The Irondale Ensemble Project is as close as we come these days to the Elizabethan acting companies that once presented Shakespeare’s plays to the Earl of Leicester, Sir Francis Drake and the Virgin Queen of England. ...What is on offer is the miracle of the word made flesh. I wish you joy in it.” —Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly
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Young Company:


Irondale's Professionally Trained Teen Ensemble


Entering its 7th season, The Young Company uses the same ensemble training techniques that created the Irondale Ensemble Project. Just as the professional company grew out of the interests and talents of the original members, the Young Company develops work in the same way. Young Company members will create and perform 2 productions over the course of the school year, travel to see other professional shows, and learn the ins and outs of ensemble at its best.

YC members gain hands on experience and learn what it takes to run a professional theatre by ushering visiting and in-house productions, assisting in youth classes, distributing marketing materials, stuffing programs, and working alongside Irondale’s professional Ensemble on our Equity productions. We are truly grateful for their commitment and are proud to call each and every young person an Irondale family member. The Young Company is generously supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Sonia Staff Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of New York, and our generous individual donors, providing NYC teens complimentary tuition.

Young Company meets every Saturday, October 10, 2015 – June 18, 2016,
11:00AM - 2:00PM. There is no cost to participate!
Too young for Young Company? Check out our Junior Company!

For more information about Irondale’s Young Company, please contact Amanda Hinkle, Director of Education at 718-488-9233 ext 224 or amanda@irondale.org

Young Company Scholarship Recipients
2015 – Danajaha Davis & Andre Knight
2014 – Aaliyah Stewart & Joel Seabrook
2013 – Richard Perez
2012 - Xerxses Morris
2011 - Alex Miyashiro

I could never find a place like Irondale … its about knowing who you are and expressing yourself without being judged… and when I go to school they don’t enforce that. So when I come to Irondale I feel like, like I’m given a chance to be me and it’s not a problem. So this is life. Irondale is life. Aalyiah

Every time we go to Irondale it feels like a weekly vacation where we can get away from the insanity of school and it just feels brilliant to find all these different people that know me well. Ade

When you create a place where kids come to learn, that they don’t want to leave immediately afterwards, then you’re doing something right. Oskar, Young Company alumnus, 2013; currently, Irondale Mentor and Teaching Artist

Video exerpt from Young Company's Spring 2013 Production:
Reflect Forward/Casablanca Refections



“There’s a lot of talk these days about helping emerging artists, and we see this as a way to get in on the ground floor of their development,” says Irondale’s Artistic Director, Jim Niesen.