IRT Theater- Westside Experiment - Summer 2019
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IRT Theater- Westside Experiment - Summer 2019
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 13-17

Dates: July 8-12, 15-20, 2019
Time: 9am-3pm
Performances: Sat. July 20, 2019 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.

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)

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

IRT Theaters Westside Experiment Offers Career Development Opportunity to Deaf Students
-The Kennedy Center Office of VSA and Accessibility, 2017

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.


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.


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.

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 Hunters 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), Dont Shoot the Messenger.

Fred Michael Beam is the outreach coordinator for Sunshine 2.0. He is an experienced performer with acting credits that include Nicholas in By the Music of the Spheres at the Goodman Theater, Harry in Harry the Dirty Dog at the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts; Witness in Miracle Workers and Stranger in Mad Dancer at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; Fall Out Shelter, The Dirt Maker and The Underachiever at the Kennedy Center; the title character in Othello at Gallaudet University; and Steve in A Streetcar Named Desire at SignRise Cultural Arts in Washington, D.C. He also performs in his one-man shows, Fred Michael Beam: Sign Me a Story and Black, Deaf Male: Who Am I?, which toured nationwide. He was a member of I Didnt Hear That Color, the first black deaf play ever produced. His television and film credits include If You Could Hear My Own Tune, The West Wing, Secret Dream, Little Lonely Monster, Deaf Mosaic and The New Captain Kangaroo, for which he won the 2000 Media Access Award.

A dancer, director and choreographer, Beam has worked with the Gallaudet Dance Company, the National Deaf Dance Theatre, the DuPont Dance Company, the Penn Vision Dance Company and the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts. He has performed around the globe, including in Africa, Australia, Egypt, England, France, Jamaica, Japan, Sweden, South America and the Virgin Islands. He also was choreographer for the production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Open Circle Theater in Washington, D.C.

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.


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!