As concerns grow about the rise of white nationalism and anti-Semitism in the United States and abroad, a new program to create and promote theater about the Holocaust is being launched at the University of Miami.
Headed by Arnold Mittelman, the pioneering former head of the storied Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Holocaust Theater International Initiative will be part of the University's Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. The Initiative aims to advance research and education, and encourage productions, of Holocaust-related theater.
A University of Miami press release said the program was the first university-related effort of its kind. The Initiative is part of the National Jewish Theater Foundation, which Mittelman founded in 2007, and is already part of the Miller Center.
In a statement, Mittelman said the program aimed to encourage and educate people on Holocaust theater "as an artistic and moral compass that will educate and inspire current and future generations."