Linda Steinberg, the Museum’s ace director of education, has another gig as executive director of The Thomashefsky Project. She founded the Project in 1998—together with Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas—to rescue, communicate and preserve the story of Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky, who founded Yiddish theater in America and had great influence on the development of American popular culture at the turn of the 19th century.
Part of that effort has been the creation and production of The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Jewish Theatre, presented by the NY Philharmonic last June. The show was recently acknowledged by The Forward as one of the five most important performances of 2011.
Here’s a tip of the ol’ baton and a standing O for that achievement.
Artifacts from the Thomashefskys can be seen on the Museum’s third floor, Dreams of Freedom, in the Yiddish theater. Tilson Thomas also appears in the Museum’s Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame, testifying to the achievements and impact of Leonard Bernstein.
--Contributed by Jay Nachman
Public Relations Director