The Jewish Theatre Ensemble is one of nine student-run theatre boards at Northwestern University. Founded in 1995 by a group of five students who were intent on expanding the university's student-theatre community by producing plays and musicals involving Jewish themes, JTE has since presented over fifty of these productions to students at Northwestern, as well as members of the Evanston community. In addition to producing work by established playwrights, JTE has begun to explore new plays and playwrights; in the more distant past, JTE sponsored a playwriting festival for aspiring writers at Northwestern, and in December 2009 sponsored a One-Acts festival of new works exploring Judaism. And you don't have to be Jewish to be involved!
The Jewish Theatre Ensemble exists to provide the Northwestern community with high quality entertainment and exposure to Jewish involvement in the arts. The organization aspires to challenge common perceptions and generate conversation relating to issues that fall within the resonance of the Jewish experience through artistic media with particular relevance to the Northwestern community. JTE will be involved in the celebration and education of Jewish culture on campus. In order to do this, The Jewish Theatre Ensemble will operate at a level of artistic excellence as well as encourage and support creative endeavors that promote Jewish themes in the arts.