The Winnipeg Jewish Theatre is entering its 25th exciting season of keeping Jewish culture alive and well in Winnipeg. The theatre's mandate is to present professional theatre of high artistic quality that reflects the Jewish experience of the past, present and future; to encourage the creation of new Canadian plays of Jewish interest; to encourage the development and participation of Canadian playwrights, performers, production personnel; and to promote a better understanding of Jewish culture in the community at large.
Artistic Mission Statement
WJT’s purpose and mandate include:
- To present plays on themes of Jewish interest and/or plays by Jewish playwrights.
- To reach across communities through presentation of universal and socially relevant plays and engage our audience in dialogue.
- To provide a vehicle for neophyte actors, playwrights, directors, technicians to participate in professional theatre.
- To encourage the development and presentation of new Canadian plays of Jewish interest and/or by Jewish playwrights.
Winnipeg Jewish Theatre was established in 1987, and is a non-profit, Canadian, professional theatre company. WJT started as a community theatre producing two plays a year. As of 1992/1993 WJT became a professional theatre company producing a full season of plays and a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and operates under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Theatre Agreement negotiated with Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
- WJT opened in 1987 with an audience of 700 people.
- In both the 1998/1999 and 2000/2001 season attendance reached over 6000.
- Box Office Revenue surpassed the $100,000 mark for the first time in 2000/2001.
Over the past four seasons, WJT has enjoyed an artistic revitalization. Two recent productions (Death of a Salesman in January 2008 and Lenin’s Embalmers in October 2010) were the two best attended shows of the past decade. Our shows have enjoyed rave reviews and, despite competing with theatres whose budgets are between six times to twenty six times as large, have been hailed as being as good as, if not the best, theatrical productions in Winnipeg. WJT is the only theatre in Winnipeg in the past decade to have presented a new play (TALK by Michael Nathanson) that was subsequently named a Finalist for the Governor General’s Award in Drama (October 2009). In February 2011, The Globe and Mail chose to recognize WJT as “one of the gutsier theatre companies in Canada.”