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The board of the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre is pleased to announce Ari Weinberg as its newest artistic director. Weinberg is no stranger to Winnipeg, having been mentored by Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Stephen Schipper. Weinberg brings a rich diversity of theatrical experience, remarkable outreach skills and tremendous energy and enthusiasm to WJT.
“I am humbled and honoured to become Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s next Artistic Director,” Weinberg said. “Being an artistic director has been my dream job since I was 13; I could not be more elated to assume the position at WJT.
“On a personal note, I am so thrilled to be relocating to Winnipeg,” he added. “The two times I worked there have been incredible experiences. The arts and culture scene is so vibrant and diverse, and I look forward to meeting, joining, supporting, and contributing to the community at large.”
The Torontonian officially begins his tenure as the theatre’s artistic director June 1, 2015. He replaces interim AD Kayla Gordon. Weinberg will be in Winnipeg on May 7 for the opening of Bad Jews, which makes its Canadian premiere at the Berney Theatre. Bad Jews runs from May 6-17. Tickets are $25-$40 (plus taxes and fees), and can be purchased on-line at WJT.ca or 204-477-7515.
Ari is currently the Metcalf Foundation Intern Artistic Director for Acting Up Stage Company and the Internship Advisor for Sheridan College’s Music Theatre-Performance Program.
As a recipient of a 2013 Professional Theatre Training Program grant from Theatre Ontario, Ari assistant directed Salt Water Moon at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and was the Intern Artistic Director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre under the mentorship of Steven Schipper.
He also served as Discovery Coordinator at the Flato Markham Theatre, overseeing all the youth outreach programming and as the Fundraising and Events Coordinator for Lakeshore Arts’ 10th anniversary.
Director: Hugh and I (Toronto Fringe- Patron’s Pick); Godspell (Theatre Sheridan). Assistant Director: The Wild Party (Acting Up Stage Company); Sweeney Todd (Theatre Sheridan); Anyone Can Whistle (Talk Is Free Theatre). Dramaturge: Mickey and Judy (Toronto Fringe Festival- Patron’s Pick and Best of Fringe).
Actor (selected): Romeo and Juliet (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Peter Pan (Stratford); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Man of La Mancha (Theatre By The Bay); Swing!, Oliver!, The Mousetrap (Drayton Entertainment); Hana’s Suitcase (Magnus Theatre).
Ari is a certified teaching artist through the Stratford Festival and York University and has taught Shakespeare in elementary schools, high schools and colleges across Ontario. In 2010, as a response to the It Gets Better campaign, Ari created, produced and hosted Shameless for a Cause! a series of cabaret evenings featuring local and international talent to raise money for LGBTQ youth initiatives. He is a proud graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre-Performance Program.
(Photo by Tami Klein)
Notice of the Annual General Board Meeting
March 2, 2015 – 123 Doncaster Blvd. 7:30 pm.
Check out more about Jake who performs in A Jew Grows in Brooklyn and information on the rest of the WJT season.
What’s new at WJT? Read on!
A Jew Grows in Brooklyn Dec 13-14, 2014
Brownsville Memoir-Growing up in Brooklyn, in the shadow of the Shoah.When Jake Ehrenreich was growing up in Brownsville in the 1960s, he wanted nothing more than to be an American. But his Yiddish-speaking parents, who failed to understand the game of baseball or make sense of rock music, made it difficult for him to feel part of the mainstream culture. In his new one-man show, “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn,” directed by Jon Huberth, Ehrenreich explores how his family history, dominated by the shadow of the Holocaust, shaped the man he turned out to be.
Ehrenreich, 55, has appeared on Broadway in “Dancin”, “Barnum” and “They’re Playing Our Song.” He has also performed Yiddish music in two Off-Broadway productions, “Songs of Paradise” and “The Golden Land.
His father’s Hasidic family had been one of the wealthiest in Poland, but during the war both he and his wife ended up in a work camp in Siberia, where one of their daughters was born. After spending time in a displaced persons camp, the family came to America, where they tried to give their children a life free from the taint of victimhood.
But it was not to be. Ehrenreich and his two sisters grew up feeling, as he put it, that existence was “tenuous” and that the “world could end at any moment.” Yet he also shares many wonderful memories of his youth, from playing stoop ball to attending Shea Stadium to vacationing in the Catskills, where Ehrenreich began performing in a band at the tender age of 12. Indeed, Ehrenreich tells much of his life story through music; he is backed by four instrumentalists, playing songs ranging from “Brooklyn Roads” to “Doo Wah Diddy.” One striking moment in the show occurs when Ehrenreich recalls learning that almost all of his favorite composers were Jewish like him. For Ehrenreich, his show is ultimately a “celebration.” He quotes Billy Crystal, who quipped that performing a show about his life was like “a visit with my family every night.”
ABOUT THE SHOW
A smash hit in the heart of the Broadway, where it played for a more than a year and a half, A Jew Grows in Brooklyn is an “engaging, poignant and hilarious” (Palm Beach Post) comedy musical about the search for identity and meaning. The highly acclaimed show chronicles the life of Jake Ehrenreich; a uniquely talented American born child of Holocaust survivors.
From the streets of Brooklyn and struggle with his family’s past, to the laughter and rebirth of Catskills summers, to his mother and sisters heartbreaking early Alzheimers disease, this “tour de force performance” (Las Vegas Journal Review) is “a delightful journey that speaks to anyone hoping to live out the American Dream” (ABC TV).
The New York Times raves A Jew Grows in Brooklyn is “funny, touching and beautiful… you don’t have to be Jewish or Brooklynish…Jake Ehrenreich is Dazzling!” The Philadelphia Inquirer calls it “An uplifting treasure with universal appeal—in the same elevated company as Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, and Chaz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale.”
Through stories, comedy, music, and multi-media video and photos – including a classic Rock Medley (California Dreamin’, Secret Agent Man, Sunshine of Your Love), a multi-instrumental version of Louis Prima’s Sing, Sing, Sing, and even a selection of Yiddish songs – Jake mesmerizingly recreates his unforgettable journey of discovery and lessons learned. From the stoops of Brooklyn to Rock n’ Roll days–from the comedy and musical stages of the Catskills and Broadway to the bedsides of ailing parents and siblings, this show “has a glow all it’s own” (Chicago Tribune) and is “one of the most touching, soulful, and laugh out loud shows you’ll ever see!” (Jazz FM 91).
Jake’s story is personal and universal at the same time, and has now spawned a book by the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” Publishers A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, the Curious Reflections of a First Generation American (see Book page), a TV documentary and a related feature film.
The New York Times raves A Jew Grows in Brooklyn is “funny, touching and beautiful… you don’t have to be Jewish or Brooklynish…Jake Ehrenreich is Dazzling!”
Gala performance, Dec. 13, 2014, 8:00
$100.00 (includes gala wine reception and partial tax receipt)
Other performances Dec. 14, 2:00 and 7:00
Tickets $40.00 (plus fees and taxes)
“Great timing, boundless energy… warm-hearted…Such Skill” Toronto Star
“A showstopper… heartfelt…Yanking on the heartstrings and jabbing at the
funny bone!” The Globe and Mail
““One of the most touching, soulful and laugh -out-loud shows you’ll ever see!“
”Excruciatingly funny!” Toronto Sun
A Jew Grows in Brooklyn – December 13-14, 2014
Berney Theatre – 123 Doncaster Street, Winnipeg
Tickets on Sale NOW
by calling (204) 477-7478