Skip To Content

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene To Host Immigration Arts Summit

In July, within sight of the Statue of Liberty, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will host a two-day immigration arts summit.

The event, scheduled for July 17 and 18, will coincide with the Folksbiene’s presentation of the original musical “Amerike — The Golden Land,” which opens July 4. Like that production, the summit will take place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park.

“All immigrant story-lines of starting new lives in America and pursuing the American Dream share many common threads,” Folksbiene CEO Christopher Massimine commented in a press release.

“There is so much we hope to learn about the positive and negative aspects of this uniquely American experience,” he added.

The summit, which will feature a keynote address from actor John Leguizamo, will involve organizations including the Pan Asian Repertory, Repertorio Español, Irish Repertory Theatre, and the Kairos Italy Theater. Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in the USA will also participate.

Also present will be Morris Vogel, executive director emeritus of the Tenement Museum, and Frank London of the Klezmatics.

The summit will conclude with a free public concert in Robert Wagner Park.


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.