“We believe that through the vitality of live theater, the rich cultural legacy of Yiddish and its literature will continue to thrive.”

Actress, 1907 St. Petersburg, God of Vengeance production (Archive, Yiddish Book Center/ Digital Yiddish Theater Project)

Yiddish Theatre Ensemble (YTE) is dedicated to producing the rich, rarely performed  repertory of dramas, musicals, and comedies from the past 150 years. YTE also develops new and original  works by living artists through performances, readings, lectures, and workshops. YTE strives to bring a contemporary approach and relevance to this legacy while staying true to the essence of the original scripts. Productions are in English and Yiddish with subtitles.

Laura Sheppard, producer and Bruce Bierman, director and co-artistic directors, have collaborated for more than a decade to create community-based productions in affiliation with fiscal sponsor KlezCalifornia. Their successes include the popular Yiddish musical Di Megileh of Itzik Manger, produced by the Yiddish Theater Collective (March 2014) and New Yiddish Theater (February 2015) as part of the Jewish Music Festival, as well as KlezCalifornia’s Cabaret by the Bay.

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Would you like to volunteer?   Be in touch!  info@yiddishtheatre-ensemble.org or Laura Sheppard (510) 205-0445