A Westside Experiment
Young Actors Laboratory
As the parent of a theatrically inclined adolescent, IRT’s Westside Ex
-Joe Matunis, Father of Maya Matunis
For Grades 6-8, 9-12, and College
Taught in American Sign Language and English
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
Not all experiments happen in the lab.
– Featured in Seen in NY presented by Teachers College, Columbia University 2015
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, 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).
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