JWT’s Leadership advances the ideal that the lives and experiences of Jews in America, in all its diversity, should be represented on stage and documented for posterity.
Our Honorary Board includes Honey Kessler Amado, Nancy Berman, Cambria & Howard Gordon, Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Faye Moskowitz, Gina Nahai, Joy Picus, Gail Twersky Reimer, and Rosanne Ziering.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RONDA SPINAK (Artistic Director) created JWT’s At-Homes Salon Theatre Series and since has curated and produced more than 45 original Jewish-themed salon shows, as well as adapted many of the pieces performed. Spinak developed and produced Ovation-recommended Not That Jewish at JWT’s The Braid, which ran for 16 months, garnered an LA Drama Critics Circle nomination, and then moved to off-Broadway. She also produced Rain Pryor’s hit show Fried Chicken & Latkes and Vicki Juditz’s Ovation-recommended Sacred Resistance. Spinak co-wrote Stories from the Fringe, putting the stories of women rabbis on stage for the first time. Since then, she and her team have interviewed on videotape 180 national and international women rabbis, and in partnership with Jewish Women’s Archive have made many of the interviews available online at www.jwa.org. She has written for Rugrats, and her plays include Oscar Wilde’s Wife, a favorite at the Ashland New Play Festival. She is on the board of the Alliance for Jewish Theatres and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She feels blessed to be working with so many creative people who give their hearts and souls to JWT.
LYNNE HIMELSTEIN has dedicated herself to the Jewish community, assuming leadership positions on the board of National Women’s Philanthropy. In great demand as a speaker on Jewish philanthropy, she has traveled around both the United States and Israel, inspiring people to give to Jewish organizations. She is currently the chair of Lion of Judah Endowment for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and member of the board of Jewish Women’s Archive.
PATRICIA LINDEN is formerly the Director of Financial Management at the RAND Corporation, a non-profit policy research organization based in Santa Monica. She brings 30 years of financial management experience to her role on the JWT Board and she holds an MBA from UCLA. Prior to RAND she worked in public accounting for nine years with a specialty in entertainment and non-profits and worked in the film production and sports entertainment industry for six years prior to joining RAND in 1984.
Jackie’s career has included several professional areas including film production, nonprofit development and administration, physical fitness personal trainer and preschool teacher. She is presently Vice Chair of the Board of Jewish Women’s Theatre, and has served as a volunteer for seven years. Jackie co-founded the Los Angeles Children’s Museum, reopened today as The Discovery Cube LA. Jackie is currently developing several film projects.
Jennifer Roth Krieger has worked in local politics for nearly 30 years, beginning with NYC Mayor Ed Koch. Her professional life in Los Angeles includes working on children’s issues for County Supervisor Ed Edelman, serving as Deputy Mayor under Richard Riordan and currently working as Special Assistant to City Attorney Mike Feuer. Raised just outside of New York City, she has long embraced her Jewish identity – most recently as a Wexner Fellow, member of the Jewish Women’s Initiative and as an active member of the Nashuva community and University Synagogue. She joined the Jewish Women’s Theater Board of Directors in 2018. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband Dr. Lauren Eric Krieger, where they have raised their three children – Samantha, Noah, and Ezra.
SHARON LANDAU brings to JWT 20 years of non-profit leadership experience helping programs and organizations scale and thrive. As a non-profit Director and consultant, she engaged multidisciplinary stakeholders to design, pilot, scale and evaluate innovative programs improving contraceptive access at local, state and national levels that became replicable models. She launched Pharmacy Forward, the nation’s first leadership program for pharmacists in reproductive health. She previously worked in management consulting for Kaiser Permanente and as clinic manager for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. She holds a Masters in Public Health from UCLA and is an alumnae of CA Women’s Policy Institute and Center for Collaborative Planning’s Leadership Institute.
JODIE KAY is a licensed architect, and works in downtown Los Angeles managing construction of culture and entertainment venues for Cumming, an international project management and cost consulting company. When she’s not working at her day job, she is volunteering for Jewish Women’s Theatre, and spending time with her family and friends.
