esther, the Musical.
In 2008, JTGR productions received two Grand Award nominations: Lori
Jacobs for Best Actress in
Golda's Balcony, and Sammy Publes
as Best Actor in Scmulnik's Waltz.
Other Grand Award winning JTGR productions include
The Chosen, Chaim's Love Song, Denial, Lost in Yonkers, The Diary of Anne Frank,
The Fiddler's House, Conversations with My Father and
Remember by Name. Fiddler on the Roof, Door to Door, and
Social Security were honored with Grand Award nominations.
In 2006 and again in 2009, the company staged an original musical, Esther, The Musical,
written by local songwriter and playwright Lori Jacobs, which played to sold-out
houses and was also a Grand Award nominee in 2006.
are held at Spectrum Theater, 160
Fountain St. NE on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College. Spectrum Theatre
is also the home to GRCC Players, Actors' Theatre, and the Heritage