Taught by Adam Immerwahr and Ilya Tovbis
Thursdays, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
6 Sessions, January 14 – February 18
Registration deadline: January 11

$189 ($169 for JxJ Donors of certain levels*)

How does a play transform when it is adapted into a film? What are the similarities and differences between the work of a theater and film director? Is it still the same piece of art across two different media? In this first-of-its-kind class team-taught by the leaders of the EDCJCC’s Theater and Film programs, you’ll gain fresh insights into narrative, perspective, and art-making. Join Theater J’s Adam Immerwahr and JxJ’s Ilya Tovbis in comparing scripts to screenplays and productions to cinema as we dive into the connection between these two forms of storytelling. This is a discussion-based, participatory course.

Please note: Script purchases and film rentals will be required.


Adam Immerwahr is a director and theater producer. He is currently the artistic director of Theater J, the nation’s premier Jewish theater. 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. Adam is a graduate of Brown University, where he majored in Theatre, Speech and Dance, and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Ilya Tovbis is the Artistic and Managing Director of JxJ, and for 8 years the Director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. He has been a guest programmer at the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) and the Virginia Film Festival (VAFF). His film reviews and industry breakdowns have been published in indieWire, Slant Magazine, and Flavorpill.