SALUTING THE DORA WASSERMAN YIDDISH THEATRE!
Since 1958, the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre has been dramatising the Jewish experience and sustaining the Yiddish theatre legacy at home at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal and on tour to 48 cities in North America, Israel and Europe. This Yiddish Theatre has many reasons to celebrate. Its audiences keep growing, numbering in the thousands for each production, and young actors keep joining the large repertory company. Its plays – classics and original works, dramas and musicals – are critically acclaimed. Its archives record the treasures of the past while YAYA (Young Actors for Young Audiences), its youth wing, remains vibrant and popular.
For over fifty years, the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre has presented more than 85 plays. It has built bridges to the French and English theatre communities through collaborative projects and received numerous awards. Dora Wasserman, the company’s founder, was honoured with many awards including the Order of Canada, the Order of Quebec, and a Masque Award for Lifetime Achievement from her peers in the Quebec theatre community. The Yiddish Theatre was renamed in Dora’s honour in 2002. From 1996 to 2011 the company was led to new heights by Dora’s daughter, Bryna Wasserman who remains the Honorary Artistic Director.
In 2008 the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre marked its 50th anniversary with an unprecedented 9-day international festival. The Montreal International Yiddish Theatre Festival was the largest international gathering of Yiddish theatres from Poland, Romania, Israel, USA, Canada, France, Austria and Australia along with musicians, scholars and filmmakers. The 2nd edition of this Festival took place in June 2011 and was also an enormous success.
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre (DWYT) consists of three major components: its mainstage theatre production and year-round programmes, its Young Actors for Young Audiences courses, and the DWYT Archives.
TODAY, THE GREAT TREASURES OF YIDDISH CULTURE THAT DORA WASSERMAN SOUGHT TO SUSTAIN OVER FIFTY YEARS AGO ARE BEING PASSED ON TO YET ANOTHER GENERATION.
DWYT Artistic Director : Bryna Wasserman
Committee Chair: Aron Gonshor
Committee Co-Chair: Edit Kuper
Outreach & Events Chair: Ronnie Roter
DWYT Committee Members: Batia Bettman, Fred Bettman, Raizel Candib, Maia Cooper, Stephanie Finkelstein, Paula Wolfman Frank, Dan Goldstein, Abe Gonshor, Bronna Ghita Levy, Richard Martz and Jeremy Pinchuk.
Support Yiddish Theatre at the Segal Centre for Performing ArtsKeep Yiddish Alive! Wall of a Thousand Names
After surviving the Holocaust, Dora Wasserman made a commitment to keep Yiddish Theatre and culture alive. In honour of her dream, in 2010, the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre established a digital Wall of a Thousand Names. Last year, the campaign raised 10,100$ in support of Yiddish programming at the Segal Centre.
Anyone wishing to express their support may do so by adding their name to the wall for the nominal sum of $25.00 per individual.
All proceeds raised through this initiative will be used to fund Yiddish Theatre programming and initiatives year round at the Segal Centre and will be eligible for a tax receipt.
Make a gift today!
Volunteer with the Dora Wasserman Yiddish TheatreDo you love Yiddish theatre and want to participate in its continued cultural legacy?
Become a DWYT volunteer today!
Upcoming production: The Dybbuk
THE YIDDISH THEATRE’S GOTHIC MASTERPIECE
BY S. Ansky
DIRECTED BY Bryna Wasserman & Rachelle Glait
A DORA WASSERMAN YIDDISH THEATRE PRODUCTION
August 9-27, 2015
“Mesmerizing” - The Montreal Gazette
Presented in Yiddish with English and French Supertitles.
This quintessential Yiddish tale of desire, darkness and exiled spirits tells the story of love caught between two worlds, and a community torn between religion, superstition and spiritualism. Two children, betrothed by their parents before birth, are drawn together years later in a desperate web of ill-fated love and possession.
THE DORA WASSERMAN YIDDISH THEATRE PRESENTS ITS 2014-2015 SEASON
CELEBRATING OVER 50 YEARS OF YIDDISH THEATRE, LANGUAGE AND CULTURE!
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September 14, 2014
LAKHN IZ GEZUNT (LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE)
AN EVENING OF YIDDISH HUMOUR
Tickle your funny bone with comic skits, funny songs and hilarious monologues from the great Yiddish comedians.
December 10, 2014
With the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre singers.
Featuring old favourites and new songs, join in and sing along!
May 4-10, 2015
THE NEW JEWISH SCENE
Innovative English programmes with deeply Jewish roots!
- A Jewish Film Series
In collaboration with Toronto Jewish Film Festival
The Lost & Found Project reaches into the depths of the Russian-Jewish American experience.
A play by Rruvyn Gilman & Boris Zilberman
Directed by Alexandre Marine
THE LOST & FOUND PROJECT / NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATRE - FOLKSBIENE
May 14, 2015
REMEMBERING DORA’S LEGACY
A Gala in honour of DORA WASSERMAN, CM, CQ, z”l
Dora Wasserman made a major contribution to the quality of life of her community, city, country and people. Yiddish Theatre members and special guest artists pay homage to her memory and legacy.
THE DORA WASSERMAN YIDDISH THEATRE’S I ♥ YIDDISH SERIES IS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO THE OUTSTANDING GENEROSITY OF THE ALVIN SEGAL FAMILY FOUNDATION AND THE DEDICATION OF THE SEGAL CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS.
Based on core Jewish values and inspired by the vision of Dora and Bryna Wasserman, YAYA (Young Actors for Young Audiences) builds on the success of its original award-winning theatre program which seeks to instill a love of the performing arts in new generations of artists and audiences. From toddlers to young adults, YAYA provides youth with a progressive learning experience in the performing arts. Over the years, YAYA has enhanced self-confidence, self-esteem, creativity, critical thinking, self-discipline, teamwork, empathy and inter-cultural understanding among youth.
Past successful productions such as No More Raisins, No More Almonds by Batia Bettman and The Children of Terezin featuring the opera Brundibar by Edit Kuper, Nor a Mame based on a short story by Geltman Litman, adapted by Edit Kuper and Raizel Candib, and Chelm by Abraham Shulman, still resonate throughout the community.
For more information on the 2014-2015 courses and to register, please click here.
A UNIQUE INITIATIVE TO PRESERVE THE TREASURES OF THE DORA WASSERMAN YIDDISH THEATRE!
Founded and maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers, this beloved collection includes thousands of documents, including old films, videos, posters, photographs, sheet music, maquettes, audio tapes, scripts, costume drawings and playbills.
More information to come.