Jewish Theatre Ensemble

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About JTE

The Jewish Theatre Ensemble (JTE) was founded in 1995 by a group of five students who were intent on expanding the university's student-theatre community by producing plays and musicals involving Jewish themes. Since its first season, JTE has presented over fifty of these productions to students at Northwestern as well as members of the Evanston community. In addition to producing work by established playwrights, JTE is committed to the creation and development of new plays and in the past has sponsored a playwriting festival for aspiring writers at Northwestern. And you do not need to be Jewish to be involved!

Mission Statement

The Jewish Theatre Ensemble exists to provide the Northwestern community with high quality entertainment and exposure to Jewish involvement in the arts. The organization aspires to challenge common perceptions and generate conversation relating to issues that fall within the resonance of the Jewish experience through artistic media with particular relevance to the Northwestern community. JTE will be involved in the celebration and education of Jewish culture on campus. In order to do this, The Jewish Theatre Ensemble will operate at a level of artistic excellence as well as encourage and support creative endeavors that promote Jewish themes in the arts.

Current Season

2014-2015 Mainstage Shows

  • How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel
    October 16-18, 2014
    Shanley Pavilion
  • RENT
    February 5-7, 2015
    Norris Louis Room
  • All My Sons by Arthur Miller
    March 5-7, 2015
    Shanley Pavilion
  • Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck
    May 21-23, 2015
    Shanley Pavilion

Current Members

2014-2015 Executive Board

  • Artistic Director, Co-Chair: Dylan Pager
  • Business Manager: Russell Kahn
  • Design and Technical Supervisor: Brandon Nadig
  • Design and Technical Supervisor: Matt Kresch
  • Directing Chair: Aaron Simon Gross
  • Freshmen Board Rep: Max Beer
  • Freshmen Board Rep: Michael Herwitz
  • Member At-Large: Jack Eidson
  • Outreach Director: Lily Goldstein
  • Outreach Director, Co-Chair: Maddie Kriger
  • Production Supervisor: Bridget McNamara
  • Publicity Director: Emily Fishkin
  • Publicity Director: Weston Jacoby
  • Special Projects Chair: Jenna Levin
  • Special Projects Chair: Julie Busch
  • Stage Management Chair: Kelsey Spencer

2014-2015 Producers

  • Fall Shanley: Russell Kahn*
  • Winter Louis: Tristan Chiruvolu and Kate Leggett
  • Winter Shanley: Chris Paul*
  • Spring Shanley: Tess Musky-Goldwyn*

* Denotes that the producer has elected to serve as a full, voting member of the JTE Executive Board in the capacity of Producer for their given show.

2014-2015 Directors

  • Fall Shanley: Aurora Real de Asua
  • Winter Louis: Jessie Klueter
  • Winter Shanley: Ari Shapiro
  • Spring Shanley: Wes Humphrey

Past Seasons

2013-2014 Mainstage Shows

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Season Quote: "The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." -Anne Frank

  • God Of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
    October 17-19, 2013
    Shanley Pavilion
  • Next to Normal Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics and Book by Brian Yorkey
    February 6-8, 2014
    Norris Louis Room
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
    February 27-March 1, 2014
    Shanley Pavilion
  • Animals Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph
    May 1-3, 2014
    Shanley Pavilion

2012-2013 Mainstage Shows

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Season Quote: “We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are.” -Talmud

  • Where We're Born by Lucy Thurber
    October 25-27, 2012
    Shanley Pavilion
  • Company by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth
    February 7-9, 2013
    Norris Louis Room
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka; Adapted by Matt Moynihan
    February 28-March 2, 2013
    Shanley Pavilion
  • Romance by David Mamet
    May 2-4, 2013
    Shanley Pavilion

Special Projects

2011-2012 Mainstage Shows

Season Quote: "It is a strange thing that pain creates beauty and potential for healing." -Debbie Friedman

  • Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco
    October 27-29, 2011
    Shanley Pavilion
  • Falsettos by William Finn and James Lapine
    February 9-11, 2012
    Norris Louis Room
  • Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
    March 1-3, 2012
    Shanley Pavilion
  • The Labor of Life by Hanoch Levin
    May 3-5, 2012
    Shanley Pavilion

2010-2011 Mainstage Shows

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Special Projects

2009-2010 Mainstage Shows

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Season Quote: "All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." -Martin Buber

Special Projects

2008-2009 Mainstage Shows

Season Quote: "The purpose of freedom is to create it for others." -Bernard Malmud

2007-2008 Mainstage Shows

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For info on JTE seasons prior to 2007-2008, check out

Past Boards

2012-2013 Executive Board

  • Artistic Director: Michelle Rodgers
  • Business Manager: Dylan Pager
  • Production Supervisor: Jesse Rothschild
  • Co-Development Director: Gavi Keyles
  • Co-Development Director: Maddie Kriger
  • Co-Technical Director: JJ Marquis
  • Co-Technical Director: Jack Eidson
  • Special Projects: Frankie Allegra
  • Special Projects: Hillary Aarons
  • Publicity Director: Bridget McNamara
  • Directing Chair: Sean Buckley
  • Stage Management Chair: Andi Sturtevant
  • Freshman Board Representative: Aaron Simon Gross
  • Freshman Board Representative: Russell Kahn

2012-2013 Producers

  • Fall Shanley: JJ Marquis*
  • Winter Louis: Maddy Low* & Caley Beretta*
  • Winter Shanley: Bridget McNamara*
  • Spring Shanley: Jacob Trauberman*

* Denotes that the producer has elected to serve as a full, voting member of the JTE Executive Board in the capacity of Producer for their given show.

