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Readers may recall that the previous artistic director of the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Michael Nathanson, was fired by the board of the WJT in February, 2014 and that the final production of the 2104 season was canceled.

The circumstances surrounding the board’s decisions were never publicly explained, although it is clear that the WJT had found itself in severe financial difficulties. This year the WJT reconstituted itself under the guidance of interim artistic director Kayla Gordon.
Following is a press release issued by the WJT:
The board of the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre is pleased to announce Ari Weinberg as its newest artistic director. Weinberg is no stranger to Winnipeg, having been mentored by Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Stephen Schipper. Weinberg brings a rich diversity of theatrical experience, remarkable outreach skills and tremendous energy and enthusiasm to WJT.
“I am humbled and honoured to become Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s next Artistic Director,” Weinberg said. “Being an artistic director has been my dream job since I was 13; I could not be more elated to assume the position at WJT.
“On a personal note, I am so thrilled to be relocating to Winnipeg,” he added. “The two times I worked there have been incredible experiences. The arts and culture scene is so vibrant and diverse, and I look forward to meeting, joining, supporting, and contributing to the community at large.”

The Torontonian officially begins his tenure as the theatre’s artistic director June 1, 2015. He replaces interim AD Kayla Gordon. Weinberg will be in Winnipeg on May 7 for the opening of Bad Jews, which makes its Canadian premiere at the Berney Theatre. Bad Jews runs from May 6-17. Tickets are $25-$40 (plus taxes and fees), and can be purchased on-line at or 204-477-7515.

Who is Ari Weinberg?

Ari is currently the Metcalf Foundation Intern Artistic Director for Acting Up Stage Company and the Internship Advisor for Sheridan College’s Music Theatre-Performance Program.
As a recipient of a 2013 Professional Theatre Training Program grant from Theatre Ontario, Ari assistant directed Salt Water Moon at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and was the Intern Artistic Director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre under the mentorship of Steven Schipper.
He also served as Discovery Coordinator at the Flato Markham Theatre, overseeing all the youth outreach programming and as the Fundraising and Events Coordinator for Lakeshore Arts’ 10th anniversary.
Director: Hugh and I (Toronto Fringe - Patron’s Pick); Godspell (Theatre Sheridan). Assistant Director: The Wild Party (Acting Up Stage Company); Sweeney Todd (Theatre Sheridan); Anyone Can Whistle (Talk Is Free Theatre). Dramaturge: Mickey and Judy (Toronto Fringe Festival- Patron’s Pick and Best of Fringe).
Actor (selected): Romeo and Juliet (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Peter Pan (Stratford); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Man of La Mancha (Theatre By The Bay); Swing!, Oliver!, The Mousetrap (Drayton Entertainment); Hana’s Suitcase (Magnus Theatre).
Ari is a certified teaching artist through the Stratford Festival and York University and has taught Shakespeare in elementary schools, high schools and colleges across Ontario. In 2010, as a response to the It Gets Better campaign, Ari created, produced and hosted Shameless for a Cause!, a series of cabaret evenings featuring local and international talent to raise money for LGBTQ youth initiatives. He is a proud graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre-Performance Program.




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