JET Writer-in-Residence celebrates 20 years teaching play writing at OU

JET Writer-in-Residence celebrates 20 years teaching play writing at OU
Kitty Dubin

Lecturer Kitty Dubin will celebrate her 20th anniversary teaching playwriting courses at Oakland University this year. She created the first class in 1997 and now teaches beginning and advanced classes which are offered through both the theatre program and the English department.

Dubin mentors her students long after they have graduated, including introducing them into the local theatre network. It’s a measure of her success that more than 120 of her students’ plays have received awards, readings or full productions at theatres throughout Michigan and beyond.

This fall, a ten-minute version of Bronzeville Gold, a play by theatre alumna Anetria Cole (BA ’09), which has been produced as far afield as New Jersey, will be one of six plays in a showcase production by the newly formed Black and Brown Theatre, a grassroots project advocating for work created, directed and performed by theatre artists of color. You can see it at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum on October 30.

Dubin’s own work has been performed in theatres and festivals in New York and around the country, and on Michigan stages, including the Purple Rose Theatre Company, the Boars Head Theatre, Performance Network Theatre and the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET), where she is playwright-in-residence. The JET is North America’s longest continuously running professional Jewish theatre company.

This fall the JET will open its season with the world premiere of her new play, Rights of Passage, a blend of laugh out loud comedy and heartfelt drama, which explores the defining moments in the journey of life from birth to death. Sandra Birch, Julia Glander, Brian Michael Ogden, Fred Buchwalter, Meredith Deighton and Jamie Warrow play multiple roles under the direction of Tony Caselli, artistic director of the Williamston Theater.

The JET has released a video preview of Rights of Passage on Vimeo.

Dubin was recently featured in Birmingham Bloomfield Downtown and interviewed by the Jewish News.

Rights of Passage, Dubin’s seventh play at the JET, runs from October 22 until November 13. Tickets can be purchased by calling the JET at 248 788-2900 or online from their website.

The JET is located at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre, 6600 West Maple Road in the JCC in West Bloomfield at the corner of Maple and Drake Roads.

Detailed dates and times of performances:


Thurs. Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 22 at 5 p.m.

Regular Performances:

Sat. Oct. 22 at 8:30 p.m.

Sun. Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.

Fri. Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 29 at 5 and 8:30 p.m.

Sun. Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.

Thurs. Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 5 at 5 and 8:30 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

Fri. Nov. 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Sat. Nov.12 at 5 and 8:30 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. (in conjunction with the Jewish Book fair)