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The Dybbukast Live

Over the next three years, we'll be taking our work to six cities across North America.

Inspired by The Dybbukast and the ways in which it brings together scholarship and theatricality, The Dybbukast Live brings arts and educational engagement connected to Jewish history to communities throughout North America. This program provides a unique opportunity to combine meaningful Jewish arts with community events and professional development training through one to two-week residencies that involve:


  • original live performances inspired by creative Jewish texts from throughout history that are infused with scholarship illuminating the cultural contexts and implications for our world today

  • partnerships with local institutions to present training workshops for educators and community leaders in which they learn techniques to engage with their constituents and students around the topics brought up in the performances and beyond

  • curricula connected to the performances and workshops available on our website to learners and educators

Upcoming Residencies

June 2023: San Diego Area

Our residency will feature a combination of performances and workshops for educators and community leaders. More details are to come, but much of the work will be connected to our Merchant of Venice project, our new performance piece that explores questions connected to Jewish history in relation to the challenging narratives embedded in Shakespeare's problematic work.


Our partners include: The Hive at Leichtag Commons and the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival, with more partnerships currently under discussion.

September 2023: San Francisco Bay Area

We will present work connected to our Merchant of Venice project, as well as other community engagement and lecture experiences.


Our partners include: the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and JCC East Bay, with more partnerships under discussion.

October 2023: Portland, Oregon

We will present work connected to our Merchant of Venice project and discussion with the Oregon Jewish Museum. We will also offer a community storytelling event with the Mittleman JCC and learning opportunities with East Side Jewish Commons. In addition, professional development sessions will be presented with the Jewish Federation.


Our partners include: Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Eastside Jewish Commons, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, and Portland State University, with more partnerships under discussion.

January 2024: Baltimore, Maryland and region

Our partners include: Na'aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland, with more partnerships under discussion.

November 2024: Montreal, Quebec

Our partners include: the Museum of Jewish Montreal, with more partnerships under discussion.

Previous Residencies

Atlanta, Georgia

January 31 - February 5, 2023

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our residency in Atlanta!

You can read about some of the work we did there in the Atlanta Jewish Times.


Tuesday, January 31, 7 pm at The Temple – selections from breaking protocols

theatre dybbuk offers a performed reading of selections from a new theatrical work called breaking protocols. In its entirety the play asks, "Why do conspiracy theories arise and in what ways do they show up at times of great crisis and upheaval in society? And what are the motivations and forces underpinning their proliferation?"


breaking protocols uses the sometimes comic and heightened approaches of vaudeville to examine the quintessential antisemitic text, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," while illuminating contemporary issues connected to antisemitism, propaganda, and false narratives.


This event will include a 60 minute presentation of sections from the play and a 30 minute Q and A with the creative team.


This event is free and open to all, but reservations are required.

Friday, February 3 at The Temple

Shabbat service event with theatre dybbuk.


Free and open to all. No RSVP necessary.

Saturday, February 4, 1-5 pm at Theatrical Outfit

"Heritage, History, and Humanity" Master Class with Working Title Playwrights

In this workshop, the artists of theatre dybbuk take participants through a process in which they gain tools to investigate their own personal and/or communal narratives, texts, and turning points as vessels to create new theatrical work that explores the complexities of our world. The session will use a combination of writing, vocal work, and movement-based techniques. The workshop is open to theatrical artists of a variety of disciplines.

Registration and pricing information can be found on the Working Title Playwrights website.

Sunday, February 5, 2 pm at The Breman Museum – a special preview of The Merchant Project

In this unique event, The Breman Museum will present the team from theatre dybbuk as they read selections from the company's still-in-development The Merchant Project, a piece which explores Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. The new piece will have its world premiere in May 2023 and so, this will be an opportunity to get a glimpse into the work as it is being created and to learn about the process with the creative team behind it.


There will be a 60 minute reading of selections from the play followed by a 30 minute Q & A.

The event is free and open to all, but reservations are required.

In addition to these public events, theatre dybbuk is partnering with the Alfred & Adele Davis Academy, The Weber School, and The Temple on a variety of learning opportunities for artists, educators, leaders, and students.

This program is funded in part by a Signature Grant from The Covenant Foundation.

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