Young Company

Young Company

2020-2021 Season 


Young Company’s 2020-2021 Season started in October online with work on the ultimate challenge for the actor/improviser is a long-form style of improvisation that can simulate a one act play, developed from a single prompt, without preplanning. It is THE HAROLD.

We have covered:

  • Improv Essentials: Who, What, Where, Saying Yes (agreement)
  • Space: Making the invisible visible
  • The Group Mind: How trust in your fellow player(s) can produce something greater than the imagination of any single player. At the same time everyone’s ideas are incorporated, built upon and celebrated
  • How to Construct a Scene: Writing on Your Feet

In semester 2, we are very excited to continue our work on improvisation, working towards a performance of THE HAROLD in early 2021.

We will then begin to explore scripted and devised work, leading up to a summer performance of a scripted production. Students will have the opportunity to read a number of scripts and explore and expand the new medium of Zoom theater! Young Company students will also have the opportunity to take on leadership and performance roles at Irondale’s annual benefit, and collaborate with teens from other NYC performing arts programs.

Semester 2 runs January 9 – June 19, 2021

Most sessions meet Saturdays 12:00 – 1:30 on Zoom. A password-protected Young Company webpage and Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

Young Company is open to students in grades 9-12. There is no cost to participate!

About Young Company 

Entering its 12th 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 two productions over the course of the school year, travel to see other professional shows, and intern with a professional theatre company.

Young Company 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 runs October – June, there is no cost to participate!

Video produced by Laura Browne

I could never find a place like Irondale … it’s about knowing who you are and expressing yourself without being judged… Irondale is life!

Aalyiah Stewart

Former Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña presents the

2015 scholarship to Young Company alumni Dre Knight and Danajha Davis

Scholarship Recipients

Irondale recognizes the continued commitment and contribution of outstanding Young Company members with a $1,000 scholarship upon their graduation from High School, to be used toward any aspect of their higher education.

Past recipients:

  • 2019 – Christina Ramsey
  • 2017 – David Rosa & Julia Smith
  • 2015 – Danajha Davis & Dre Knight
  • 2014 – Aaliyah Stewart & Joel Seabrook
  • 2013 – Richard Perez
  • 2012 – Xerxses Morris
  • 2011 – Alex Miyashiro

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