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Junior Company

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Junior Company is our middle school ensemble, for students in grades 6–8*. This season students will work towards an IMPROV NIGHT of games and sketches performed at our final class.

* Grade 5 students are eligible by interview.

  • Tuesdays from 4–6 pm, October 12 –December 14, 2021 (October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14)
  • In person at Irondale (85 South Oxford Street)
  • Participation is free!
  • Proof of vaccination is strongly encouraged for all who are eligible. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

We will explore

  • Building trust with peers through ensemble and collaboration
  • Learning how to play and host short-form comedic improv games
  • Writing and performing improvised comedic and semi-comedic sketches
  • Watching and studying different comedic styles and genres
  • Learning the technical components of a show including sound and lightsLetting performance creativities soar!
  • Performing in an IMPROV NIGHT for friends and family

In the Winter/Spring Semester students will:

WINTER SESSION: January 11–May 24, 2022

  • Learn and practice the tenets of ensemble theater
  • Train in voice, movement, music, and devising techniques
  • Analyze theatrical texts for meaning, mood, and rhythm
  • Practice performing poetry, monologues, and scenesLearn to give and receive feedback with care and respect
  • Cultivate lasting relationships with their peers
  • Perform in the Poetry Show in May 2022 for the general public

Junior Company Requirements

  • No previous acting or performance training required!
  • Submission of a Personal Essay before your first rehearsal
  • A commitment to regular attendance. If you miss more than three sessions in a row (for reasons other than illness), you will be ineligible to perform in the upcoming showing. However, you are still welcome to attend anyway and can re-apply to perform in the next term.
  • Promise to treat everyone in the program with care and respect
  • Agreement to read and adhere to Irondale’s Code of ConductAgreement to adhere to Irondale’s COVID-19 requirements and protocols


  • In a paragraph or more (minimum 5 sentences), tell us why you want to be part of Irondale’s Junior Company.
  • Feel free to write in the first person or in rhyme or any way you’d like! Have fun with it and show us how creative you can be!
  • Submit your essay along with your registration or email it to after registration.


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Our funders

Our youth programs are offered at no cost to participants thanks to the generous support of the Pinkerton Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, the Two West Foundation, the Lotos Foundation, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, Con Edison, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


For the safety of everyone, Irondale strongly suggests that all Young Company participants be vaccinated. If for personal and/or religious reasons that is not possible we will require proof of negative tests results before each session. Irondale can provide test kits, if needed.

What they say

As Irondale celebrates its 40th Anniversary, we are looking to the future as we remember the accomplishments of the past. Please make a contribution of $40 to help us getting number 40 off to a great start.

Your gift will be fully tax deductible.

$40 FOR 40
Sam Metzger

contact us

For more information about Irondale’s Youth Programs, please contact our Director of Education.

Sam Metzger
The space at Irondale Building
Phone: (718) 488.9233Fax: (718)
85 South Oxford Street
Fort Greene, Brooklyn 11217

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