AboutThe Arizona Jewish Theatre Company is a member of the Association for Jewish Theatre, Phoenix Community Alliance, Alliance for Audience and Arizona Citizens for the Arts. It was a recipient of the 1991 Belle Latchman Community Service Award. In 1994, the Company received the B'nai B'rith Womens Humanitarian Award for the work it does in bridging gaps of multi-cultural understanding, through the subject matter of its plays as well as the diversity of its casts, crews, and audiences. In 2000, the Company again received the Belle Latchman Community Service Award, this time for its Dear Esther school project, which brought in over 1500 school children to see this moving Holocaust remembrance. The Company has also received numerous AriZoni nominations and awards, and the producing Director, Janet Arnold, was named creative artist of the year as part of the YWCA Tribute to women 2001. This award is given to women in the community who have helped to empower women and to eliminate racism.
One of only five Equity companies in the Valley, AJTC is able to attract the top designers and technicians in the area, and the productions are recognized as high quality theatre. We operate under a Small Professional Theatrre contract with Actors Equity, which allows us to hire the most talented professional actors available.
Did You Know?AJTC is one of only a handful of professional companies in the Valley. We operate on a fraction of the budget of the larger companies; yet AJTC proudly uses many of the same actors, directors and designers you see on those other stages.
AJTC is one of the largest Jewish Theatres in all of North America.
As a professional company, we pay everyone involved with the production. The majority of our actors are professionals with Actors Equity (the professional actors' Union); and the majority of our directors are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Union.
Our largest supporters are the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. We also receive funding from Wells Fargo, APS, American Express, SRP and individual supporters. AJTC is a not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
As we continue to provide the highest artistic standards possible for you, our production costs continue to rise each year. Yet, we are determined to keep ticket prices affordable for all.
In addition to our main stage work, we provide summer theatre day camps for children and teens; produce 2 children's shows each year and have an on-going teen improvisational troupe.
AJTC is one of 9 local arts organizations that receives a Federal 21st Century Community Learning Grant. Our company is providing On-Camera classes to at-risk 4th and 5th graders in the Phoenix Elementary School District. 99% of the children are at or below poverty level. The students learn all aspects of acting in front of cameras and the workings behind the lens as well. Among other activities, they film a Public Service Announcement in English and Spanish for charities such as the Child Crisis Nursery and the St. Vincent DePaul Dental Clinic.
Producing Director - Janet ArnoldJanet Arnold is the founder and producing director of the Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, and has been an actress with various companies throughout the Valley for the past 18 years. Under her direction, the Company has grown since 1988 from a small community theatre with a $20,000 annual budget, to become one of only 5 Equity (professional) companies in the Valley, with an annual budget of over $300,000.
Janet is a past-president of the Association for Jewish Theatre, an international network of theatres and individuals dedicated to the enhancement of Jewish theatre. On the community volunteer level, Janet is a past chapter and Regional president of ORT, served a number of years on the Adult BBYO Board, is a volunteer reader for Sun Sounds Radio for the print-handicapped, and is a member of Jewish Women International and Temple Beth Israel. Janet was named Creative Artist of the Year by the YWCA and honored at their Tribute to Women 2001 Luncheon.