AUDIO: Theater association’s new president discusses bright future of Jewish theater
There’s a newly elected president from Chicago…other than Barack Obama.
Chack—a faculty member from in Northwestern University’s Theatre and
Jewish Studies Department and a Chicago-based Jewish theater director
and culture critic—was named this fall to a two-year term as president
of the Association for Jewish Theatre (AJT). Chack was also recently
honored as a semifinalist for the 2008 Charles Bronfman Visiting Chair
in Innovative Jewish Communities, for his proposal “From ‘Fiddler on the
Roof’ to ‘Rent,’” addressing the question of changing the way the
Jewish community sees itself. The theater association, which will hold a
festival and a conference in May-June of 2009, is the nation’s largest
network of Jewish theaters, playwrights, producers, and performers, and
is dedicated to the enhancement of Jewish culture through theater.
Festival of Jewish Theatre and Ideas, sponsored by the Untitled Theatre
Company #61 and the Association for Jewish Theatre, will run May
20-June 14 in New York City. The festival will run in conjunction with
the Association for Jewish Theatre Conference June 6-10 in New York
For more information on the festival, the conference, and on the AJT, visit www.afjt.com.
November, JUF News Managing Editor Cindy Sher conducted a phone
interview with Chack to discuss his new presidency, the evolution of
Jewish theater, and the bright future for the medium.