IRT Theater
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In Residence: July 5- 16, 2016


IRTs Westside Experiment has joined Amanda Gronich & Samuel Adams as they lead students grades 6-12 through an incredible development process resulting in a show at IRT!

Share in a lively celebration of a classic story brought to new theatrical life. Our special presentation showcases IRT theater students dramatic imaginationsas they explore this famous myth. Delving into the key elements of theater  light, sound, costume, movement, character and plot  each participant has devised a unique storytelling moment taken from the story. What makes this ancient tale as meaningful today as it was over two millennia ago?  Our students have uncovered their own theatrical revelationseach one inventive, surprising and engaging.

Workshop Showings:
Saturday July 16 11:30am and 1:30pm
At IRT: 154 Christopher st. #3B (third floor)
$15 Tickets
$10 Senior and Student Discount
All purchased tickets support our financial aid fund for Westside Experiment
Running time 40 minutes.

Neal Whitney
Kijani-Ali Gaulman
Patrick Inosanto
Marcus Byers
Yosef Ibrahim
Danielle Kiminyo
Mia Katz
Angelina Serrano
Ishari Bishop
Zaivera Bussey
Rayna Brown

Since 2007, IRT Theater has made a mission of hosting radically affordable, full-immersion development residencies for emerging and established artists.  An offshoot of the IRT 3B Development Series, the IRT Westside Experiment will offer students the skills to create original devised theater in collaboration with a working theater company in residency at IRT, Spit&Vigor.

spit&vigor is a non-profit theater company devoted to the development of new plays and spirited, innovative productions of existing pieces. Our small roster of work has been critically-acclaimed and award-winning. In collaboration with theater company Theatre4thePeople, our production of In Vestments in May 2015 won the NYIT award for Outstanding Premier Production of a Play, and was nominated for Outstanding Premier Full-Length Script. We were also presented the prestigious Donn Russell grant as part of our award. We believe in theater as a vital art form that should be able to support its members. It is a priority for us to compensate artists with whatever meager means we have available, and to use the full potential and talents each person working on our projects is willing and able to contribute. Creative, courageous work performed with heart is our main mission. Our work exemplifies total theatre, a life that informs art and art that deeply informs our lives. We strive to infuse our work with all of our joy, all our sorrow, every last ounce of empathy and all of our strength, every weakness and flaw, every terror and with all our exuberance; our mission is to perform work that involves blood, sweat, tears, spit & vigor.

Lead teaching artists include:

Amanda Gronich (Tectonic Theater) - Lead teaching artist, began her theatrical career as a charter member of the Tony Award-winning Tectonic Theater Project, where she became one of ten original cast members who traveled to Laramie, Wyoming and co-created The Laramie Project. She currently teaches theatrical storytelling and playdevising techniques to graduate Arts Education majors at City College. She is also an experienced acting coach. Prior to this, Amanda worked as an Emmy-nominated non-fiction television writer, developing, scripting and story-producing dozens of hours of top-rated cable series and specials.

Samuel Adams (Spit&Vigor)- Lead teaching artist, is thrilled to be joining IRTs Westside Experiment! Samuel works an actor, director, teacher, and resident artist with Spit&Vigor. Born in Manhattan and raised on a farm in the Catskills, he trained at Adelphi University and studied classical theater at the London Dramatic Academy. As a director, he has worked with many New York City theater companies that focus on experimenting with the boundaries between audience and actors, such as Island Shakespeare, Rapidfire Bootleg, and the Ophelia Theater Group. As an actor, he has performed off-broadway at Theater Row and The Symphony Space, in productions regionally, and across NYC (including the award-winning 2015 production of In Vestments, written by Spit&Vigors artistic director Sara Fellini). With a special love of the classics, Sam has performed in over a dozen plays of Shakespeare, including leading roles in Hamlet, As You Like It, King Lear, and The Taming of the Shrew. Film work includes starring roles in several indie films, several national commercials, as well as supporting roles in HBOs Boardwalk Empire and Mildred Pierce. Most recently, he did voice-over and motion-capture for a featured character in an upcoming video game, which hes eager to play once its finally released. For the past several years, Samuel has worked as a teaching artist with Stages on the Sound, teaching theater arts to students at Catholic Schools across Queens and Brooklyn. Samuel is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, and is represented by Atlas Talent.

Monique Holt- Guest Teaching Artist, is also a performer, director, acting coach, script translator (including Shakespearean text to artistic sign language), visual/tactile interpreter and Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL) working with interpreters interpreting the shows. For 8 years, she worked as a guest teaching artist for MTC/Theatre Education Program and TDF/Theatre Access Project  Education Program. Under TDF, , she visited 22 K-12 public/private schools and bring the students to see the Broadway matinee shows.  Her trainings came from Merce Cunningham, Butoh, Commedia dellArte, Grotowski, Visual Gestural Communication (VGC) and Visual Vernacular (VV). She got her BFA in Acting, NYU and MFA in Theatre, Towson University.

IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, IRTs mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts and Mike Daisey.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Office of Council Member Corey Johnson and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.

Kori Rushton, Artistic Director
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PLEASE NOTE: All sales final and there is no late seating at IRT Theater.
                    ***IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility.***


IRT Theater (View)
154 Christopher Street #3B
New York, NY 10014
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!