Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids
About Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids:
Our 2012-13 season is a "Laughing Matter!" We are celebrating our 20th anniversary with a line-up of all comedies. Please plan to join us!
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.
Mazel Tov to Michael Smolinski on his 2012 Grand Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for his role in JTGR's production of 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.
JTGR productions 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 Theatre Group.