News & Announcements

Meet Ronda Spinak | Founder & Artistic Director of a nonprofit story company called The Braid

We had the good fortune of connecting with Ronda Spinak and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ronda, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by courage. People who take risks. Acts of selflessness and kindness.


Thrilling and Tragic Stories of Jewish Circus Artists and Owners Before World War II Coming to The Braid

The thrilling and tragic stories of Jewish artists and circus owners who captivated Europe with their amazing acts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are coming to The Braid for Circus Jews, an international Zoom event on Sunday, August 8…


In Los Angeles, a theatre spotlight shines on next-gen Iranian-American voices

When she was growing up in Woodland Hills in Los Angeles’s suburban San Fernando Valley, Ora Yashar felt very American. But at home, her parents were preoccupied with their native Iran. “I always heard stories,” Yashar told the Forward. “My parents were always talking about life before the Revolution. They always talk about Iran….”


The Braid Shines a Light on Persian American Stories

The Braid in Santa Monica, formerly known as The Jewish Women’s Theatre, is committed to authentic storytelling. It is why, when they returned to share stories of second-generation Iranian Americans after a successful run nine years ago of first-generation stories, they turned to the community to curate and perform the stories. “Persian Sunrise, American Sunset” focuses on Iranian Americans who were born in the United States and who sometimes clash with the older generation with whom they diverge culturally even while respecting their wisdom and experience….


Five Persian Food Faves!

Persian Sunrise, American Sunset
A banquet of discoveries await you.

Meet our actors and writers as they share their favorite Persian dishes. Then welcome them as they bring incredible
true stories into your home.