A Westside Experiment


Summer 2018


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 13-18

Dates: July 2-6, 9-13, 2018 (No class on July 4)
Time: 9am-3pm
Performances: Sat. July 14, 2018 11am & 1pm
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.


Check should be sent to: IRT Theater 154
Christopher st. 3B NY, NY 10014
Credit Card price: $621.99

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

Dangerous Signs is a performance group that represents global community building through the use of American Sign Language (ASL), spoken English, music and dance. We intend to present the beauty of Deaf, hearing and ethnic cultures when they all combine on stage.


Julia C. Levy is Executive Director of Roundabout Theatre Company. In her 25 years with Roundabout, Julia has guided its growth from a small off-Broadway company to a leading not-for-profit institution. Prior to Roundabout, she held positions at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She received her BS the University of Vermont and attended Harvard Business School Executive Education program. She currently serves on the Times Square Alliance Board of Directors and the NYC Department of Education Advisory Council for Arts Education. She is a frequent lecturer on arts management, sponsorship, governance and fundraising.

Alexandria Wailes is a professional actress. Alexandria’s upcoming DASL work includes ABC’s Quantico, Sundance TV’s This Close and the upcoming Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God this spring. Her performance credits include Broadway: Spring Awakening (associate choreographer & Adult Woman), Big River. NY/Regional: Mother Courage (with Meryl Streep), A Kind of Alaska, Our Town, Pippin, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (LA Ovation nomination). Television: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Nurse Jackie. Film: The Hyperglot. Web Series: High Maintenance, Don’t Shoot The Messenger. She recently performed at Super Bowl LII with Pink. Besides endeavors within the performing arts fields, she is a museum educator for the Whitney Museum, The Jewish Museum and the Lower East Side Tenement museum.

Kim Weild is a Drama Desk nominated director, whose work has been seen at Lincoln Center Theater, Carnegie Hall, Teatro alla Scala, New York Theater Workshop, Theater Row, Primary Stages, New York Live Arts, Mark Taper Forum and Williamstown Theater Festival. She is the Founding Artistic Director of OUR VOICES, a company dedicated to investigating themes of otherness in society. They created a world premiere American Sign Language production of Pinter’s A Kind of Alaska, weaving three forms of ASL into the text.

On Broadway she has been Associate Director on the world premiere of Amazing Grace, and Michael Blakemore’s productions of Deuce, Is He Dead? and Blithe Spirit.  Off-Broadway she has been Associate Director to Tina Landau on Iphigenia 2.0 at Signature Theatre and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Wig Out! at The Vineyard Theater.

Steadfastly committed to the training and development of our future theater makers, she has extensive teaching credits and is on faculty at Carnegie Mellon University where she teaches directing.

John McGinty is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut with Children of a Lesser God! NY (selected): Fêtes de la Nuit (New Ohio Theatre), Veritas (The Representatives), Samuel Hunter’s The Healing (Theater Row). Regional (selected): Levity (Warren Miller Performing Arts Center), Children of a Lesser God (Berkshire Theatre Group), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus and La Mirada Theatre), Tribes (Guthrie Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Everyman Theatre), Pippin (Center Theater Group, Deaf West). Film (selected): Wonderstruck with Todd Haynes, Award-winning Sign. TV/Web Series (selected): “High Maintenance” (HBO/Vimeo), “Don’t Shoot the Messenger.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moZVsEYJUpE

Daniel Irizarry (SAG, AFTRA) Artistic Director of One-Eighth Theater. Recently directed the world premiere of The Madman and The Nun by Witkacy performed by turkish actors at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Conceptualized and directed Mouthgasm at Bilkent University in Ankara and METU in Cyprus. Directed and performed in One-Eighth theater The Maids (The New York Times Critics Pick), a new adaptation by Jose Rivera, at INTAR Theatre. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Directed and performed the critically acclaimed production Teach Teacher Teachest written by David koteles loosely based by Eugene Ionesco’s The Lesson. Directed and performed the critically acclaimed production UBU (Time Out New York Critics Pick), Text by Adam Szymkowicz at INTAR Theatre. Directed An Italian Staw Hat by Eugene Labiche at Folkwang University and MASCHINENHAUS Essen, Germany. Irizarry is a director, actor, and teaching artist based in NYC. He has taught Acting at Columbia University’s MFA Acting Program, Vilnius Kolejia in Lithuania, University of Wales Trinity Saint David in UK, The Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Actors without Boarders from Istanbul and The Sarah Lawrence University at La MaMa Theatre, CAVE/LEIMAY, Bilkent University in Turkey, German Stat Theater in Timisoara, Freie University in Berlin, Syowa Ongaku University in Tokyo, The University of Puerto Rico, and Kookmin University in Seoul.www.danielirizarry.org

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.