Segal ♥ Dora

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
A Campaign Celebrating the legacy of Dora Wasserman Z’L, CM, CQ

Option A: After Party Only: 50$
Option B: Show & After Party: 180$
Gala Tickets include VIP Cocktail & A + B: 750$

On May 14, 2015, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts will be hosting its gala which will mark the closing of its Segal ♥ Dora campaign and its most successful season to date.

This landmark event will pay tribute to the legacy of Dora Wasserman, Founding Artistic Director of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, regarded by many as the most prestigious Yiddish theatre in the world. The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre is an integral part to our performing arts centre that celebrates the cultural diversity of our unique city. We are proud to have shared a home with this illustrious company for nearly 50 years.

Influenced in no small part by Dora’s legacy, the Segal remains committed to promoting cultural diversity, to maintaining the highest artistic standards and to supporting the development of emerging artists. With the help of supporters like you, we continue to make the arts accessible and inspiring to all as we play our part in leading the performing arts world of tomorrow. 


Following the record-breaking world-premiere of Belles Sœurs – The Musical, first performed at the Segal in Yiddish over 20 years ago, English Montreal’s iconic work, Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz – The Musical will have its premiere in June. Behind this exciting premiere is composer Alan Menken, winner of 11 Grammys, 8 Oscars, 7 Golden Globes and 1 Tony (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, etc.), who will take the stage to pay tribute to Dora at our Gala.


Honouree Dora Wasserman z’l, CM, CQ
Special guest Alan Menken
DWYT Artistic Director Bryna Wasserman
Event Chair Ronnie Roter 

Event Committee
Paula Baker, Elsa Beker, Laya Blander, Paula Blitstein, Stephanie Brodkin, Betti Carpman, Terry Convoy, Joanne Cutler, Ellyn Delovitch, Diane Edelman, Stephanie Finkelstein, Shari Fleming, Paula Frank, Luana Fruchter, Marla Gutherz, Courtney Hughes, Edna Janco, Dana Kobernick, Sharon Koifman, Edit Kuper, Hélène Langlois, Jacquie Schloss Young, Rhona Sobol, Arlene Sternthal, Arlene Walters Cohen, Rhonda Yagod

Production team
Director Jim White
Music Director Nick Burgess
Costume Designer Louise Bourret
Video Designer George Allister

DWYT Liaison Sivan Slapak
Stage Manager Chana Ellman


Please contribute to making Dora’s dream a reality and join us as we celebrate the everlasting Segal ♥ Dora relationship, by making a contribution, purchasing tickets or sponsoring the event.

Levels of contribution (click here)



Dora Wasserman’s love of Yiddish theatre accompanied her from the Soviet Union where she was born in 1919, to Montreal, Canada, where she lived from 1950 until her demise on December 15, 2003. Among the many honours accrued to Dora was the Order of Canada, awarded in 1992. In 2003, she was inducted as a Chevalier of the Order of Quebec. One of her most treasured prizes – a lifetime achievement award of the Académie québécoise du théâtre – came from her peers in Quebec. Dora Wasserman’s contribution to Yiddish and Canadian theatre is unparalleled. Indeed, she was the first to demonstrate that a theatre of diversity can survive and flourish in Canada, and she did so with an all-consuming selfless dedication to her art.


Over the past 50 years, the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre has presented more than 85 plays at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal and on tour in 48 cities in North America, Israel and Europe. It has built bridges to the French and English theatre communities through collaborative projects and received numerous awards. The Yiddish Theatre was renamed in Dora’s honour in 2002. Today, the great treasures of Yiddish culture that Dora Wasserman sought to sustain over fifty years ago are being passed on to yet another generation. This Yiddish Theatre has many reasons to celebrate. Its audiences keep growing, numbering in the thousands for each production, and young actors keep joining the large repertory company. Its plays – classics and original works, dramas and musicals – are critically acclaimed. Its archives record the treasures of the past while Young Actors for Young Audiences (YAYA), its youth wing, remains vibrant and popular, and has spread messages of tolerance to thousands of students in Montreal, across Canada and abroad.