“I never made Jewish theater, because no one ever asked. I’m so glad you are asking.” Personal Interview, December, 2013, Ari Kreith, Artistic Director, Theater 167.

The Jewish Plays Project (JPP) is a performance group that puts bold, progressive, Jewish conversations on world stages. The JPP’s innovative and competitive development vehicle invests emerging artists in their personal identities; engages Jewish communities in the vetting, selecting and championing of new voices; and secures mainstream production opportunities for the best new plays. Its three major programs include Jewish Playwriting Contest, The Open Festival of New Jewish Theater, and Renegade Readings – ad hoc 1-day readings of new plays and musicals. Benjamin Kamine, Resident Director of JPP, is a stage director and designer based in Manhattan. He recently directed the world premieres of A Cautionary Tail by Christopher Oscar Pena, and Job by Thomas Bradshaw at The Flea Theater. Other credits include the world premieres of Happily Ever by Amina Henry; Samsara by Lauren Yee, Chance Theatre; and the all-night marathon of Robert Askins’ True Bible Tales, Jewish Plays Project. Kamine is a Resident Director at The Flea Theater, and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. He has developed work with The New Group, The Flea Theater, EST/Youngblood, Barefoot Theatre Company, the Jewish Plays Project, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Brooklyn College and LABA, where he was a 2014-2015 Fellow.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Benjamin Kamine