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David Y. Chack

Producing Artistic Director


Chack has a BFA in Acting from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts and the Circle in the Square Theatre School. He did his doctoral work at the Boston University under Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, and master's work at Tufts University with renowned theatre scholar Laurence Senelick.

Professional Background

Our producing artistic director is a professor at The Theatre School at DePaul University. He is also the executive director of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre.

In the summer of 2016, Chack facilitated the exhibition at the Yiddish Theatre and American Theatre called “From the Bowery to Broadway.” He has also written numerous articles on theatre for American Theatre Magazine, HowlRound, The Forward, Chicago Jewish News, and other print and online periodicals.

Production Experience

Chack has produced and directed various theatre productions around the country. These include “A Jewish Joke” at Victory Gardens, “The Timekeepers From Israel” at the Windy City Playhouse, “Angina Pectoris” at Theatre Wit, and “The Invasion of Skokie” at the JCC Theatre.

ShPIeL Staff

David Y. Chack

Producing Artistic Director, Chicago and Louisville

Joan Mazzonelli

Joan Mazzonelli

Managing Producer, Chicago

J. Barrett Cooper

Savage Rose Productions, Partnering with Bunbury-ShPIeL, Louisville

Sophia Pietrkowski

AJT Conference and Teatron Jewish Theatre Festival Coordinator, Chicago

Juergen Tossmann

Bunbury-ShPIeL Managing Director, Louisville

Hannah Green

Bunbury-ShPIeL Coordinator, Louisville


Tressa Park

Designer, Chicago

Molly Rosen

Molly Rosen

Intern, Chicago

Advisory Board Members

  • Colin Greer, New York City
  • Baron Kelly, Louisville, Ky.
  • Steven Miller, Chicago
  • Charlotte Newberger, Chicago
  • Robert Sachs, Louisville, Ky.
  • Ytasha Womack, Chicago
  • Jeffrey Jamner, Louisville, Ky.