A Westside Experiment


Summer 2024


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 Grades 5-8 and 9-12
Taught in American Sign Language and English

Dates: July 8 – 20, 2024
Time: Monday-Friday 10am-3pm (Early drop off available)
Performance: Sat. July 20, 2024 11am
Location: 154 Christopher st 3B NYC
Contact IRT: 212-206-6875   we@irttheater.org

Fully accessible for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Hearing students.

SUGGESTED Tuition: $0-$600 per student

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 are encouraged to apply. Bring an open mind and have it blown away!

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


Jules Dameron (he/him) is a deaf trans and gay film & theatre director, working with both deaf and hearing actors. Jules graduated from Gallaudet University with a B.A. in TV/Cinema and then obtained an MFA in Film Production/Directing at one of the leading film schools in the world, the University of Southern California. Shifting between both deaf and hearing cultures, Jules has a strong insight into how the deaf community has a different way of sharing information. Mediating between two cultures has helped Jules harness a direction style and vision that is unique and unparalleled.

Recently, Jules has worked on several videos with Sesame Street, helping provide the same experience and amusement to young viewers through a deaf lens. Jules is also currently the writer and director of the soon-to-be-made feature film, Deaf President Now, a film illustrating the events of the Deaf President Now protests at Gallaudet University in 1988. Jules is also co-writing / co-directing a play called, “What is Emily Drawing?” highlighting the effects of language deprivation in deaf children. When not in the director’s chair, Jules extends his talents to the stage playing various roles in notable shows like Romeo and Juliet, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Lés Miserables. Jules aspires to work more with hearing creatives to pave the way for more authentic representation in the media.

Treshelle M. Edmond (she/her)TRESHELLE EDMOND was diagnosed with severe to profound hearing loss in both ears when she was around 18 months old. She made her Broadway debut in Deaf West Theater’s Spring Awakening Revival, Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God Revival, and Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girl Revival as an Understudy. ‘The Colored Museum,’ ‘Another Kind of Silence,’ and ‘What Came After’ have all premiered off-Broadway. Also ‘Say It Ain’t So,’ Nikki Brake-Silla, Treshelle created  ‘Light Up Within,’ A One-Woman Show both in New York and Los Angeles. Television/film: House M.D., Glee, Master of None (Season 2); Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. @TreshelleEdmond 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts. Support for captioning and ASL interpretation on this production provided in part through funding from Access A.R.T./New York, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).

***IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility. Please reach out to Kori Rushton if you have any accessibility questions or concerns, krushton@irttheater.org ***