FYT Summer Intensives are an opportunity for young actors to spend their summer making ambitious professional-grade theatre in the heart of NYC.

Firebird’s month-long Summer Intensive programs are part-theater arts training, part-rehearsal for a full-scale theater production. Young performers get an opportunity to work on ambitious, innovative and vital theater, with a focus on growth as performers and working closely with the text. We start the process with a series of discussions of the text as well as auditions — and it should be noted that as an ensemble company we don’t believe in “small roles:” it is vital as part of our mission that all performers be adequately challenged, encouraged to grow and utilize their strengths. At the end of the process, the fully-produced intensive production has a run of performances in an off-Off-Broadway theater.

SUMMER OF POWER (2019): Firebird’s Summer Intensive Season for 2019 explores the theme of Power: how we get it, how we lose it, how it changes us, how it shapes community.

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AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE (TICKETS ON SALE)

There’s something in the water. In a small town finally on the brink of an economic boom, the discovery of dangerous bacteria in the water supply threatens to tear the community apart. For the second Summer of Power production, Firebird revisits Ibsen's trenchant portrayal of a whistleblower willing to speak the unpalatable truth.

SHOWS: Aug 23rd-24th, 7:00pm
LOCATION: Downtown Art, 70 East 4th St, New York
TICKETS: https://enemy-firebird19.bpt.me/

JULIUS CAESAR (NOW CLOSED)

"Ordinance and first decree turns to the law of children" in this bright and wild new staging of the classic tragedy, which places the events of Julius Caesar in a vast playroom full of kids. The citizens of ROAM, a city-state founded in the eerie absence of adult supervision, navigate the trials of running a society, grappling with questions of power and authority. The raw and bloody spirit of Shakespeare's text haunts this dark childish fantasy, pushing its newly-incarnated characters toward their ambitions.

Julius Caesar performed a sold-out run at Downtown Art, July 19-20th.
Photos/info about this show now available on the production page!


PAST SHOWS: Summer of Humanity (2018)

Photo by Gina Kropf

Photo by Gina Kropf

The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Directed by Leo Lion

On a wooded island populated by sprites and spirits, an old exiled alchemist hides away, plotting his revenge. A terrible storm wrecks a nearby ship, tossing the surviving passengers onto the isle. Wandering through the lush forests and open fields, the inhabitants of the island and the newly-arrived travelers begin to find each other and to lose themselves, weaving a tangled web of ties that only wisdom and love can untwine.

Firebird revisits Shakespeare’s final comedy, The Tempest, bringing to the forefront the ties that keep us tethered and pull us asunder. From servitude to love, from debt to friendship to family, the ways in which we are fastened to each other are sometimes the only way we can find ourselves. Meanwhile, the ways in which we are bound, and the baggage we tie to ourselves, make us ever heavier and pull us down toward the depths. On this visit to Prospero’s Isle, we ask you: What do you hold onto when the storm hits? And will it hold you?

The Tempest ran Aug 17th, 18th, 19th 2018 at The Alchemical, 104 W 14th St, NYC
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R.U.R. by Karel Chapek
Directed by Leo Lion

R.U.R. is the play that first coined the word ‘robot.’ Written in 1921 and set sometime after the year 2000, it depicts a secluded island factory that produces the most valued product around the world: artificial people. The human inhabitants of the island, employees of Rossum’s Universal Robots, are there to keep the factory running and maintain the secret of the robots’ creation. But something is beginning to change about the robots – something the humans aren’t quite able to control...

Now, not long after the real year 2000, R.U.R. serves as an eerie reflection of the fascination mankind has with replicating itself. Why, so long after the term was coined, do we continue to love robots, to fear robots, to be perplexed by robots? What is it about building something ‘almost human’ that so appeals to us? Why does the fantasy persist of handing our work off to virtual, digital assistants - to Siri, to Cortana, to Alexa? And what happens when two such machines can speak with each other - when they begin to realize that they don’t need us anymore?

R.U.R. ran July 13th, 14th, 15th The Alchemical, 104 W 14th St, NYC
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Photo by Gina Kropf

Photo by Gina Kropf