Thursday, October 21, 2010

AJT Conference Seeking Artistic Directors/Producers

The Association for Jewish Theatre will hold its convention in Chicago on November 12-14, 2010. Joining AJT as co-hosts are Piven Theatre Workshop, Lookingglass, and Northwestern University’s Jewish Theatre Ensemble. For three days, participants from theatres throughout the United States will explore and celebrate Jewish theatre through discussions, workshops, performances and social events.

The conference is seeking Artistic Directors/Producers to take part in a special directors-playwrights-producers speed-smooze at Lookingglass on Friday, November 12 at 1:15 p.m. Participants will have a chance to meet AJT-member playwrights from across the country. The speed-smooze format will introduce participants to many playwrights quickly and will include information to follow up with those writers of interest to you.

Although all AJT playwrights have a connection to Jewish theatre, their individual scripts cover diverse topics and appeal to diverse audiences. Most of these playwrights have had previous productions in a variety of venues. The only requirement is a passion for new work.

If you choose to participate, the conference will distribute your resume and/or artistic statement to the producers, directors and theatre representatives attending the conference in order to foster creative partnerships. Participants in the director-playwright-producer exchange would also receive complimentary tickets to “ShPIel” – a showcase of solo performances, short scenes and non-traditional theatre – at the Center on Halsted on Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m., as well as to the AJT conference closing reception after the performance. This will be an opportunity to meet the wide range of theatre professionals from across the United States attending the conference.

More information on the Association for Jewish Theatre is available on To sign up for the speed-smooze session, or if you have questions, please contact

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