January 2023 Newsletter

Inside this Month's Issue:

Notes from Board Member Leah Hamos, Playwrights and Makers Group January, AJT Celebrates Regranting Program, & Welcoming Alize to AJT!

A Note from Board Member Leah Hamos


Dear AJT Community,

I hope you have all found well-deserved time to rest this holiday season! 
I opted to greet you at the top of this new year — while not the Jewish new year, it is a
second opportunity to turn a new leaf, think about what lies ahead,
and enter the space with revived energy.

It is the start to our fiscal year and with that comes new initiatives for ways
we can gather, programming for how we can further connect as a community both in small pockets and across the country and world, and new ways of expanding how and what it can mean to be Jewish in 2023.

Yes, there’s a lot of “new” in there - and intentionally so!

I am excited - and hope you will be too - to start 2023 fresh, carrying with us only what is helpful from 2022 and leaving behind what is not.

I hope you will find an opportunity to share any goals or thoughts you have for this new year with us at AJT.  I joined AJT a little over one year ago and have found an inspiring, warm and welcoming community in both AJT at large and in my fellow Board members in a way that I had not yet in my career. I am so looking forward to carrying that energy forward to our new Board members who joined us following the 2022 conference and to this new year with all of you.

See you at the theater, online or somewhere in between!


Leah Hamos
Playwrights and Makers Group
January 2023!

Tuesday, January 17th, 8pm EST/ 5pm PCT

This monthly virtual drop-in group meets to discuss the craft of making theatre, and all the steps of the journey. Each month there will be a different moderator to contribute their skills and tools. From Playwrights, Producers, Directors, Dramaturgs, Actors, and Designers- learn, play, and grow from and with others that are making new theatre works.

Our January Guest is Director, Producer, & AJT Executive Director, 


Willow Jade Norton (she/her) is an Oregon-based theatre director, arts administrator, teacher and arts advocate focused on new work development and socially engaged art. Willow’s work is driven to find the intersection of exquisite theatricality, narrative that meets the moment, and an invitation to build community. Willow has directed in Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Corvallis, and Eugene. Willow also brings her administrative skills to the making process, after developing and directing dozens of new works in collaboration with playwrights and ensembles.
The structure of the January session is half conversation and dialogue around themes and questions that hold meaning to the group, and half working exercises.

To RSVP, email





With the generous support of CANVAS, a partnership of five Jewish foundations working with Jewish Funders Network, AJT is able to provide support for new and innovative Jewish theatre by offering grants to theatre-makers and theatres to support new work in the field that has potential to reach audiences at either established Jewish theatres or theatres committed to shepherding their work. 

The Regranting program provides an open playground for artists to expand their capabilities and connect to a larger network to experience their work.








AJT Regranting Recipients for 2022 are:


Gail Ann Duberchin:

For her play Raizel's Return, a Jewish content fantasy play adapted from my novel of the same title.


Casey J. Adler:

For a dialect coach for the play Mort Rye, the History Guy, where Casey performs the lead character. This play explores the implications of being a patriot as an American Jew. The character of Mort Rye is a children’s television history host, who must have the ability to speak in multiple dialects and accents through puppets.


Cindy Cooper:

To support a four-day Workshop and four live Staged Reading presentations of the play, I Was A Stranger Too, in Minnesota. The play tells the story of a Jewish woman who seeks to help asylum seekers in the U.S., drawing upon her mother’s experience as a child Holocaust survivor. 


Sara Nesson:

To bring Sara’s performance piece The Broken Mishkan to a broader audience in partnership with a San Francisco Bay Area theater or arts center. Weaving memoir and midrash, The Broken Mishkan follows Sara’s creative journey toward wholeness after being diagnosed with a chronic illness and celebrates the poignant connections between art, healing, wilderness, and blessing. 


Shara Feit:

To three in-person table reading workshops of High School Dybbuk in New York to keep developing the play High School Dybbuk, an all- women play about a production of S. Ansky’s classic Jewish play The Dybbuk at an all-girls Jewish day school in the tristate area. 


