ABOUT AJRT

 

The Austin Jewish Repertory Theater engages Central Texans in theatrical experiences that explore Jewish voices, themes and stories. Through unique productions of both new and existing work, robust educational offerings, and innovative collaborations with fellow arts organizations, AJRT endeavors to entertain, to inspire, and to celebrate cultural diversity.

AJRT is proud to be part of JCC Austin, a branch of Shalom Austin.

ADAM ROBERTS

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

Adam Roberts has served as artistic director, musical director or choreographer for a wide range of companies, productions and initiatives throughout his career, with choreography credits including two European concert tours. His students have appeared in principal roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatre, been nominated for the Tony Award, and appeared in film, national tours, and on network television. 

Adam's credits include productions and/or faculty positions with the Austin Jewish Repertory Theater (Artistic Director), The Actor's School (Voice Faculty/Head of Musical Theatre), Long Center for the Performing Arts (Resident Musical Director for Education), TILT Performance Group (Co-Artistic Director), Austin Conservatory of Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, Ballet Austin Academy, Ground Floor Theatre, The Paramount Theatre, The State Theatre School of Acting, Trinity Street Players, Texas Arts Project, ZACH Theatre, Zilker Theatre Productions, and other entities producing and educational. He also serves Austin's St. Luke United Methodist Church as Music Director. 

In addition to his role as Musical Director of Music Theatre Online and Libretto with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Adam was for several years a contributing writer and arts critic with the Austin Chronicle. He holds a master's degree in music and college teaching certificate from the Florida State University and received undergraduate degrees from Kent State University and Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music.

Adam is a recipient of the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Music Direction, the Shalom Austin Exemplar of Excellence Award, and a New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowship. He holds membership in the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), The Voice Foundation (TVF), and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

JENNY LAVERY

Resident teaching artist

An actor, director, producer, and educator, Jenny's work has been locally recognized by the Austin Critic's Table, B Iden Payne Awards, and Central Texas Awards and the Austin Chronicle. Jenny won BEST DIRECTOR in Central Texas for her work on Bethany with Theatre en Bloc. 

NEW YORK THEATRE: Angels & Accordians, Dance Theatre Etcetera; Movie Geek, New York Fringe & Ars Nova; The Shape of Things, Hayes Theatre; The Hero Killed the Clown, Original Work Ensemble;Get On Top & Stay There, Original Work Ensemble; Three More Sleepless Nights, Agnes of God, Studio Theatre; When Grace Comes In, HotInk Festival; Romeo and Juliet at PHTS. 

REGIONAL THEATRE: Hair, Erie Playhouse; The Diary of Anne Frank, Tommy, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Academy Theatre; Godspell, Colt Station Place; Our Town, MASH Collective.

AUSTIN THEATRE: Cock, Jacob's Ladder, Violet Crown: Dog Town, Violet Crown;Salamander Town, Just Outside Redemption, Bethany, Austin Is A Place (You Are Here), American Bear, FAT PIG, Theatre en Bloc; Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Present Company; Seller Door, Sustainable Theatre Project; AIR, Vortex Repertory, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Baron’s Men; Lysistrata, Chaotic Theatre Company; A Little Night Music, Puttin’ It Together, Annie, Georgetown Palace Theatre; Almost Maine, Trinity Street Playhouse.

ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Pilot Balloon Artist Residency in Lawrence KS, Co-Artistic Director of Theatre en Bloc, Executive Director of Sustainable Theatre Project, B.F.A from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Masters from Boston Residency Program, Certified Special Education Teacher working with Behavioral, Social Emotional, and Moderate Disabilities for 8+ years.

 

JEFF MILLER

Resident Technical Director

Jeff Miller has served as AJRT's Resident Technical Director since the company's inception. His career includes credits as Sound Engineer for the Broadway productions and national tours of A Chorus Line, South Pacific, Zorba, Singin’ in the Rain, and The Mystery Of Edwin Drood as well as numerous films, videos, and commercials. He's also toured with multiple productions in the props and lighting departments and worked on various arena shows and concerts.

Regionally, Jeff has provided sound design for over 100 productions, including those produced by ZACH Theatre, Austin Theatre Project, Capitol City Playhouse, Austin Theatre for Youth, Second Youth Theatre, Different Stages, Summer Stock Austin, UT, Texas Arts Project, Abby Productions, Trinity Episcopal School, St. Andrews Episcopal School, Leander High School, McCallum High School, Theater at the J, and Agudas Arts. Additionally, he is Resident Sound Designer with TILT Performance Group. 

 

 

SCOTT FERGUSON

RESIDENT SCENIC DESIGNER

Scott Ferguson, a man of varied hats and as many talents, is well-known in the Austin theatre community as both designer and performer. His set design work has included productions of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, As Butterflies, Waiting for Godot, Into the Woods, and W., for which he was nominated for the B. Iden Payne Award in Scenic Design. Favorite performances include roles as Leo Frank in Parade and the annual Out Youth fundraiser he co-founded at Austin's St. Luke United Methodist Church, where he is Soloist in Residence. Scott is highly active as the Resident Technical Director of TILT Performance Group, where he's also at the helm of digital design. He holds an AA in General Arts from Austin Community College.

 

Austin Jewish Repertory Theater Committee Members

Jeff Miller, Steering Committee Chair

April Hudson, Development Chair

Sue Bilich

Lisa Cohen-Quay

Milaka Falk

Scott Ferguson

BJ Montgomery

Jane Newchurch

Jody Scalpati

Lisa Scheps