News: Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr leaves Theater J and JCC


Cody Nickell (L) and Michael Russotto (R) in ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ at Theater J. Photo by Teresa Castracane.

Dear Friends of Theater J,

After the end of six illustrious seasons Adam Immerwahr will be departure from Théâtre J and JCC this summer for an exciting artistic leadership opportunity (we can’t announce where yet, but those details will be made public as soon as his new artistic home is ready to share this news, hopefully in the coming month). I am extremely grateful to Adam for the strength of his character, his exceptional artistry and his relentless impact on the growth and development of the J Theater. Adam has been a wonderful partner to me since I arrived here as CEO a just under two years. Both personally and professionally, Adam will be greatly missed by our community.

During Adam’s tenure, Theater J flourished in every way. He has led an incredible team in creating such iconic programs as the Yiddish Theater Lab, Classes for Theater Lovers, the creation of two Jewish Play Awards, and the Expanding the Canon initiative which will commission seven new plays by Jews from various races and ethnicities. Adam has led the J Theater through the pandemic and leaves us in a position of incredible strength. Adam solidified the reputation of the JCC as the best Jewish theater in its class. I’m thrilled that many of the J Theater’s recent productions are launching from the J Theater in theaters across the country, including our production of Become Dr. Ruth which will be remounted by Cleveland Play House, our production of Tuesdays with Morrie which will be touring Michigan, and the play the wanderers which was developed and produced at the J Theater and will be produced at the Roundabout Theater in New York.

The J Theater is an incredible jewel in the crown of this JCC. We have built an outstanding reputation for creating and presenting the highest quality in Jewish arts and we will not let that go as we find the path to move forward from strength to strength. I know the J Theater will only continue to grow to new heights in the years to come, and I hope you will join us on the journey.

Adam will be here through 1st of Julyand I hope to see you at Lights in the mirror—Adam’s final show as artistic director (and a show he will co-direct!) – ongoing June 9-July 3. There is much to celebrate together in what he has built with/for us over the past seven years.

We have engaged Management Consultants for the Arts (a leading arts management search firm) to partner with us to conduct an international search for our next artistic director.

Our search committee will be chaired by Howard Menaker and will include Aaron Posner, Sabrina Sojourner, Bob Schlossberg, Rae Grad, Michele Berman, Saul Pilchen, Mara Bralove, Bob Tracy and Meredith Margolis. We expect this process to begin in early June and take six to eight months. Meanwhile, Theater J will continue to move forward with our exciting 32nd season of plays that Adam has programmed and the wonderful staff at Theater J will produce, and I’m thrilled to share that Adam will return to direct Two Jews go to war for Théâtre J in January 2023.

Thank you for your continued trust and support for Théâtre J.

I look forward to celebrating many opening nights with you in the years to come.

Dava Schub, CEO of Edlavitch DCJCC

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