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Within the context of a permanent ensemble - artists working together on a daily basis, over an extended period of time, to enrich the community - Irondale challenges traditional assumptions about theater: who makes it, how it gets made, and how it can be used. Irondale is founded on the belief of the "power of the ensemble;" where the development of a mature and integrated community of artists, through the personal and artistic growth of each individual member, is the fundamental drive. It is in the context of a community that the creative process reaches its full potential and can provide the positive force that theater brings to society.
The Irondale Project is an experimental/research theater ensemble established in 1983. The company has roots in improvisation, traditional Stanislavski techniques, extensive movement work, and collaborative writing techniques. The primary goal of the ensemble is to discover how theater can be utilized as an important or central aspect of daily life. Irondale has approached this mission from two different angles, through an exploration of what types of theater resonate most meaningfully with today's audiences, and through an application of theatrical techniques in non-theater situations (prisons, schools, shelters, etc.). Irondale has produced 26 major Off-Broadway shows including the American premier of Brecht's CONVERSATIONS IN EXILE and eleven original pieces. During this time the company has mounted two international and three domestic tours. Irondale is a constituent member of TCG and ART New York and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
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