Statement from Association for Jewish Theatre:
The Association for Jewish Theatre (AJT) is saddened by the departure of Ari Roth as the Artistic Director of Theater J in Washington, D.C. A longtime member, Roth has actively contributed to AJT’s concept, mission and programming.
He is responsible for a huge body of work that is and continues to be a model for Jewish theatre around the world. Hailed by the New York Times as “the premier theatre for premieres”, under Roth’s direction, Theater J garnered 50 Helen Hayes Award nominations and prizes. A playwright himself, Roth’s work includes “Born Guilty” directed by Zelda Fichandler and “The Seagull on 16th Street.”
AJT is proud of Ari Roth and his tremendous achievements in the Jewish theatre world. His accomplishments illustrate the very definition of Jewish theatre as was strongly voiced by the participants at our recently held conference in Washington, D.C. this December:
“Theatre fulfills a unique and immensely significant role for the diversity of the Jewish community. It provides opportunities to experience multiple perspectives by broadening the communities’ worldview, by individuals uncovering and questioning their own assumptions, and by creating pathways to understanding each other.”
We look forward with confidence to the next chapters of Ari Roth’s creativity, his next generation of work, his continued leadership, and his valuable contributions to Jewish theatre.
The Association for Jewish Theatre, a non-profit cultural/educational organization, is an alliance of theatres, performance groups, and independent theatre-makers worldwide. As a catalyst for networking, providing showcase opportunities, education, development, engagement, and transformation, AJT supports Jewish theatre in all of its amazing forms.