Jewish Repertory Theatre

David Bunis, Founding Producer
Saul Elkin
, Founding Artistic Director


Mission Statement

The Jewish Repertory Theatre is a program of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. Founded in 2002, the JRT is a professional theatre whose mission is to present high quality plays grounded in Jewish life, themes, and values. Through our productions, audiences of diverse beliefs and backgrounds explore both the uniqueness of Jewish heritage and cultural experiences, as well as those that are shared with others. Drama illuminates the human condition, and the JRT strives to bring this into focus through the lens of Jewish theatre. The Jewish Repertory Theatre is theatre for everyone. 

About Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York

Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York was founded in 2003 by David Bunis and Saul Elkin and is a program of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. JRT provides an avenue for theatrical productions and education relevant to Jewish life. The themes range through historic and modern times. The intent is to showcase Jewish culture as an intrinsic part of the North American mosaic. Artistic excellence has quickly propelled JRT into the upper ranks of this area's regional theaters.

In its 15th season, the Jewish Repertory Theatre presents: A Sentimental Journey.
“This season we are looking forward to bringing back a couple of “old” friends – VISITING MR. GREEN and ROSE - who helped us start our JRT journey as well as SIGHT UNSEEN, which along with BROOKLYN BOY and COLLECTED STORIES will be the third Donald  Margulies play that we have produced,” says Saul Elkin, JRT Founding Artistic Director. “These are productions that we first presented in other Buffalo theatres before we had a home of our own. Revisiting these wonderful stories and characters in our own theatre space is an exciting venture which we are pleased to offer our audiences.”

In 2016/17, JRT was honored with an Artie Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a play – Tom Makar - for The Great God Pan. In 2015/16, JRT was honored with the Katharine Cornell Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Visiting Artist, presented to Rebecca Elkin, who starred in Beau Jest. In 2014, JRT was honored with an Artie Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for DAI - Josie DiVincenzo - and in 2012, JRT took Outstanding Supporting Actor for Driving Miss Daisy - Stan Klimecko. In 2009, JRT was honored with an Artie Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for Awake & Sing!  - Ellen Horst - and an Artie Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical, Hello Muddah! Hello Fadduh!: The Allan Sherman Musical - Tim Newell. JRT has been honored with awards for outstanding production two consecutive years, 2008: Spree Magazine's Best of Western New York for Kindertransport; and 2007: Artie Award for The Sisters Rosensweig. JRT's production of Golda's Balcony (June 2008) was transported to Rochester where it was the premiere production at CenterStage (JCC Rochester) that season.

Since its formation, JRT has collaborated with other leading theaters to bring to Buffalo shows that have become critical and audience favorites (2003: Visiting Mr. Green [with Buffalo United Artists]; 2005: Good [with Irish Classical Theatre Company]).  In 2014/15, JRT welcomed Theatre of Youth as it launched a new initiative: Theatre for the Very Young, with a production of Balloonacy in September 2014 and Teddy Bear Picnic in June, 2015.

JRT is strongly committed to sharing the Jewish story and works cooperatively with schools and educational programs in that regard.  It is through these works that JRT hopes to articulate the Jewish experience in America and detail the efforts of Jewish artists to reflect the vibrant Jewish community.

2018 - 2019 Season


Talley's Folly
2/07/2019 - 3/03/2019

Looking Through Glass
5/09/2019 - 6/02/2019