IRT Theater- Westside Experiment - Summer 2017
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IRT Theater- Westside Experiment - Summer 2017
A Westside Experiment
Young Actor's Laboratory

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 13-22

Dates: July 3-8, 10-15, 2017 (No class on July 4)
Time: 9am-3pm
Performances: Sat. July 15, 2017 11am & 1pm
Contact IRT: 212-206-6875

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 IRTs 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.

This program is provided in 2016-2017 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It is designed to provide enriching career development opportunities to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing youth through the Westside Experiment.

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 kids 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 a session per student (payable in cash or check)

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

Monique Holt- (Lead Teaching Artist) Monique Holt is a performer, director, acting coach, script translator (including Shakespearean text to artistic sign language), visual/tactile interpreter and Director of Artistic Sign Language working with interpreters interpreting the shows. For 8 years, she worked as a 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.

Luane Davis Haggerty- (Lead Teaching Artist) Luane Davis Haggerty, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at RIT/NTID in Creative and Cultural Studies. She is a professional actress and has appeared on Broadway as a featured performer. Her Off-Broadway credits include thirteen Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and premieres of works by Robert Patrick and Joyce Carol Oates. Her regional and stock credits range from Shakespeare to Sondheim and she has been heard in a range of commercial voiceovers. Notable awards for her theater work include an Off-Off-Broadway Review award for Best Director in an NYC Showcase, and a Pulitzer nomination for her play Windows of the Soul.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York(A.R.T./New York), and the generous support of patrons like you!



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154 Christopher Street #3B
New York, NY 10014
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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: IRT Theater
On BPT Since: Nov 09, 2009
Kori Rushton