JANIS C. NELSON has worked in the entertainment industry for over 40 years. She is an entertainment attorney with the law firm of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams + Sheppard, LLP in Beverly Hills, representing production companies, financiers, producers, writers, directors and actors working in theatre, film, television, publishing and new media. She has served on the boards of several prominent arts and media organizations, including Women in Film, Los Angeles Ballet and Dance Camera West. She began her career at the Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center in New York City and she is a graduate of Barnard College and the UCLA School of Law.
JWT ADVISORY COUNCIL
SUSAN BASKIN has written extensively for film and television. “Violet,” a film she wrote, won an Academy Award. Susan has published essays in various magazines, among them The Los Angeles Times Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine. “I, Citizen,” a piece she wrote for Jewish Women’s Theater, was commissioned for the Fall 2018 Fundraiser. “The Perfect Dive” was performed in the March 2019 JWT production, “It’s A Life.” Susan is currently at work on a novel.
Robbie Diamond was born and raised in Los Angeles, attending Dorsey High School and Cal State Northridge. She has worked in many fields including founding the Kindergarten Extended Day Program at Warner Avenue School, which was the predecessor to the STAR Education program. Robbie was a personal assistant to real estate developer and art collector Arthur Gilbert for twelve years, and then, upon his death, she became the administrator of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation. She has volunteered with many groups over the years, including The Beauty Bus, P.S. Arts and the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
Robbie loves to bake, read, travel and spend time with her family, including her two grandchildren, Oliver and Quinn.
Amirose Eisenbach is a writer and producer, with fifteen years of entertainment experience. She’s previously worked at Warner Bros., FOX Interactive Media and at AMC Theatres editorial, where she ran the independent film division. In 2016, to help champion independent cinema even further, Amirose launched Radiant J. Productions. Focusing on elevating female creatives, spreading mindfulness and making positive social impact in the community, Radiant J. is determined to bring more meaningful and important content into the world.
SHERRI W. MORR has spent the majority of her career as a professional fundraiser. In addition to the Jewish community, she developed campaigns at Tufts University, the Baltimore Symphony, Oakwood School in LA, and the Park School in Baltimore. Her writing began with training scripts, memoirs, and short stories, and she has been published on EJewish Philanthropy with technical articles about fundraising, leadership relationships, and why people give. In 2016 Sherri was married after being on her own for almost 20 years! She wrote about it in her essay “Go to Shule.” Currently Sherri is still writing and still fundraising.
LISA PEARL ROSENBAUM (Writer/Dramaturg/Podcaster) is the author of the novel A Day of Small Beginnings (Little, Brown & Co. 2006) and has recently completed a new novel, Sacrificial Man. She is a JWT writer and dramaturg and, with a small but mighty team, produces and hosts JWT’s podcasts and the unique Sunday at The Braid events. This past year, Lisa wrote Stories from the Violins of Hope – a theatrical event for six actors and five musicians – about stringed instruments that miraculously survived the Holocaust, and the family of violin-makers who brought them back to life. The debut performance, with the LA Jewish Symphony Chamber players performing on original Holocaust instruments, has been postponed to January 2021.
SANDY SAVETT is a retired family and child therapist. For over 20 years she worked with at-risk families dealing with abuse, neglect and cultural difference in child rearing. She developed her love of theatre in Toronto and frequent family visits to New York.
DEBORAH SIBERSTEIN SHKUROVICH was born and raised in Mexico City, where she graduated summa cum laude from the Universidad Iberoamericana with a BA in Communications. She worked as copywriter at Foote, Cone and Belding in Mexico City, and then moved to the US to pursue a MSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Upon graduation, she worked as managing editor at Cahners Publishing. While raising three children, she works as a freelance translator and is a certified college counselor from UCLA. Deborah is the author of “Learning to Howl,” which was featured in JWT’s Chutzpah and Salsa show.
Wendy Turk is a native Angeleno. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in sociology and received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Licensed to practice in California, she now works in property management for a family-owned business. Wendy volunteers and has served in leadership roles with various social justice and political organizations and causes. Her participation with JWT’s leadership follows on the heels of her son, Chandler’s, involvement as an Emerging Artists literary fellow with JWT. Wendy lives in Los Angeles with her husband Jeff and, in addition to having raised their grown son Chandler, they have an adorable bichon poodle, Sushi.