Jews/Theatre/Performance in an Intercultural World

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

February 5, 2009, New York, NY

Where else but in New York City can you find every conceivable performance style, in venues ranging from the Broadway stage to the smallest black box theater, and a discerning global audience?

As the capital of the theater world, and with questions of interculturality especially relevant in our multicultural and globalized world, The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), located on upper Broadway in New York City, will play host to Jews/Theatre/Performance in an Intercultural World, a historic three-day conference that will focus on drama, theater, and performance that are of Jewish interest by virtue of their themes, authors, artists, or audiences.

The conference, which is open to the public at no charge, also seeks to chart and understand the intercultural ties between the theater that Jews create for themselves and the wider theatrical culture, as well as the impact of Jewish artists on the theatrical culture of the societies in which they live.

Jews/Theatre/Performance in an Intercultural World is being held February 22–24 at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City.

Convening the conference is Dr. Edna Nahshon, associate professor of Hebrew at JTS and a specialist in Jewish theater and performance; coconveners are Dr. Jeanette R. Malkin, senior lecturer in the Department of Theater Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; and Dr. Peter Marx, associate professor of Theater at the University of Berne, Switzerland.

Sixty scholars from Europe, Israel, and the United States will participate in sessions devoted to a wide range of subjects and performance modes, both experimental and canonic. A sampling of sessions include Bible as Theater, Musical Theater, the Yiddish Stage, Theater of Jewish Communities in and of Muslim Countries, Israeli Drama, the American Mainstream, Jews and the German Stage, Experimental Theater, Jews on East European Stages, and Theater and the Holocaust. The conference will also host a number of performances and screenings.

The conference is open to the public, which may attend all or part of the gathering. For a complete schedule of events, visit Admission is free; however, photo ID and reservations are required by calling (212) 678-8972 or by email.