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.
NEW: JULIUS CAESAR opens JULY 19th
To get a taste of our summer stylings, join us for our first show of the summer, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, which opens this Friday at the Downtown Art Theater. Come for an evening of wild, exciting, ambitious theater made by young artists, and make sure to stay after, say hello, and find out how you can get involved with our programs this summer and year-round!
"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 most innate ambitions: to be loved, to be feared, to feel protected.
Friday July 19th, Satuday July 20th - 7:00pm
Downtown Art Theater, 70 E4th St, New York, NY 10003
Don’t miss the show – reserve your tickets below!
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. Registration is now open for actors ages 12–18 to join the casts of these exciting new productions!
When you register for a Summer Intensive, you will:
Attend a round of auditions which will determine casting within the registered group.
Rehearse for four weeks with a cast of like-minded young actors, with a heavy focus on ensemble-building and the collaborative creation of engaging, thoughtful theatre.
Perform in a New York City theatre venue in a weekend run of the show at the end of the four weeks.
Become part of a tradition of ambitious theatre made by young people, joining a widespread family of talented artists of all ages who have worked with Firebird!
Spots in these intensives are limited and registration is first-come-first-serve, so contact us quick to assure your spot!
To enroll in one or both of the intensives, email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line SUMMER 2019, or just fill out and submit the form below:
Intensive 1: JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare
June 24th – July 20th
The people want Caesar for their King. The streets of Rome are full of burning political passions, and the citizens seem ready to forego democracy and crown Julius Caesar as emperor. But shall Rome stand under one man’s rule? Those closest to Caesar are the least eager to see him crowned, and the wheels of conspiracy turn quick when they must.
For the first Summer of Power production, Firebird mounts Shakespeare’s legendary political potboiler. How much is too much power, and who can be trusted with it? How long can you hold it before it corrupts you? And does anyone really only have the interests of others in mind?
Intensive 2: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Henrik Ibsen
July 29th – August 24th
There’s something in the water. In a small town finally on the brink of an economic boom, the beloved medicinal baths are set to become the heart of tourist industry, until the discovery of dangerous bacteria in the water supply threatens to tear the community apart. Dr. Stockmann is respected in town –– siblings with the mayor, trusted by patients –– but the quest for truth may well turn this well-meaning citizen into a political agitator facing off against the entire community.
For the second Summer of Power production, Firebird revisits Ibsen’s trenchant portrayal of a whistleblower willing to speak the unpalatable truth. What does it take to speak up when everyone else stands against you? How do the powerless defy the powerful? And if power really is in numbers, what does it mean to stand alone?
REHEARSALS: July 29th–Aug 22nd (Monday-Friday 12pm-3pm)
PERFORMANCES: Aug 23rd, 24th
To enroll, email email@example.com with subject line SUMMER 2019!
PAST SHOWS: Summer of Humanity (2018)
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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