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Adam Immerwahr is a director and theater producer. In 2022, he completed his tenure as artistic director of Theater J. He served as the Associate Artistic Director at McCarter Theatre, a Tony Award-winning regional theater in Princeton, NJ. Adam also served as Resident Director at Passage Theatre and the Artistic Director of OnStage, an ensemble of retired Mercer County residents who collect and perform the stories of their community.

At Theater J, Adam led the revitalization of the nation’s premier Jewish theater after it had been met with enormous controversy leading to substantial losses. Within his first season, he led the theater to a balanced budget and continued growth over the coming years. He created and launched Theater J’s Expanding the Canon initiative, raising nearly $200,000 to commission seven racially and ethnically diverse Jewish playwrights to create and develop seven new works of theater that thematically center Jews of Color. He launched the Yiddish Theater Lab, commissioning four new adaptations or translations, producing many readings and workshops of forgotten Yiddish masterpieces, and producing the English-language world premiere of one of the most famous Yiddish classics: Mirele Efros (The Jewish Queen Lear). Adam launched a series of “Classes for Theater Lovers” that brought over $40,000 in income to DC theater artists during the pandemic closures, and many hundreds of adult theater learners. Under Adam’s leadership, Theater J increased its artist compensation substantially and created a culture of ethical, transparent, and candid producing that brought the top tier of DC’s theater artists back to Theater J. Next season, Theater J productions Adam launched will be transferring to Cleveland Play House and touring Michigan. Adam left Theater J in 2022 at the completion of his second contract, with the theater in extraordinary artistic and fiscal health.

At McCarter Theatre, Adam served on the producing team of multiple productions that transferred to Broadway and Off-Broadway, including the world premiere of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (which won the Tony Award for Best Play). Other notable producing credits include the original production of Fiasco Theater's Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre, The Old Globe, the Roundabout, the West End, national tour); the original developmental production of Danai Gurira's Eclipsed, directed by Liesl Tommy (a subsequent Broadway production garnered six Tony Award nominations); and the world premieres of Ken Ludwig's Baskerville and A Comedy of Tenors, Stephen Wadsworth's The Figaro Plays, and Tarell McCraney's Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, as well as world premieres by Edward Albee, John Guare, Marina Carr, Will Power, and Rachel Bonds. Directors whose work he has produced or associate produced include Roger Rees, Nicholas Martin, Rebecca Taichman, Tina Landau, Des McAnuff, Sam Buntrock, Liesl Tommy, John Doyle, Mary Zimmerman, Stephen Wadsworth, Phylicia Rashad, John Kani, Amanda Dehnert, and Aaron Posner.

Adam was a recipient of a 2008 Drama League Directing Fellowship and a member of the Luna Stage Directors’ Lab in 2006-2007. He is the winner of a National Merit Award, the Young Scholar Award, the Weston Award for Directing, and the Brown University Shakespeare Prize. He recently received the NJ Theatre Alliance Applause Award and the Fairleigh Dickinson University / Center for Nonprofits Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award.

Adam has taught classes, masterclasses, and workshops in casting, producing, community-based performance, devised theater, audition technique, and acting at Princeton University, Juilliard, Arcadia University, George Washington University, Rider University, Kean University, Westminster Choir College, Chautauqua Theater, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and others.

As a director, Adam’s credits include international: The Convert (Zimbabwe); Off-Broadway: Missing Celia Rose (SPF 2007, Theatre Row), The Chimes (SPF 2009, The Public Theater); Spirit Sex: A Paranormal Romance (Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC as part of the Going to the River Festival); Bacteria and Ground (The Wild Project, Theater Masters). Regional and NYC: Sleuth (cancelled due to COVID), The Understudy, The Mousetrap, A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre); Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Walnut Street Theater - and national tour); Familiar (Woolly Mammoth); Ken Ludwig's Sherwood (Cleveland Play House); Nathan the Wise, Sheltered, The Last Schwartz, Roz and Ray and The Jewish Queen Lear (Theater J); Fires in the Mirror (Theater J and Theatrical Outfit), Hannah and By The Water (Premiere Stages); Love and Communication (winner of the Brown Martin Philadelphia Award), Slippery As Sin, Trenton Lights, and Blood: A Comedy (Passage Theatre); The Possibilities, The Thing About Air Travel, The Kid Who Talked To Penguins (Hangar Theatre); Ground, Some Old Black Man, and Bacteria (Theater Masters); A Little Night Music (Princeton Summer Theater); Know Dog (Luna Stage); and others. Other credits include: Once Upon a Mattress, Measure for Measure; Metamorphoses; Marowitz’s The Shrew; Endgame; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; and Hush: An Interview with America. Adam is a graduate of Brown University, where he majored in Theatre, Speech and Dance, and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Adam Immerwahr News


Village Theatre has announced the cast and creative team of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the inspiring real-life story of chart-topping musical legend Carole King's remarkable rise to stardom. 


Author Ken Ludwig has certainly had a prolific career filled with some wonderful gems, “Crazy for You”, “Lend Me a Tenor”, and “Moon Over Buffalo” to name just a few. So, Village Theatre’s new production of his 2017 work, “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” sounds like a rollicking good time. Unfortunately, this new retelling of a classic adventure meanders about awkwardly not knowing what it wants to be. And that’s just one of the two big problems of a production that just laid there hoping the audience would find something funny in it.

