The Winnipeg Jewish Theatre is currently in its 29th season of keeping Jewish culture alive and well in Winnipeg. Our mandate is to present professional theatre of high artistic quality that reflects the Jewish experience of the past, present and future; to encourage the creation of new Canadian plays of Jewish interest; to encourage the development and participation of Canadian playwrights, performers, production personnel; and to promote a better understanding of Jewish culture in the community at large.
Artistic Mission Statement
WJT’s purpose and mandate include:
- To present plays on themes of Jewish interest and/or plays by Jewish playwrights.
- To reach across communities through presentation of universal and socially relevant plays and engage our audience in dialogue.
- To provide a vehicle for neophyte actors, playwrights, directors, technicians to participate in professional theatre.
- To encourage the development and presentation of new Canadian plays of Jewish interest and/or by Jewish playwrights
Winnipeg Jewish Theatre was established in 1987 and is a non-profit, Canadian, professional theatre company. WJT began its life as a community theatre producing two plays a year. In 1992, WJT became a professional theatre company and a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. WJT operates under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Theatre Agreement negotiated with Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
- WJT opened in 1987 with an audience of 700 people.
- In both the 1998/1999 and 2000/2001 season attendance reached over 6000.
- Box Office Revenue surpassed the $100,000 mark for the first time in 2000/2001.
WJT began a new era in 2014 under the interim artistic leadership of our longest serving Artistic Director Kayla Gordon. After presenting the Canadian premiere of Joshua Harmon’s award-winning Bad Jews, the board of director’s announced Ari Weinberg as WJT’s newest Artistic Director and he began his tenure in the fall of 2015.
In February 2011, The Globe and Mail chose to recognize WJT as “one of the gutsier theatre companies in Canada.”