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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2015 Summer Youth Programming Ages 6-17

Summer Stage PlayIrondale Ensemble Project is excited to announce 2015 Summer Classes. Sessions are tailored to keep students' minds engaged by providing a nurturing, safe, and artistic atmosphere.

Led by professional Irondale artists, young actors will experience various game-based workshops throughout the day. Workshops range from acting techniques, improvisation, movement/dance (led by dancers from our partnership with Mark Morris Dance Group), character creation, storytelling, playwriting, and an introduction to design. Instructors encourage students to explore the power of creativity and develop an artistic voice. Kids' Theater Playground (KTP) (2-week program), Brooklyn Creative Arts Lab, and Just Act NYC conclude with a performance for family and friends.

Summer Stage Play Youth Classes (ages 6-13) are held 9:00AM – 4:00PM, Monday – Friday. I-Plays and most Kids’ Theater Playground (KTP) and Just Act NYC classes are held at Irondale’s gorgeous off-Broadway theater in the heart of Fort Greene Brooklyn. Some sessions will be held at ART NY’s South Oxford Space rehearsal studios, just down the street. Drop Off and Pick Up are always at Irondale. Early Drop-Off at 8AM, and Extended Day hours are available until 6:00PM for an additional fee.


SATURDAY, May 30, 1-4PM
TUESDAY, June 9, 7-8:30PM

Please join us for an open class, meet and greet with summer staff and the Irondale Ensemble. Backstage tours, snacks, and special discounts for summer registration.

Ages 8-12

I-Play workshops are a great way to test the waters. Try something new everyday! Sign up for one or all four sessions and receive discounts on the rest of your summer classes.

Monday June 29, 2015 (Ages 8-12)
Find the truth in comedy, learn the basics of comic timing, improvisation, and how to make em’ laugh.

Tuesday June 30, 2015 (Ages 8-12)
Actors will sample musical styles, use vocal, percussive, and stories to build songs from scratch.

Wednesday July 1, 2015 (Ages 8-12)
Tap into historic events, and activate new ones as we explore myths, legends, and invent futuristic folktales.

Thursday July 2, 2015 (Ages 8-12)
This workshop will lead actors through character driven scenes, adventurous storytelling, and a taste of stage combat.

I Plays start at $140/day
Discount for Returning Families and Friend Referrals
Discounts available with every addition I-Play you sign up for!

Ages 6 – 10
KTP Week 1: July 6 – July 11, 2015
KTP Full 2-Week Program: July 6 – July 17, 2015
9:00AM – 4:00PM, Monday - Friday

Kids' Theater Playground will have students bouncing off the walls with inspiration! There are so many ways to tell a story – kids will explore genre, comedic styles, improvisation, movement with Mark Morris Dance Group, mask and puppet making, music, dance, and song. Students also spend part of each day outside (weather permitting) in Fort Greene’s beautiful neighborhood parks.

Students are encouraged to attend the full 2 weeks, however week one is available for students who cannot commit to week 2. Students may not register for week 2 only. Kids Theater Playground (2-week program) will conclude in a variety show of scenes, songs, and storytelling completely inspired by the students.


Early bird discount if registered by May 31, 2015: $25
Discount for Returning Families and Friend Referrals: $25

Enroll online, download the registration form and mail in, or call 718-488-9233 x224.
Questions? Call 718-488-9233 x224, email, or come in and visit us at 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Brooklyn Creative Arts Lab (Ages 10-13)

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Irondale Ensemble Project's partnership with Mark Morris Dance Group and BRIC, Brooklyn Creative Arts Lab (BCAL) is an extraordinary multi-disciplinary summer arts experience designed to develop young creative minds, ages 10-13.

Held in state-of-the-art facilities, and working under the direction of professional teaching artists, participants learn and explore the techniques and aesthetics of Visual Arts, Film/Media, Theater, and Dance. Over three weeks, teaching artists introduce participants to the fundamentals of each different art form, and expose them to contemporary examples of artistic expressions.

Students select two disciplines to focus on, and all disciplines work together to share ideas, collaborate, create, rehearse, and present an integrated stage spectacle.

20 youth-in-need are provided with full scholarships to this program.

Summer Stage Play July 6 – 24, 2015
Weekdays, 9:00AM – 4:00PM, Extended day option is available (4:00 - 6:00PM)
Saturday, July 25 Final Presentation, 2:00 pm, BRIC House

• Tuition: $1,500
Save $50 with early registration if you sign up before April 10th
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NEW! Just Act NYC: A URJ and Irondale program (Ages 14-17)

Just Act NYC is a summer program that offers teens with a passion for theater the opportunity to strengthen their craft by working alongside professional actors in a state of the art Off-Broadway theatre in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural district.

How does it work?
Participants in Just Act NYC work with professional Irondale artists to create an original ensemble piece, exploring Jewish questions and issues as a source of creative inspiration and motivation. Just Act NYC meets Monday through Thursday for four weeks.

Three days a week, you’ll work out of the gorgeous Irondale Center theater space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The fourth day, you’ll explore New York City together, experiencing art and theater and participating in service learning projects that serve the community and inspire your performance.

Program Dates:
Session I: Monday June 29 – Thursday July 9
Session II: Monday July 13 – Thursday July 23, with an option for a Shabbat celebration on Friday, July 17
Or do BOTH weeks!
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