A Westside Experiment

 

Summer 2022

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As the parent of a theatrically inclined adolescent, IRT’s Westside Experiment summer theater program was everything I could have hoped for. The program’s adult staff never underestimated the creative abilities of the youth, and provided them with the support and skills necessary to imagine, design and perform a remarkably sophisticated multi-media theatrical experience. My daughter made many friends over the 2 weeks of the program and was able to stretch her theatrical muscles in ways she never imagined, and thoroughly enjoyed.
-Joe Matunis, Father of Maya Matunis

For Ages 10-17

Dates: July 11-15, 18-23, 2022
Time: 10am-3pm
Performances: Sat. July 23, 2022 11am
Location: 154 Christopher st 3B NYC
Contact IRT: 212-206-6875   we@irttheater.org

Since 2007, IRT Theater has served the downtown theater community by providing space, support and community for independent artists through its 3B Development Series. An offshoot of IRT’s 3B Development Series, the Westside Experiment offers students the skills to create original devised theater in collaboration with a working theater company in residence at IRT.

The progressive Young Actors Laboratory program still covers all the theater essentials, like physical-acting technique, improvisation & script writing, but with a decidedly downtown twist. This years unique summer experience will include a fusion of sign language, spoken word, mime, storytelling, dance and music. This is a great choice for students, hearing, Deaf, and Hard-of hearing, who are interested in theater but eager to try something more offbeat than, say, Oklahoma. 

No prior acting experience necessary. Artists of all disciplines encouraged to apply. Bring an open mind and have it blown away!

Tuition: $600 per student (payable in cash or check)
Deposit: $200 non refundable deposit to hold spot.

Fully accessible and FREE for Deaf  and Hard-of-Hearing students.
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NO CANCELLATIONS

Check should be sent to:
IRT Theater 154 Christopher st. 3B NY, NY 10014

BEHIND THE SCENES:
In 2016-2017 We were under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It was designed to provide enriching career development opportunities to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing youth through the Westside Experiment. Please watch our video for more information. CLICK HERE

PRESS
The Weirder the Better?

-November 2012 issue of American Theater Magazine

IRT’S Westside Experiment Provides Eureka Moments for Teens
-Backstage 2014

Not all experiments happen in the lab.
 Featured in Seen in NY presented by Teachers College, Columbia University 2015

LEAD TEACHER:

Malik Paris (he/him) Malik Paris is a Deaf actor and artist based in Philadelphia. He has been a performer and co-founding member of the ASL poetry performance group “Dangerous Signs” since 2010. He enjoys the range of work done in “Dangerous Signs” from theater for Young Audience performances to Fringe Festival creations.  He is most proud of his performance work in Godspell as Jesus, Pippin as Leading Player, and Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors at Rochester’s Equity Theater, GEVA. This year he won a Kennedy Center Award for his work in Fences at NTID and starred as Don Quixote/Cervantes in Man of La Mancha. He has been recognized with Rochester Theater Award nominations. His favorite New York Deaf Theatre (NYDT) production included: TITUS as Aaron the Moor and Riff Raff in Rocky Horror Picture Show. He also has worked with IRT theater on many shows here in NYC.

Jessica Ranville (she/they) is a theater artist based in NYC. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, she is part of the Métis Nation of Manitoba.  They focus on developing new works (The Lark, NY Stage & Film, WP Theater) and plays with music and folk musicals (Stupid F*cking Bird at The Pearle Theatre, Charles Mee’s Soot and Spit at the New Ohio Theater). Regionally, Jessica most recently played William Dunn in Men On Boats at Baltimore Center Stage. Past work at IRT theater includes residences with Our Voices and Blessed Unrest. MFA: The New School for Drama; jessicaranville.com; @jessicaranville

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.