The Digital Yiddish Theatre Project [DYTP] uses digital technology to study and preserve the rich legacy of the Yiddish stage. Founded in 2012 by Joel Berkowitz and Debra Caplan, the DYTP comprises theatrical practitioners, research librarians, and scholars in higher education, who are among the world's leading authorities on Yiddish theatre and drama.

The DYTP was formed in recognition of the linguistic, cultural, and geographic complexity of the Yiddish theatre, and of the ability of emerging digital humanities tools and methods to address that complexity. Our projects to date are:

  • The DYTP Blog: featuring new scholarship on Yiddish drama and performance. Blog posts cover a wide range of topics and come in many formats, including reviews, interviews, biographical sketches, and long-form journalism.
  • Plotting Yiddish Drama [PYD]: a searchable database of English-language plot synopses of Yiddish plays.
  • The Encyclopedia of the Yiddish Theatre, volume 7: a digital publication, with supporting metadata, of the previously unpublished last volume of Zalmen Zylbercweig’s magisterial reference work.

The DYTP is designed for a variety of users, including theatre practitioners, students, teachers, researchers, translators, and the general public.