JCC Spotlight: Mac Cherny

Life for Mac Cherny has come full circle at the Mandell JCC.  When his family moved to West Hartford, he started in the JCC preschool, where his love for theater took center stage!


Mac’s theatrical journey began in the Herbert Gilman Theater, where under the direction of Carolyn Weiser, he first played a servant and was a featured dancer in the Youth Theater production of Cinderella. From there, Mac went on to participate in the JCC’s Teen productions, in roles that included Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business, Danny Zuko in Grease and the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors

From there, Mac found his way to the director’s chair, single-handedly directing and organizing an all-teen production of 13! The Musical. He also directed and choreographed the musical version of The Wedding Singer, at  the JCC’s Herbert Gilman Theater. Mac then used his newfound leadership skills as Executive Director of Camp UT, a Unified Theater Camp that welcomes campers of all abilities, held at the Mandell JCC during the summer of 2015. He also used his talents to host a special puppetry workshop for children at the JCC. In his time here at the Jewish Community Center, Mac has had the distinguished honor of receiving the Davidson Award for Outstanding Teen Leadership. 

This summer, Mac has taken on the role of a lifetime as head of the Mandell JCC’s 2017 Summer Theater Camp. He is directing and leading this summer’s production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the same show that gave him his acting debut so many years ago. He is directing an incredible cast of young campers with the help of Musical Director, Emily Weiser. In an added twist of the impossible becoming possible, Emily is the daughter of Mac’s very first Director at the JCC, Carolyn Weiser. Together, these theater buffs have created a dynamic team and a real show-stopper in this year’s Theater Camp production.

The curtain is coming to a close on Mac’s time at the Mandell JCC. He is taking his talents to Chicago and embarking on a new adventure. We’re proud to have set the stage for Mac’s love of theater, and wish him all the best on the road ahead.

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