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
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.
Intellectual Property (CLE) - February 25 following the 1:00 p.m. performance
Attorney Marshall Tanick will moderate a discussion with Sharon Dzik (University of Minnesota Office for Community Standards), Sheyna Galyan (author), Walter G. Lehmann (attorney), and Gail Rosenblum (Star Tribune
columnist). 1.0 CLE credit applied for. Sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Marshall Tanick is a senior partner with the law firm MEYER NJUS TANICK. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1969 with a B.A., and went on to earn JD at Stanford Law School. Mr. Tanick has received certification and/or practice specialties in Civil Trial Law, Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Litigation, Certified Neutral & Mediator, and Minnesota Supreme Court. Mr. Tanick has dozens of published works, awards and associations.
Sharon Dzik has been the Director of the Office for Community Standards (OCS) at the U of M for 14 years. She has a MA in Social Science with an emphasis in College Student Development. She also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for two years with Restorative Justice and Community Action in the city of Minneapolis. The OCS uses student development theory and restorative justice principles to address violations of the student conduct code.
Sheyna Galyan is a two-time National Indie Excellence Award finalist and author of the Rabbi David Cohen suspense series set in Minneapolis. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online, and her poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in national and local publications. Most of her writing offers hope and healing for trauma survivors. With advanced degrees in psychology and education, her favorite questions are "Why?" and "Why not?"
Walter G. Lehmann is managing partner of the entertainment law firm LEHMANN STROBEL PC. An attorney and business consultant for over 18 years, he has focused on helping individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations manage their real and intellectual property assets. Lehmann has a BA in English (Williams College), JD cum laude (Wm. Mitchell College of Law) and a MA in Museum Studies (George Washington University).
Gail Rosenblum is lifestyle columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and has worked for nearly 20 years as a reporter, editor and essayist for many newspapers and national magazines. She has a BA in journalism from the University of New Mexico and a MA in journalism from the U of M and is a published author. The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, and many others have honored Gail’s work.
Talk-back with The Artists - March 1 following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Hear from Ashley Rose Montondo, Maggie Bearmon Pistner, and Jennie Ward as they share production insights and take audience questions. Moderated by Producing Artistic Director Barbara Brooks.
Ashley Rose Montondo (Lisa Morrison) is thrilled to be making her Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company debut! Other theater credits include performances at the Guthrie Theater, 7th House Theater, Yellow Tree Theatre, Gremlin Theatre, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Red Eye Theater, and the Playwrights’ Center. Ashley’s training includes University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program and South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
Maggie Bearmon Pistner (Ruth Steiner) has performed with MJTC in Aunt Raini, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Jericho, The History of Invulnerability, and Our Class. Maggie has performed with many Twin Cities theater companies; Jungle Theater, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Gremlin Theatre, Theatre Unbound, Theatre Pro Rata, Red Eye Theater, Playwrights’ Center, Park Square Theatre, and Artistry. She is a voice-over and commercial talent with NUTS, ltd.
Jennie Ward (Director) has directed and taught in Chicago, New York City, and Boston. She earned her MFA in Directing from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training (Harvard University). Locally, Jennie has directed with the Guthrie Theater, Playwrights’ Center, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts, and more. Jennie is the current Managing Director at the Center For Performing Arts in Minneapolis.
On Publishing - March 4 following the 1:00 p.m. performance
Get the inside scoop from local publishing leaders Josh Leventhal (Director of Minnesota Historical Society Press), Joey McGarvey (Milkweed Editions editor), and Danielle Bylund (Wise Ink Creative Publishing).
Danielle Bylund is the Author Engagement Director at Wise Ink Creative Publishing and has previously worked in marketing and graphic design. She has been an editor for multiple nationally known literary journals. Danielle holds a BA in English from Columbia University and an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University. She is passionate about creating a collaborative community of writers who feel supported by their partnerships.
Josh Leventhal is currently Director of the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) Press. He has worked in publishing for nearly 25 years. After moving to Minnesota in 2000, Josh worked as an acquisitions editor for MBI Publishing and then Voyageur Press before joining MNHS Press in 2014. A native of New York City, he comes from a family of publishing people, including both parents, a grandfather, and his brother. Josh currently lives in Minneapolis.
Joey McGarvey is an editor at Milkweed Editions. Previously, she worked in editorial at the Ballantine Bantam Dell, Random House, and Alfred A. Knopf imprints of Penguin Random House. She earned her MA in nineteenth-century American literature and history at New York University, and her BA in English from Stanford University. Joey states “Independent publishers help make contemporary literature more diverse, fascinating, challenging, critical, and impactful.”
Women's Voices in Writing - March 8 following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Meet local writers Lorna Landvik (author/entertainer), Patricia Kirkpatrick (poet), and Jenna Zark (playwright) as they illuminate the perspective of women writers on International Women’s Day.
Lorna Landvik is the author of eleven novels with the most recent being Once In A Blue Moon Lodge. Landvik’s other work includes the best-selling Patty Jane’s House of Curl and Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. As an actor and comedian, Landvik has been seen at many Twin Cities’ venues and has previously appeared with the nationally acclaimed improvisational group Dudley Riggs (who founded Minneapolis’ Brave New Workshop).
Patricia Kirkpatrick received the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry for Odessa, the first Lindquist & Vennum Poetry Prize. Her work includes Century’s Road, Plowie: A Story from the Prairie, and Voices in Poetry: Maya Angelou. Awards and fellowships: National Endowment for the Arts, Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Loft and McKnight Foundation, and the MN State Arts Board. Her new poetry collection, Blood Moon, will be published by in 2019.
Jenna Zark has had plays produced in New York, Los Angeles, and in regional theaters around the country. After A Body of Water debuted at Circle Repertory Company in New York, MJTC produced it in 1996. Zark’s plays have been seen locally at Freshwater Theatre, History Theatre, and Illusion Theater. Zark is a two-time winner of the McKnight Advancement Artists Fellowship, a core alumni member of The Playwrights’ Center and a member of The Dramatists Guild.