A Westside Experiment at IRT Theater

Theater, Children's
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A Westside Experiment at IRT Theater
Lee Wexler

Students work alongside members of the IRT theater company to build their acting technique and create quirky, original theatrical pieces. This year, young performers will collaborate with spit&vigor. The kids take workshops in the essentials like voice, playwriting, improv and stage combat from artists-in-residence, and parents can watch their teens' hard work come to life in a final performance.  Ages 12 to 18.


Venue name: A Westside Experiment at IRT Theater
Address: 154 Christopher St
suite 3B
New York
Cross street: between Greenwich and Washington Sts
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St; 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Session 1: July 5–9, 11–16, Session 2: July 18–22, 25–30; $600 per session
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Adela P
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IRT Theater's Westside Experiment was a transformative experience for my 12-yeqr-old son. Artistically, he found a voice both onstage and in the creation of the show- the whole concept of the program guides the kids to be uninhibited and enjoy expressing themselves. The staff encouraged each child to take on a unique and important role, and was supportive in every way. My son made great friends, and he'll be back this summer for sure! Thank you so much.

Judy S
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I've watched the final performances these past few years and I am amazed at the quality of presentation. A wonderful experience in the arts.

Lisa L

My daughter begged to go back to IRT for a second summer even though there were ample summer theater experiences for her in the Washington, DC area where we live.  Through her experience with IRT Westside Experiment, she returned to home with extraordinary confidence and passion for a career in theater arts.  I believe that largely as a result of the knowledge and confidence obtained at IRT, two months later she landed her first role in a show in a professional theater.  Not only did she develop terrific improvisational and performing skills, but she developed creativity and confidence with some writing and directing experiences.  Again, I believe largely as a result of her IRT experience where she was encouraged to take risks, she just won a student director award for creative vision at the Shakespeare festival for secondary schools in Washington DC.  Our daughter enjoyed orienting the new students to the experience during her second summer at the camp and not only bonded with them during the formal training experiences at camp, but during the "hallway movie productions" and all of the other opportunities that made the experience so special.  This theater training experience was unique in many ways, including how diverse the participants were, coming from NYC, Virginia, California and even India.  This diversity enhanced the experience even further.