Our Staff


Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is a volunteer organization. Actors, crew members, board members and most support staff all donate their time for the love of the organization and theatre. If you would like to join in on the fun please use the Contact or Volunteer page to let us know. There are many ways to help the organization out - publicity, grant writing, backstage, costumes, makeup, ushering, or even baking snacks for the cast and crew during rehearsal.

Our Staff

Mary Jo DeNolf - Executive Director / Administrator

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Board Members

2020-21 Board Members

  • President: Paul Arnold
  • Vice President: Kathy Van Wesep
  • Secretary: Diana Michael
  • Treasurer: Kathy Van Wesep

Board Members: Sheila Frank, Diane Hammerman, Michael L. Presant, Ian Reul, John Robinson, Danira Stanojevic, Judy Subar, Cathy Winick

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