Reform Movement Offers NYC Theater Arts Summer Program for Jewish Teens

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Reform Movement Offers NYC Theater Arts Summer Program for Jewish Teens

March 16, 2015--This summer, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) will launch Just Act NYC -- a brand new theater experience for Jewish high school students in New York City.

The URJ is one of eight local organizations selected to receive funding for this new teen summer program through The New York Teen Initiative for Immersive Summer Experiences for Jewish Teens, a project of New York's Jewish Education Project.

Just Act NYC, jointly funded by UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation, will give Jewish high school students the opportunity to work side-by-side with professional actors at the state-of-the-art Irondale Ensemble Project in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, to create, produce, and perform an original ensemble piece.

Through a wide range of immersive theater workshops, teens will tap into the Jewish values inherent in acting: storytelling, relationship-building, and character development. Three days a week, participants will be in the theater, working with professional actors, building an ensemble to inform development of an original theater piece. The fourth day the will explore the New York City community, participating in social justice service learning experiences that enhance the work they are doing on stage and exploring New York's vibrant theater scene.

"We are thrilled to have the support to launch this innovative partnership with Irondale for high school students who are passionate about acting. We know that this experience will help teens tap into their creativity to produce exciting, compelling new theater," said Rabbi Bradley Solmsen, Director of Youth Engagement at the URJ.

Just Act NYC will run from June 29 through July 23, 2015. The non-residential program will meet Monday through Thursday, which gives teens the freedom to create a flexible summer schedule and enjoy longer summer weekends. Significant scholarship funds are available. For more information, visit the website or contact, Elena Dufner, Program Coordinator at

Published: 3/15/2015

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