Kennedy Center GUYS AND DOLLS, Kevin Chamberlin, And More Win Helen Hayes Awards

This evening, the 2023 Helen Hayes Awards took place at The Anthem on the District Wharf, with over 1,600 theatre-makers and theatre supporters in attendance. Esteemed Washington theatre artists Naomi Jacobson, Erika Rose, Holly Twyford, and Christopher Michael Richardson hosted an evening showcasing the vibrant and diverse community of professional theatre artists in the Washington region.

HELLO, DOLLY! Comes To Village Theatre This Summer

Starring the incomparable Bobbi Kotula as Dolly Gallagher Levi, Hello, Dolly! triumphantly comes to Village Theatre this summer.

Village Theatre Announces 2023-2024 Season

Under new leadership, Village Theatre has announced their 2023-2024 season, which features a collection of extraordinary musicals and plays that will bring exquisite music, unforgettable stories, and powerful theatricality to Village’s venues in both Issaquah and Everett, Washington.

Village Theatre Announces Award-Winning Music Director R.J. Tancioco As Artistic Associate

Village Theatre has announced R.J. Tancioco is joining the artistic staff of the theatre as an Artistic Associate. Tancioco is an award-winning, Northwest-based Music Director who has done much of his work at Village Theatre, as well as in numerous theatres throughout the Puget Sound region.

Phillipa Soo, Steven Pasquale, Ali Ewoldt And More Nominated for Helen Hayes Awards

Nominations have been announced for the 37th Helen Hayes Awards, which will be presented on Monday, May 22. Nominees include productions from Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre and more.

Review: TWO JEWS WALK INTO A WAR. . . at Theater J

'Two Jews Walk into a War. . .' manages to only retread oft-explored grounds, and fails to even do so in a unique or particularly insightful way.

Theater J to Present TWO JEWS WALK INTO A WAR...A VAUDEVILLE Beginning in January

Beginning on January 11 and running through February 5, 2023, Theater J will bring Two Jews Walk Into a War… A Vaudeville to the stage. The play, which has been updated for this production, is written by Seth Rozin and will be directed by former Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr.

TRU Announces Community Gathering Via Zoom - A TALE OF TWO THEATERS: Papermill Playhouse And The Village Theatre

A dependable haven for artists in isolation, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is now into its second year of non-stop weekly Community Gatherings this Friday, having offered to date over 100 conversations and unlimited camaraderie since April 17, 2020.

TRU To Host Community Gatherings Via Zoom - Adding Virtual To The Commercial Development Toolbox

A dependable haven for artists in isolation, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is now into its second year of non-stop weekly Community Gatherings this Friday, having offered to date over 100 conversations and unlimited camaraderie since April 17, 2020.

Industry Pro Newsletter: The Paradox of Pay Equity, COVID Spread in NYC High Once Again

As calls for unpaid internships to come to an end continue, many are re-evaluating their budgets and business models - with some adjusting their production model, and others looking at the financial realities and closing their doors.

Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr to Become Artistic Director of Village Theatre

The Edlavitch DCJCC has announced that Adam Immerwahr, Theater J’s Artistic Director since December 2015, will be departing in July to be the Artistic Director of Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA.

Village Theatre Announces New Leadership With New Artistic Director and First-Ever Managing Director

Village Theatre announces Adam Immerwahr (Washington DC’s Theater J) as its next Artistic Director and Laura Lee (Seattle’s ArtsWest) as its first-ever Managing Director.


'Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities' is an intense, but fascinating portrait of community and identity, with a powerhouse creative team on and off the stage.

The Alliance for Jewish Theatre Hires New Executive Director

The Alliance for Jewish Theatre (AJT), the only international organization promoting Jewish theatre worldwide, has hired Oregon-based theatre director, arts administrator, teacher, and arts advocate Willow Jade Norton as its new Executive Director.

Theater J Presents FIRES IN THE MIRROR Beginning Next Month

Beginning on June 9, and running through July 3, 2022, Theater J brings Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities to the stage. The groundbreaking documentary play was conceived, written, and originally performed by Anna Deavere Smith in the wake of the violence and unrest that struck the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, in 1991.

Irish Yiddishist Caraid O'Brien to Adapt Sholem Asch's RABBI DOCTOR SILVER

Theater J, the nation’s largest and most prominent Jewish theater and Solas Nua, Washington DC’s leading multidisciplinary Irish arts organization, have announced a co-commission of Irish Yiddishist Caraid O’Brien. O’Brien will translate and adapt Sholem Asch’s classic Yiddish play Rabbi Doctor Silver. 

Yiddish Theater Lab Spring Series Announced at Theater J

Theater J, the nation's largest and most prominent Jewish theater, is proud to announce their Yiddish Theater Lab Spring 2022 Series, which will take place throughout the month of May 2022.

Theater J and Mosaic to Host Fundraiser Benefit for Ukraine

Theater J and Mosaic Theater, both located in Washington, DC, are collaborating to produce an evening of short Ukrainian plays benefiting Ukrainian charities. The in-person event, consisting of readings of short contemporary plays, will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 8:00 pm at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC). The evening will raise funds for Ukrainian causes and highlight the plight of artists in Ukraine while showcasing the plays. Some of these plays were commissioned, written, and translated just in the last few weeks, and are based on what the playwrights are currently experiencing in their war-torn country.

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