Westside Experiment


July 18 2020


IN RESIDENCE: July 6- 18, 2020
Our Home … a review of ABC Poetry, songs from Broadway and original pieces created by our students exploring and investigating the meaning of Home. Times are changing and things aren’t always what we expect, but it’s important to know we always have a place we can call ‘home’.

PERFORMANCES:Sat. July 18, 2020
TIME: 11am & 1pm EST
Q&A: 1:45pm EST Please join us live for the Q&A
PRICE: Pay-What-You-Can
At IRT: Online Presentation

Link to the presentation and Q&A will be sent to your email one hour before the presentation begins.

Featuring: Arshi Chawla, Beatrix Detrixhe, Elghin Hebrado, Joshua Howell-Leyer, Cristian Loredo, Amanda Parrott

Amelia Hensley 
Broadway: Spring Awakening (Deaf West). Off Broadway: I Was Most Alive with You (Playwrights Horizons). NYC: Sylvia (NYDT), Dancing Girl (She NYC Arts), Stepchild (IRT Theater), Rape of Lucretia (New Camerata Opera).  Seattle: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (12th Ave Arts), Skin (Deaf Spotlight). LA: Spring Awakening (Deaf West), Our Town (Pasadena Playhouse) Romeo and Juliet (Sontag Greek Theatre). DC: The Lady Becomes Him, (Faction of Fools), Peepshow (Dog & Pony DC), Noises Off (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival).

Sarah J. Hom is Roundabout Theatre Company’s Director of Audience Services. She is passionate about and dedicated to increasing accessibility and inclusion in the arts. Prior to joining Roundabout, she held senior positions with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Colorado Symphony and was Board Chair for Phamaly Theatre Company. When she isn’t sitting inside a theatre (which isn’t often), Sarah also enjoys skiing; particularly with the NSCD in Winter Park, Colorado.

Monique Holt wears many theater hats. ACTOR: Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (Harlequin Productions)Worker Chen in Snow in Midsummer and Lady Montague in Romeo & Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)DIRECTOR: Cloud 9UrinetownCaucasian Chalk Circle, Deafhood Monologues, TITUS and a short film – Always A Bridesmaid? CREATOR/WRITER: Night Was So Hungry That Ate The MoonThe Dark Room, and The “OR”bit. DASL (Director for Artistic Sign Language) Cymbeline, Movement of the Soul, peeling, and Grisha (film).  LECTURER: “Translating Shakespearean Text into Sign Language” 2009 – present. In Seattle, she does consulting work for theater communities and works for Deaf Spotlight as a theater director – creating programs. CREDENTIALS: BFA in Acting – NYU & MFA in Theater – Towson University.

John McGinty Broadway acting credits: Children of a Lesser God, King Lear.  NY: Fêtes de la Nuit, World Premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s The Healing, Veritas, Movement of the Soul. Regional: Levity (WMPAC), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus and La Mirada Theatre), Tribes (Guthrie Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre), Pippin (CTG, Deaf West). Film: Wonderstruck, Sign, The First Purge. TV: Faces, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, This Close, High Maintenance, Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Able. He also works for Actors Equity Association, and Executive Director at Senses Askew Company.

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 here in NYC.

Daniel Irizarry is an international director and actor. He recently directed an adaptation of Gogol’s The Inspector General in NCPA performing space in Mumbai, India. Directed and performed the world premiere of Yukio Mishima’s Busu for Provincetown Tennesse Williams Theatre Festival. He’s known for The Maids by José Rivera (New York Times Critic’s Pick), UBU (Time Out NY Critic’s Pick), The Madman and The Nun performed in Turkey, Poland (Gardzienice) and NYC (Pregones Theatre), An Italian Straw Hat (Essen, Germany), Mouthgasm Chapter 1 (Turkey and Cyprus), Momorato (Tokyo, Japan), and Chekhov’s one-act series (Seoul, South Korea). This year he performs in Piazzola’s Maria de Buenos Aires (Bare Opera at Blue Building in NYC).

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.