Leading the Pack

Irondale has led the field in using theatre as an educational tool for over 30 years. Now our work is even more effective due to collaborations with some of the finest organizations in our city. If you are interested in starting a program with Irondale, contact our Irondale Education Director, Rima Dodd at 718-488-9233.

Just Act NYC

Stem to Steam

The “A” is for Acting. We give students the ability to assimilate, transform, and use information, thereby turning it into knowledge Irondale’s STEAM program offers training in acting and improvisation that impacts the way in which students present and relay to information.

Improvisation, one of the essential tools of Irondale’s approach to theatre, has also become a hallmark of the company’s education programs, it is one of the most powerful learning tools available. Irondale’s theatrical training enables students to effectively show what they know through creative, articulate and engaging presentations of research projects. At the same time the program builds essential life skills that serve them outside the classroom or laboratory: responsibility, accountability, critical thinking and teamwork.

Students are able to reflect on, articulate and understand how they know what they’ve learned. These programs also address the “soft” science skills of psychology, sociology and organizational development. Workshops are taught by some of New York’s finest theatre artists.

“During the Irondale workshops, I learned important technical aspects of presenting, such as planting one’s feet, speaking loudly and clearly, and engaging the audience. I’m sorry, I can’t think of any way to improve the program. It was already pretty nice”.

Support for this program is generously provided by The Pinkerton Foundation and Con Edison.

Brooklyn Creative Arts Lab

Irondale, BRIC, and Mark Morris Dance Group present the third annual Brooklyn Creative Arts Lab (BCAL) Summer Camp.

BCAL offers a unique summer camp experience for young creative minds (ages 10-14) in the heart of Brooklyn Cultural District. Explore and learn from professional teaching artists working in the fields of Dance, Theater, Visual Art, and Film/Media. Be inspired, collaborate, and create with other young artists, and produce and perform in a culminating stage spectacle pushing the boundaries of art making.

20 need-based scholarships are offered each year.

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Start a Program with Irondale

Contact Irondale Education Director
Rima Dodd at 718-488-9233

To Protect, Serve, and Understand

In 2015 Irondale invited the New York Police Department to join them in developing a community program that would use theatrical improvisation to build communication and empathy between officers and the communities they are charged to protect and serve.

These workshops are recorded by documentary filmmakers from the award winning production company, Press and the Public Project, and used for internal training by the NYPD.

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In Pursuit of Freedom

In Pursuit of Freedom, a collaboration between Brooklyn Historical Society, Irondale Ensemble Project and Weeksville Heritage Center, is the first public history project to explore abolition and the anti-slavery movement in Brooklyn.

Using the techniques of improvisation and musical theatre that Irondale used to create its exciting musical theatre work, “Color…”, students will learn use primary sources from history and turn them into improvisations, musical pieces and original scripts. This program helps students analyze history and create context for what they’ve learned.

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In Pursuit of Freedom is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural (URR) Program; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York City Economic Development Corporation; the National Endowment for the Humanities; and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, with additional funds provided by The Bay and Paul Foundations, New York Community Trust, and Verizon Foundation.

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