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Why did we start the theatre?

The genre of Jewish theatre is a vibrant performing arts experience with a rich and long standing international history. "For me, it is  an extension or outgrowth of what I had been doing informally for several years in the Jewish community," says Audrey Heller, Producing Artistic Director. 

With a deep commitment to both Jewish culture and the theatre, the formation of a Jewish theatre company seemed a natural thing to do. So in 2005, the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington (JTB) proudly took its place as the only one of its kind located in Indiana, co-founded by Audrey Heller.

Woman with brown hair and black shirt with an America pin looking up at the spotlight

Indiana's Only Jewish Theatre

OUR MISSION

The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington is deeply committed to both Jewish culture and the theatre. It is our intent to produce works that arise from or reflect the Jewish experience, but that also focus on universal issues of the human condition that are accessible to a diverse audience. Our aim is to bring together an audience of Jews and non-Jews to explore aspects of Jewish life in a modern world.

OUR ORIGIN

The genre of Jewish theatre is a vibrant performing arts experience with a rich and long standing international history. "For me, it is  an extension or outgrowth of what I had been doing informally for several years in the Jewish community," says Audrey Heller, Producing Artistic Director. 

With a deep commitment to both Jewish culture and the theatre, the formation of a Jewish theatre company seemed a natural thing to do. So in 2005, the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington (JTB) proudly took its place as the only one of its kind located in Indiana, co-founded by Audrey Heller.

Our Team

Audrey Heller wearing black glasses, a silver pair of dangling earrings, and a pink business jacket.

Audrey Heller

Producing Artistic Director

Audrey is a Clinical Assistant Professor Emerita in The IU Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Audrey studied theatre at Columbia University and took directing courses at Cal State Long Beach and IU. She has directed for Diversity Theatre, a social issues theatre company. She was Producing Artistic Director for Diversity Theatre and co-coordinator for MOSAIC, an annual diversity film festival.

Darrell Ann Stone, wearing brown glasses, brown tear-drop shapped earrings, and a blue shirt.

Darrell Stone

Artistic Advisor

Darrell Ann Stone is the former Co-Artistic Director of JTB, currently serving as Artistic Advisor and a member of the JTB Board of Directors. Darrell has a B.S. degree in Theatre from Northeastern University and MSW degree in Social Work from IU. She currently works full time as Director of IU Student Advocates Office, is a free-lance actor and director, as well as voice-over talent for ratio/tv commercials. 

Svetla Vladeva, wearing silver earrings, a red turtleneck, and a white jacket with a red and orange pattern on the edges.

Svetla Vladeva

Managing Director

Svetla was born in Kazanlak, Bulgaria and came to the US in 1997. Svetla graduated from the Academy of Music, Fine Arts and Dance in Bulgaria where she majored in music education, accordion, and piano. She has performed internationally, nationally, and at local venues such as the Lotus World Arts Festival. Svetla managed the University Club of IU for over twelve years before taking on her role with the Jewish Theater. 

Kathleen McConahay, wearing a pair of black glasses and black earrings.

Kathleen McConahay

Administrative Assistant

Kathleen began working for the Jewish Theatre in 2011 as their Administrative Assistant. She is also the Administrative Assistant for the Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council.  In 1989, Kathleen opened a small business called Flags Over Indiana and continues to operate it.  Currently her favorite role is as grandma to two granddaughters.

Audrey and Darrell, with Darrell having her arm wrapped around Audrey. Audrey is wearing black glasses, gold and black earrings, a silver necklace with two pearls on them, and a black and grey diamond jacket over a black shirt. Darrel is wearing a pair of blue glasses, gold earrings, and a brown dress.

Board of Directors

Malcolm Abrams

Deb Allmayer ~ Treasurer

Sheryl Doades

Ray Hedin

Audrey Heller

Marshall Jacobs

Iris Kiesling ~ President

Judith Rose

Anne Steigerwald ~ Secretary

Amalia Shifriss

Darrell Stone

Stan Wasserman 

Linda Whikehart

Svetla Vladeva, Ex Officio

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