Jewish Theater and Dance
Miller laced his writings with Jewish themes and characters for more than half a century. His world was infused with a certain type of Jewishness, but whatever form it took, he did not view himself as a member of an ancient religious community.Read More
Contemporary TheaterImages of Jews in American Theater
Jewish pride--and shame--on stage.American Jewish Theater
A history of Jewish theatre in America.Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat
This now-iconic musical takes a new look at a very old fashion statement.Israeli Theater
A culmination of foreign and native influences.The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Stage
Yael Ronen's "Plonter" exposes the emotional experience of "the other."
Yiddish & European TheaterEuropean Jewish Theater
From 1600 to the 20th century.Yiddish Theater in Europe
The short-lived yet influential movement.Theater in the Nazi Concentration Camps
Creativity and resistance in Dachau and Buchenwald.Yiddish Theater in New York
A cultural phenomenon of Jewish America in the early 20th century.Molly Picon
Star of Yiddish film and theatre.
DanceJewish Dance in Premodern Era
Jewish dance from the Bible to Hasidism.Jewish Dance in America
Feminism and contemporary notions of individualism have challenged traditional Judaism and created new dance traditions.Redefining Modern Dance
NYC's 92nd Street Y helped broaden American dance to embrace multiculturalism and diversity.Israeli Dance
Turning away from tradition and establishing its own roots.Folkdance
Traditional dances find new values.
Major FiguresAnna Sokolow
An American Jewish artist with an international legacy.Sara Levi-Tanai
Taking ancient Yemenite moves to create modern dances.Arthur Miller
In his only novel, Arthur Miller explored contemporary anti-Semitism.Sholem Asch
A writer who bridged both Old World and New, but fit into neither.Quiz Yourself
From Yiddish theatre to Israeli folkdance, performing arts are a key part of Jewish self expression. How much do you know about Jewish theatre and dance?