Theater J

On The Bimah: Spotlighting Jewish Theatre Artists

By David Lloyd Olson July 11, 2023
On the Bimah podcast

Theater J Artistic Director Hayley Finn joins podcast host Danielle Levsky for an in-depth conversation.

Hayley Finn headshot

“Our Complex Selves”

For “Our Complex Selves” (Season 3, Episode 6), which dropped on Tuesday, July 11, we called to the Bimah the newest Artistic Director of Theater J, Hayley Finn, based in Washington DC.

Hayley joined us to discuss her approach to her new role, influenced by her diverse professional theatre experiences including her time at the Playwrights’ Center and on Broadway. Host Danielle Levsky delves into an enriching conversation with Hayley about the intersection of her Jewish identity and theater artist identity, and how these dimensions have shaped her vision for Theater J. They explore the theater’s mission of addressing the culture’s significant values and questions through the lens of the Jewish experience and the universal human condition, and discuss the themes of assimilation highlighted in the upcoming season, along with the introduction of the solo play series, ‘Here I Am’.

On the Bimah: Spotlighting Jewish Theatre Artists” (formerly known as Theatre Schmooze) is a monthly podcast where Jewish theatre makers from around the world chat about their art, Judaism, and vision for theater’s future. Hosted by Danielle Levsky, On The Bimah features one-on-one conversations with artists that will illuminate the heart, soul, and diversity of contemporary Jewish theatre.

This podcast is an Alliance for Jewish Theatre program, produced by Danny Debner and Danielle Levsky. Our theme music is by Ilya Levinson and Alex Koffman, and our logo is by Alize Francheska Rozsnyai.