2012-2013 Directors

  • Fall Shanley: Nicole Silverberg
  • Winter Louis: Scott Wolf
  • Winter Shanley: Matt Moynihan
  • Spring Shanley: Phoebe Brooks
  • Rag and Bone: Brendan Flynn

2011-2012 Executive Board

  • Artistic Director: Jesse Rothschild
  • Business Manager: Gavi Keyles
  • Production Supervisor: Tori Bryan
  • Co-Development Director: Max Kelsten
  • Co-Development Director: Michelle Rodgers
  • Co-Technical Director: JJ Marquis
  • Co-Technical Director: Ray Rehberg
  • Special Projects: Leah Harris
  • Special Projects: Sam Jacobs
  • Co-Publicity Director: Walls Trimble
  • Co-Publicity Director: Kate Villa
  • Directing Chair: Caroline Siede
  • Stage Management Chair: Andi Sturtevant
  • Freshman Board Representative: Bridget McNamara
  • Freshman Board Representative: Dylan Pager

2011-2012 Producers

  • Fall Shanley: Matt Moynihan
  • Winter Louis: Max Kelsten*
  • Winter Shanley: Kate Villa*
  • Spring Shanley: Emily Acker*

* Denotes that the producer has elected to serve as a full, voting member of the JTE Executive Board in the capacity of Producer for their given show.

2011-2012 Directors

  • Fall Shanley: Samantha Beach
  • Winter Louis: Ned Baker
  • Winter Shanley: Scott Wolf
  • Spring Shanley: Natalie Houchins

2010-2011 Executive Board

  • Artistic Director: Max Kelsten
  • Business Manager: Walls Trimble
  • Production Supervisor: Caroline Siede
  • Co-Development Director: Justin Leider
  • Co-Development Director: Leah Harris
  • Co-Technical Director: Tori Bryan
  • Co-Technical Director: JJ Marquis
  • Special Projects: Chelsea Adams
  • Co-Publicity Director: Ilana Peña
  • Co-Publicity Director: Alex Lieberman
  • Directing Chair: Michael Holtzman
  • Stage Management Chair: Abby Lembersky
  • Freshman Board Representative: Gavi Keyles
  • Freshman Board Representative: Kate Villa

2010-2011 Producers

  • Fall Shanley: Jesse Rothschild*
  • Winter Louis: Tori Bryan* & Alex Lieberman*
  • Winter Shanley: Kelsey Melvin*
  • Spring Shanley: Sam Jacobs*
  • New Student Week: Bob Kalas

* Denotes that the producer has elected to serve as a full, voting member of the JTE Executive Board in the capacity of Producer for their given show.

2010-2011 Directors

  • Fall Shanley: Allison Finn
  • Winter Louis: Marissa Konstadt
  • Winter Shanley: Will Crouse
  • Spring Shanley: Michael Janak
  • The Last Five Years: Emily Maltby

2009-2010 Executive Board

  • Lindsay Hearn, Artistic Director
  • Kimberly Lewis, Business Manager
  • Douglas Hosking, Production Supervisor
  • Abraham Benson-Goldberg, Co-Development Director
  • Lori Fimoff, Co-Development Director
  • Tori Bryan, Co-Technical Director
  • Kara Goldsmith, Co-Technical Director
  • Lauren Coffaro, Co-Publicity Director
  • Max Kelsten, Co-Publicity Director / Fall Shanley Producer
  • Julie Boor, Special Projects Director
  • Kenisha Morgan, Storytellers Producer
  • Spencer Gartner, New Script Development
  • Michael Holtzman, Directing Chair
  • Walls Trimble, Historian
  • Chelsea Adams, Winter Louis Room Co-Producer
  • Caroline Siede, Winter Louis Room Co-Producer
  • Jack Milligan, Winter Shanley Producer
  • Katharine Nasielski, Spring Shanley Producer
  • Justin Leider, Freshman Board Representative
  • Ilana Peña, Freshman Board Representative

2009-2010 Directors

  • Will Crouse, Fall Shanley
  • RB Embleton, Winter Louis Room
  • Hannah Greene, Winter Shanley
  • Alli Finn, Spring Shanley
  • Robyn Char & Dana O'Brien, Storytellers

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