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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

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David Y. Chack
Producing Artistic Director, Chicago and Louisville

Joan Mazzonelli

Joan Mazzonelli
Managing Producer, Chicago


Paul T. Carney
Technical Coordinator/Sound & Video Artist, Louisville

Advisory Board Members

  • Colin Greer, New York City
  • Baron Kelly, Louisville, KY
  • Steven Miller, Chicago
  • Yehudah Jai Husband, Louisville, KY
  • Robert Sachs, Louisville, KY
  • Ytasha Womack, Chicago
  • Jeffrey Jamner, Louisville, KY