Questioning: Adena Jacobs & Theo Boltman

26 August 2021
Thursday 6.30 – 7.30pm
Jewish Museum of Australia

This series of talks pairs prominent figures with young and emerging voices for a bold and rigorous discussion on aspects of Jewish identity. Highlighting a diversity of viewpoints and allowing space for questioning, doubt and exploration, this discussion series aims to both interrogate and illuminate what it means to be Jewish today.

Join award-winning theatre director Adena Jacobs and performer and podcast host Theo Boltman in conversation on art, activism and the intersections of queer and Jewish identity.

Joel Lazar and Mia Kline

Adena Jacobs
Adena Jacobs is a theatre director and the Artistic Director of independent company Fraught Outfit. Her distinct body of work incorporates queer and feminist renderings of mythic texts, notably The Bacchae (Fraught Outfit/St Martins/MIAF), Titus Andronicus (Bell Shakespeare), Wizard of Oz (Belvoir), Antigone (Malthouse) and Persona (Fraught Outfit). In Australia, her work has been seen at Melbourne Festival, Carriageworks, Dark Mofo, Sydney Opera House, MTC, Theatre Works, La Mama, Malthouse and Belvoir where she was also Resident Director. Internationally, Adena directed Salome for the English National Opera in London, and The Howling Girls at Tokyo Festival. In 2022, her production of Trojan Women will premiere at Vienna’s Burgtheatre.

Theo Boltman
Theo Boltman is a 15-year-old performer, activist and ballet dancer. They are in year 10 at the King David School and enjoy Literature, Religion and Society and History. They started performing in 2017 in Book of Exodus Part II, directed by Adena Jacobs. They have since performed in productions about refugees, bodies, and mermaids around Australia and in Europe. They started their activism in 2018 and have volunteered with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, School Strike 4 Climate and Melbourne Youth for Refugees. They have also produced a podcast since 2019 called Beyond the Echo Chamber where they interview people across the political spectrum to move beyond the echo chamber of their own thoughts and learn about new ideas. You can find this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.