Robin Pullen:

To contribute to the creating and filming of puppets, featuring a singing FISH and dancing COW. Puppet musical PAINT tells the story of a young Jewish child’s quest to be an artist.


Robyn Shrater Seeman:

To producing Artists Circle Showcase, an evening of performing arts, by women for women. Many barriers exist in the performing arts for observant Jewish women.


Jewish Short Plays:

The Jewish Short Play Laboratory is a new play/performance group that encourages writers and performance artists to create topics that are on the edge, and even subversive about Jewish culture. 


Yehuda Hyman:

To "Secret of the Possible" a contemporary theatrical adaptation of three mystical Jewish tales from 18th Century Ukraine/Poland.  This will support an ensemble of seven young artists (actors, musicians, dancers), lead by Yehuda Hyman through Mystical Feet Company- weaving story, music and dance to bring these life-affirming Jewish stories to the stage. 


Theatre J:

To Theater J’s Yiddish Theater Lab, which is dedicate to preserving and reviving the forgotten literature of the Yiddish Theater through English-language readings, workshops, commissions, and productions. Their third commissioned artist with the Lab is Aaron Posner, who is creating a new adaptation of Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye the Dairyman stories, originally published in Yiddish in 1894.


The Braid:

To commission Joshua Reuben Silverstein, a Jew of Color and an award-winning actor, writer and beat-boxer, to write a new one-person show to debut at The Braid in Los Angeles and then tour nationally in theatres and venue spaces.  The show gives Joshua, and audiences alike, a timely opportunity to freshly explore race, Jewish identity, and values through personal narrative, humor, and his special kind of music.

Please join us in congratulating all of our recipients!

AJT welcomes our new
Administrative Associate, 

Alize Francheska Rozsnyai!

Alize is a classically-trained singer and actor based in Philadelphia. Additionally, she writes libretti and has a company, Alter Ego Chamber Opera, for which she serves as Co-Founder and Artistic Director. She is currently the Communications & Business Manager for Theatre Ariel, based in Philadelphia as well. 
A "sparkling" (ArtBlog) soprano “displaying profound
imagination and control” (Philadelphia Inquirer), is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music. The 2022 season has seen Alize as Serpina in La Serva Padrona with Hub City Opera, Katherine Hutchinson in Silk City with Garden State Opera, and Rivka in the world premiere of Part I of Misha Dutka's Liebovar with Opera Boheme New Jersey. Recently, Alize portrayed Zina in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters with Opera Fayetteville, Soloist in Beth Morrison Projects' Next Gen Concert with Contemporaneous Ensemble at National Sawdust, Morgana in Alcina REVAMPED with Alter Ego Chamber Opera, and Phyllis in Iolanthe at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, England. Rozsnyai has performed with Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Den Nye Opera in Bergen, Norway, Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Seattle Symphony [Untitled 3] Series, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Center for Contemporary Opera, and favorite role credits include Adina (l’elisir d’amore), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Susanna (le nozze di Figaro with The Princeton Symphony), Blanche de la force (Dialogues des Carmélites with Opera Philadelphia and Curtis), Hilda (Elegy for Young Lovers-Henze), Ilia (Idomeneo), Eurydice (Orphée aux enfers in Dordogne, France), La Fée (Cendrillon with Trentino Music Festival), Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte with Den Nye Oper Orchestra, Bergen, Norway), Thérèse (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), and concert, Soprano Soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana (Cape Cod Symphony), among others. 

She recently completed collaborations with composer Garth Baxter on his first chamber opera, A Pregnant Pause, and is now working on an [TBA] entitled work to be premiered at University of Connecticut this Spring as an accompaniment to Poulenc's La Voix Humaine. She will perform the role of Heather in her own, Phony, about smartphone addiction, this coming Spring 2023 with a professional regional company in New Jersey.

Alize is very excited to be a part of AJT and looks forward to contributing to the success and growth of the organization through her role as
Administrative Associate!

Thank you so much to everyone who gave, participated, and dreamed with AJT this past year.

Your contributions are felt and appreciated.


January 2023

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