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Young Company is Irondale's pre-professional training program for high school students (ages 14-18). The ensemble develops scripted (often original) and improvised work for public performance twice each year and offers internships in all aspects of operating a theater company.

  • Young Company is open to students in grades 9–12.
  • Saturdays from Noon-2:30pm – January 13th-June 1st (No class: Feb 24th, March 30th, and April 27th)
  • Programs are in person at Irondale (85 South Oxford Street)
  • Participation is free!

We will cover:

  • 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
  • Students will also be learning the art of Soundpainting, bringing in personal texts, and devising work as an ensemble.

WINTER SESSION: January 13–June 1, 2024

About Young Company 

Entering its 13th 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


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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.

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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.

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Young Company Scholarship

Thanks to our generous supporters, Irondale recognizes the commitment and contribution of select 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:

2021  - Nyles Emile, Marcus Lassiter, Ruby Papavassiliu & Star Torbert

2019 - Christina Ramsey

2017 - David Rosa & Julia Smith

2015 - Danajha Davis & Dre Knigh

2014 - Aaliyah Stewart & Joel Seabrook

2013 - Richard Perez

2012 - Xerxses Morris

2011 - Alex Miyashiro

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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