The Immigrant Experience Takes Center Stage at the Boulder JCC

Early in her career as a theater director and playwright, Amy Feinberg worked for the Ellis Island Museum.

While working her day job as a National Park Service ranger, she began compiling oral histories of immigrants who had come through Ellis Island. Out of those testimonials, Amy crafted a theater piece featuring three immigrants and an immigration official.

She contracted with a theater company and her piece began running every hour on the hour at Ellis Island Museum, with discussion following each performance. “Ellis Island Stories” ran from 1992 to 2000, and still plays international festivals and schools.

Several years ago, Boulder’s Mark Rudd produced a staged reading by Viva Theater at the Boulder Public Library.

With interest in immigration higher than ever, ACE is presenting a full performance of “Ellis Island Stories.”  Amy is casting local actors and directing the production, which will have two performances at the Boulder JCC, Thursday, November 21, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are $18 in advance/$22 at the door. A facilitated discussion follows the performances in Levin Hall. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

Amy Feinberg has been active in local theater since moving to Boulder several years ago. She is a freelance director, producer, and master teacher who has taught and premiered new plays around the country.

She holds an MFA in Directing from Northern Illinois University, is a proud member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, the Actors Equity Association, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Amy headed the Directing, Playwriting, and Production program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (2004-2012) and was the Producing Artistic Director of the Hypothetical Theatre Company in NYC for over 20 years. In New York, she directed dozens of world and NY premiere productions of playwrights such as Michael Weller, Jeffrey Sweet, Melanie Marnich, Don Nigro, Ari Roth, Jennifer Maisel, Lisa Dillman, and many others.

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About Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn has spent her professional life writing about, teaching, and presenting the arts. Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Kathryn was Director of Menorah and ACE at the Boulder JCC from 2003 through August, 2019. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time." kathryn.bernheimer@gmail.com

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