Pamela Lavitt has been director of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival since 2005 and of the Arts+Ideas department at the Stroum Jewish Community Center since 2012. A scholar of the history of Jews in popular culture and Jewish women in vaudeville, she has published numerous scholarly and popular articles on these subjects, and shaped museum exhibits in NY and Seattle, where she has taught at New York University and University of Washington. She is a graduate of Duke University (B.S. Zoology, B.A. Political Science) and completed her doctoral coursework at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Trained as an oral historian, folklorist, and theatre scholar, Pamela now brings over 100 international artists (musicians and performers, authors, chefs, luminaries and filmmakers) to the Greater Seattle region annually. She lives in Seattle with husband Robert Lavitt and their identical twin daughters. Lavitt is recipient of the 2018 Pamela Waechter z”l Jewish Communal Leadership Award bestowed by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.