Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s Doorways program first began in 2002. MJTC is proud to provide this innovative programming to complement the work on stage. Such programs include:
- community forums
- lectures and symposia
- events in partnership with other organizations such as museums and synagogues
- post performance discussions
- continuing legal education seminars (CLE) for credit
- work with school children
- and more!
Doorways programs are designed to open the doors to greater understanding and enjoyment of the plays we present and to give deeper insights into the subjects and issues they address. Each production of the season has Doorways programs to enhance the artistic and educational value of the work you see onstage. Our post performance discussions feature esteemed guests who are professionals in our community. They join us to provide further information on topics in the production, and foster stimulating conversation with those in attendance. Our CLE programs are co-sponsored by the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Talkback with the Artists
Thursday, April 26, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Meet the actors and learn more about the production and the play.
Q & A with the Playwright
Sunday, April 29, following the 1:00 p.m. performance
Hear from critically acclaimed playwright Deborah Stein as she skypes in to share script insights and answer audience questions.
Deborah Stein has had plays produced and developed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, ArtsEmerson, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, Z Space, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Theatre @ Boston Court, Live Girls!, and The Gate in London, among others. An affiliated writer with the Playwrights Center, she has received two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant, and co-ran Workhaus Collective. A former Bush Fellow and alumna of New Dramatists, she currently lives in Los Angeles.
The Culture of Clothing
Thursday, May 3, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Join us for this discussion on the fashion industry with Lisa Conley (MJTC Costume Designer), Kelly Groehler (CEO of Alice Riot), and Kathryn Reiley (University of Minnesota College of Design).
Lisa Conley is delighted to be working with MJTC again for Natasha and the Coat, having previously worked on a number of shows including Photograph 51, Our Class, and Compulsion or the House Behind. She holds a BA from Hamline University and her MFA from the University of Georgia. She works as the props specialist at the Minnesota Children's Museum and in freelance costume and props design with a variety of companies around town, most recently Swandive Theatre and Green T Productions.
Kathryn Reiley, Ph.D., adjunct professor, University of Minnesota and St. Catherine University. Classes taught include Textiles, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Trends, History of Costume, and Dress, Society and Culture. Her research interests focus on dress, aesthetics, vintage clothing, sustainability, and consumer behavior. Kathryn's research has published in the journals Fashion Theory and Fashion Practice. Kathryn also works with the Goldstein Museum of Design in the College of Design and was co-curator of the exhibition Redefining, Redesigning Fashion: Designs for Sustainability.
Kelly Groehler is co-founder and CEO of Alice Riot, LLC, the only collection of classic women’s professional garments that serve as the canvases for original works by female contemporary artists. After two decades inside multinational corporations on nearly every point of the global supply chain, including leadership roles at Best Buy and Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Kelly jumped over to the entrepreneurial side with a keen interest in businesses that serve and support women. In addition to launching Alice Riot in February 2018, she’s also the lead brand strategist with RetailXelerator, a program through Sprosty Network that moves later-stage startups to scale through major retailers and other channels. A lifelong arts patron, Kelly serves on the Public Functionary board of directors.
Meet MJTC and local improv artist Stephanie Stine for a fun evening of beer and slamming bad jobs, first jobs, embarrassing interviews, and other stories about work! Storytellers (yes you!) can enter for a chance to win theater tickets and more. Got stage-fright? No problem. Grab a beer and help us cheer on the slammers.
STORYTELLERS/SLAMMERS: Sign up for a 5-minute window when you arrive. Time slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Try to keep your slam on time (under 5 minutes) and on topic (job or work related). Tell your story for a chance to win theater tickets and more! We want to hear about the time you were so hungry that you ate your boss's lunch. Or that time in high school when you rage quit that retail job. Sign up begins at 6:30 p.m.; limited time slots available.
Hosted by Minnesota Jewish Theater Company (at Lake Monster Brewing Company). This event is free and open to the public. Contact Katie at 651-647-4315 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or questions on the slam. We’ll see you there!