GALLERY PLAYERS

Gallery Players produces theater of the highest artistic expression, reflecting a Jewish perspective while exploring our common humanity. Building on its rich history, Gallery Players strives to challenge and inspire audiences and artists alike.

We hold open auditions year-round for actors of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and experience levels. More information on next season’s auditions soon to come! The best way to stay in touch with us regarding auditions and casting is to follow us on Facebook!

For more information, please contact Giselle Siegel at gsiegel@columbusjcc.org

HISTORY

In the late 1940’s, the foremost community theater in Columbus was the Players Club Theater. As a club, this group did not permit the participation of African Americans or Jews. Finally, a group of Hadassah women who were interested in theater, met at the home of Florence Zacks (Melton) to organize a theater activity in which members of the Jewish community could comfortably take part.

The R. G. Barry Corporation offered loft space to this fledging drama group on the top floor of its factory at 80 1/2 East Long Street. It was within this space that Gallery produced its first production in May 1950 and this initial effort was met with great interest by the Jewish community.

The new Jewish Center was under construction at the time and the program department of the agency offered its multi-purpose room as a site for the group to stage its future productions. The group readily accepted and became an adult activity offered by the Center. Realizing that in order to present plays at their highest level and have audiences accept the playwright’s intention, the group reached out to the general community for additional talented individuals.

Thus, Gallery Players became the first community theater in Central Ohio to implement a casting policy that did not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or gender.

Today, Gallery Players continues this inclusive tradition. We always strive to bring Central Ohio the very best that community theatre can offer, which can only be achieved by relying on the talents of a diverse cross section of people. These talented people will be the ones that ensure Gallery stays strong for another 60+ seasons!

Giselle Siegel

Artistic Director

This is Giselle’s second season with Gallery Players. She spent 15 years in New York City working professionally as an actress, director, producer, choreographer, and teaching artist in children’s theater, national tours, Off-Broadway, and regional theater. Select acting credits: “Into The Woods” (Cinderella), “Sweeney Todd” (Tobias), “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” (Lala), “Isn’t It Romantic” (Harriet), “Click, Clack, Moo” (Cow 2), and “James and the Giant Peach” (Theaterworks National Tour as James). Select Directing/Choreography credits: “The Little Mermaid Jr.”, “Annie Jr.”, “The Wiz”, “Once Upon A Mattress”, “1776”, “Little Shop Of Horrors”, “13”, “Into The Woods”, “Pippin”, “Fiddler On The Roof” and most recently “Jungle Book Kids” (CJDS) and “Lion King Jr.” (JCC Theater Camp). Giselle received her musical theater training from AMDA in New York, and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The New School and an M.S.ED degree in Educational Theatre from The City College. She relocated to Columbus in 2017 and lives in Bexley with her husband Chanan, and daughters 1 year old Sadie and 3 year old Liana.

Support

Gallery Players is funded by the Lenore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Arts Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, A JewishColumbus Partner and in partnership with Greater Columbus Arts Council

Contact

GISELLE SIEGEL
Gallery Players Artistic Director
gsiegel@columbusjcc.org
(614) 559-6233

MELANIE BUTTER
Chief Program Officer
mbutter@columbusjcc.org
(614) 559-6233