Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s Doorways program was first begun 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

Doorways programs are designed to open the doors to greater understanding and enjoyment of the plays we present and to 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 and Byron. 


Doorways Programs for The History of Invulnerability


Diana Green, adjunct faculty, liberal arts, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, will give us a glimpse into the history of comic books following the 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 20th.  


This program will look at intellectual property issues and other legal aspects of the comic book industry with Philip Goldman, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Sharon K. Sandeen, J.D., LL.M., and Mick Spence and Marshall Tanick, Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC after the performance on April 27th. CLE credit applied for.


Join us on Tuesday, April 29th at 7 p.m. to meet cast members Dan Beckmann, Alex Brightwell, Charles Numrich, and Maggie Bearmon Pistner and discuss their work and the play. This program is in partnership with The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.


Britt Aamodt, author of Superheroes, Strip Artists & Talking Animals: A History of Minnesota Cartoonists, will moderate a discussion with Tom Kaczynski, cartoonist / publisher, Uncivilized Books, and Peter Gross, DC Comics artist and writer as we take a deeper look into the comic book world of the Twin Cities following the performance on May 1st.

Doorways Panelist

Diana Green holds a B.F.A. in Comic Book Illustration from Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and an M.A. Liberal Studies from Hamline University. She teaches History of Comic Art, Readings in the Graphic Novel, History of Underground Comix, and History of Rock & Roll at MCAD. She has presented academic work at the Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits Manga Conference in Minneapolis, local and national Popular Culture Association conferences, and at the Comic Scholars Conferences at San Diego and San Francisco. Her previous publications include articles in Comics Books and the Cold War (McFarland, 2012), The End Will Be Graphic (Sheffield, 2012), and The Encyclopedia of Comics and Graphic Novels (ABC-Clio, 2010). She appeared in two issues of Gay Comics, has self-published comics, and created the first transgender comic strip in the gay press, 1995’s Tranny Towers. She continues a studio practice in comics. She loves her cat and plays decent guitar.

Philip Goldman joined Fredrikson & Byron’s Intellectual Property Group in 1992 after serving for 10 years in 3M’s Office of Intellectual Property Counsel. Phil's intellectual property experience includes all aspects of U.S. and international work relating to the health, animal, and agricultural industries, with a particular focus on biomedical devices and biologics. He is also active in the firm’s technology transfer and intellectual property litigation, and university technology management.

Sharon K. Sandeen is Professor of Law at Hamline University School of Law where she focuses her teaching and scholarship on trade secret law. Prior to starting her teaching career in 2002, Professor Sandeen practiced law for more than fifteen years in Sacramento, California, handling a variety of intellectual property matters including trade secret misappropriation cases. Professor Sandeen received a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley, her J.D. from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and an LL.M. from the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

Marshall Tanick has represented clients in a wide variety of legal matters for over 35 years, with emphasis on employment law; constitutional law, including defamation, privacy, and other communications; education law; animal law; pet law; land law; and business disputes. As much a student of law as a practitioner of it, Marshall stays abreast of legal trends and the latest case law by teaching at area law schools, conducting continuing legal education classes, and writing extensively for law and business publications. He also welcomes the opportunity to take on difficult cases.

Russell “Mick” Spence, Jr. is a partner at Hellmuth & Johnson, and as a member of the intellectual property, art, entertainment, media and sports law practices, he assists individuals and entities of all sizes on issues including copyright, trademark, patent, trade secrets & right of publicity/privacy, asset acquisitions, licensing and protection, complex multi-party litigation, including class-actions, commercial disputes of all varieties, and estate counsel & probate litigation. Mick’s extensive litigation experience involves entertainment assets, businesses, talent and their careers.

Britt Aamodt is the author of Superheroes, Strip Artists and Talking Animals: A History of Minnesota Cartoonists. A playwright and storyteller, she has performed at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Northlands Fringe Festival, Story City, Two Chairs Telling, and Story Arts MN. She is also a touring member with the Great Northern Radio Show.

Peter Gross is the co-creator and artist of Vertigo’s Eisner nominated, NY Times Bestseller series The Unwritten, and co-creator and artist of American Jesus/Chosen with Mark Millar. He also illustrated two of Vertigo’s longest running series, Lucifer and Books of Magic (which he has writing 24 issues).

Tom Kaczynski is an Ignatz nominated cartoonist, designer, illustrator, writer, teacher and publisher. His comics have appeared in Best American Nonrequired ReadingMOMEPunk Planet, and many other publications. Beta Testing the Apocalypse, the first collection of his short comics works, was published last year by Fantagraphics. His latest book, Trans Terra, will be published later this year. His work has been translated into multiple languages. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.