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General

What are the dates for Summer 2017?

The dates for Summer 2017 will be announced soon.

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How do I apply for Just Act NYC?

Apply online to hold your place. There is limited space in the 1- and 2-week sessions. Early bird discounts and scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis so we recommend applying early to take advantage of these discounts. Registration for Summer 2017 will be available soon.

Visit our registration page.

 

Do you offer financial assistance?

Just Act NYC is an affordable alternative to a residential summer camp. We also know that you might need additional assistance making this program a reality for this summer. We’re pleased to offer scholarships for teens from the New York City area.

 

The scholarship form will be available soon.

Do I have to be a member of a synagogue to participate in Just Act NYC?

The primary criteria for participation in Just Act NYC is that you are passionate about theater and are interested in growing your creativity and independence under professional instruction.

You do not need to audition for Just Act NYC, although we highly recommend that you attend one of our events so you can meet our team and see the theater.

Just Act NYC is a program for teens from a Jewish background, but you do not need to be a member of a synagogue in order to apply.  Learn more on our Dates & Rates page.

Do I need spending money?

Your program fee covers the cost of all programming that happens in the theater and any excursions throughout New York City. There are some times where you may want spending money:

  1. If you plan to purchase your lunch during lunch breaks on days that we’re out exploring the city.
  2. For the purchase of a Metro card to ride the subway to and from the theater. Subway rides for excursions that are part of the program are included in your program fee.

You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the theater. learn more on our Transportation page.

Do you offer transportation to the theater?

Yes!

We encourage participants to use NYC’s public transit system, including the subway and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) which has a terminus 2 blocks from the theater.

We also know that navigating the city by yourself can be a big step and you may be looking for organized transportation for this summer.

Just Act NYC staff will meet you at a central location in Manhattan or Brooklyn and accompany you to the theater. Participants will be responsible for getting to one of these major transit hubs, such as Grand Central Station or Penn Station, on your own, and our staff will meet you there to accompany you to the theater in the morning and on the way back to the station in the afternoon. You will be asked to indicate your interest in this option in registration.  Read more on our Transportation page.

Contact us for more information at justactnyc@urj.org or call our team at (212) 650-4089.

Theater Program

Do I need to audition for Just Act NYC?

You will not need to come in for an in-person audition. However, we encourage you to attend one of our free workshops at the Irondale Center so you can meet our team and so we can meet you, and to attend Irondale productions so you can see the theater.

What is the schedule?

Just Act NYC meets 5 days a week, Monday-Friday, at the Irondale Center from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. One day a week, we’ll travel out into New York City for service learning and experiences that will enhance our work in the theater. A detailed schedule of travel days will be available in late spring.

You can see a sample schedule for the program on our Schedule page.

What happens if I need to miss a day?

Just Act NYC is a unique opportunity to create an original piece of theater with a group of like-minded peers. We have designed the program to work with your schedule. By enrolling in this program, you agree be present for the duration of the program. Of course, we realize that sometimes there are extenuating circumstances. However, if you will miss more than two days of the summer schedule, you may be asked to leave the program.

Who are the faculty?

Perfect your craft and push your boundaries as an artist by working with Irondale’s professionals and experienced educators with a background in the theater and in Judaism.

Your ensemble will work with many different instructors and artists, but you’ll have two dedicated staff members for the duration of the program – a Jewish educator trained as a dramaturg (text interpreter) and an actor from Irondale’s professional company.

Meet our team and read their bios on our Staff page.

What classes can I take at Just Act NYC?

You can view the full list of this summer’s workshops on our Skills & Workshops page. The detailed schedule, including master classes, will be available in late spring.

The rigorous training of the Just Act NYC experience focuses on:

  • Voice
  • Body and Movement
  • Improvisation
  • Song and Music
  • Writing
  • Character Development
  • Text Analysis

There are four primary processes you’ll learn with us that are essential to any actor’s repertoire:

  1. Acting skills acquisition
  2. Improvisation and writing
  3. Feedback and critique
  4. Evaluation and editing

Will I get community service hours with Just Act NYC?

Yes. We believe that as artists, we have the ability and the obligation to improve our communities. As Jews, we are obligated to perform tikkun olam – repair of the world. As participants in Just Act NYC, you’ll spend time exploring and working in the community where we’re based. Fort Greene is a dynamic – and diverse – neighborhood. You’ll participate in service learning projects that enhance your theatre craft, and we’ll be happy to provide you with certification upon completion of the program.

Health & Safety

How do you select, supervise and train your staff?

Our staff are more than just supervisors – they are mentors, coaches and role models. Staff for Just Act NYC will include members of the Irondale Ensemble Project’s company and educators from the Reform movement. Staff are selected based on their experience working with teens, their commitment to upholding our Jewish values, and their passion for acting. All staff participate in a multi-day staff orientation prior to first day of the program, which features training in safety and security in addition to Jewish education and acting.  We maintain a 10:1 participant-to-staff ratio.

I have allergies. How do you handle that?

As part of your registration for Just Act NYC, you’ll submit a health form so that our staff are aware of any health and safety concerns throughout the program. Our staff are trained in the use of Epipens, although you willl be responsible for bringing your own.

What if I get sick during the day at Just Act NYC?

Your health and safety are our top concern. If you are unwell and unable to participate, Just Act NYC staff will help determine the best course of action.

What kind of clothing should I wear to Just Act NYC?

4 days a week, we’ll be working in Irondale’s theater space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Unless otherwise specified by your instruction for a particular class, dress for the program is casual. On excursions throughout New York City, we may be entering cultural or religious institutions that have a different dress code. More information will be provided at the start of the program.

How are you traveling throughout New York City?

The Irondale Ensemble Project is located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, within easy walking distance of many major subway lines as well as the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Teens will be responsible for getting to and from Irondale during the week. For excursions throughout the city, we’ll travel as a group on the subway.

Read more on our Transportation page.

Can I visit the theater before applying?

Yes! Choosing where to spend your summer is a big decision.

We encourage you to check out a production at Irondale, or to schedule a tour with a member of our team. We also are hosting several events this spring so that you can meet us, and we can meet you. Contact us to set up a tour of the theater, and join us at one of our events this spring.

Jewish Life

Does Just Act NYC have a religious affiliation?

We are a Jewish teen summer program that is part of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). We believe in a progressive, inclusive, egalitarian approach to Judaism, and a vibrant, living Jewish community.

How is Judaism part of daily life at Just Act NYC?

Jewish values inform the way that we work together as an ensemble, how we support and respect each others’ ideas, and how we create community. The values of Reform Judaism are at the core of what Just Act NYC participants will do – tell stories, explore our identities, and give back to the community that we’re in. Because we meet Monday – Friday afternoon, we will usually not be observing Shabbat together.

Learn more on our page: What’s Jewish about Just Act NYC? 

 

I keep kosher. Is kosher food available?

Participants in Just Act NYC are responsible for their own lunch for days that we are out exploring the city. When we’re at the theater, we will be providing lunch.  When meals are provided by the program, they will be kosher-style (i.e., no dairy and meat, no pork or shellfish, etc.) If you have special dietary restrictions, you’ll have the chance to note them in your registration.

If I want more information about how Jewish values are incorporated at Just Act NYC, who can I talk to?

We’d love to speak with you more.

Contact Program Manager, Elena Paull, at justactnyc@urj.org or call us at (212) 650-4089.