About Theater J

Hailed by The Washington Post as “The most influential Jewish theater company in the nation,” and recipient of 80 Helen Hayes nominations and awards, Theater J has emerged as one of the most distinctive, progressive and respected Jewish theaters on the national and international scene. A program of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, the theater works in collaboration with other components of the Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts: the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Literary and Music Department.

Our Mission

Theater J is a nationally-renowned, professional theater that celebrates, explores and struggles with the complexities and nuances of both the Jewish experience and the universal human condition. Our work illuminates and examines: ethical questions of our time, inter-cultural experiences that parallel our own, and the changing landscape of Jewish identities. As the nation’s largest and most prominent Jewish theater, we aim to preserve and expand a rich Jewish theatrical tradition and to create community and commonality through theater-going experiences.

Performing in the 240-seat Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater in the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood, Theater J works with some of the world’s most distinguished authors for the stage. It has produced world premieres by Thomas Keneally, Robert Brustein, Wendy Wasserstein, Joyce Carol Oates and Ariel Dorfman, with many debuts from emerging writers like Anna Ziegler, Sam Forman and Renee Calarco. Theater J’s diverse body of work also includes the ongoing initiative: Locally Grown: Community Supported Art Festival, which supports the development of new plays by local playwrights. It has been called out by The Washington Post as “simply one of the most important and worthwhile projects that any local theater has adopted." With hit productions including Talley’s Folly, The Disputation, Honey Brown Eyes, The Chosen (a Theater J production presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater), New Jerusalem, After the Fall, Our Class, Race and Freud's Last Session, it's no surprise that The Washington Post proclaims that “Theater J propels itself to a new level of engagement with its audience, and, perhaps, to the forefront of theaters exposing Americans to drama that stirs the conscience as it illuminates aspects of Jewish culture.”

Winner of the 2008 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Theater J also offers much more than just productions through Beyond the Stage, which includes readings; a wide array of post-show programming such as panel discussions, cast talkbacks, and our Passports Program which brings theater to area students and underserved adult populations.

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