Irish Repertory Theatre Company Inc

Rating: 4.9 stars   48 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 132 West 22nd Street New York NY 10011 USA

Mission: The mission of The Irish Rep is: to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to a broad American audience, to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience; and, to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as it relates to other cultures. The Irish Rep offers a balanced fare of programs through Theatrical Productions, the New Works Reading Series, and Arts Engagement activities.
Results: Twenty-two seasons and counting . . . Just a few of The Irish Rep’s most notable artistic achievements include: 2008 ― Outer Critics Award, “Outstanding Revival of a Musical” ― Take Me Along 2007 ― Jujamcyn Theaters Award for “Outstanding Contribution To The Development Of Creative Talent.” 2006 ― Obie Award, “Best Actress” ― Dana Ivey, Mrs. Warren’s Profession 2005 ― Lucille Lortel award for “Outstanding Body of Work” 2004 ― Finian’s Rainbow, adapted by Charlotte Moore.  The production received widespread audience and critical acclaim, was extended for an unprecedented 13 weeks, and nominated for the Lucille Lortel awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Choreography of a Musical, Drama League award for Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and Drama Desk award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. 2004 ― The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault.  The production received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play. 2001 ― The Irish…and How They Got That Way by Frank McCourt.  This world premiere production by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt received international acclaim and continues to attract a worldwide audience both through television (PBS) and sales of the movie on VHS. 1992 ― Received the Drama Desk Award for Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish Drama. Along with these artistic achievements, The Irish Rep has presented the American or World premiere of several Irish and Irish American works including, Harold Prince’s Grandchild of Kings (1991), Same Old Moon by Geraldine Aron (1995), Our Lady of Sligo by Sebastian Barry (2000), The Matchmaker by John B. Keane, Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Off Broadway Play (2002), Bedbound by Enda Walsh (2003), new musical adaptation of Beowulf (2005), and Frank McGuinness’s adaptation of The Master Builder (2008).
Target demographics: The Irish Rep is acknowledged for its commitment to engaging communities in a greater appreciation of Irish and Irish American dramatic works.  The Artistic and Producing Directors, valued for their accomplishments within the theatrical and Irish American communities, provide a vital gateway to Irish culture both here and abroad.  The company maintains a database of audience members from the tri-state area and beyond from all racial, economic and social backgrounds.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 40,000 Audience Members Annually
Geographic areas served: Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT)
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

When you're an actor you can only hope that you'll be proud to be part of a production,to be in the company of fine actors,to be treated with respect and support by the creative team and to be playing for an audience that is used to good theatre.All this and a great deal more is what I experienced at Irish Rep. New York is lucky to have them!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my capacity as an actor.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Ready,willing and able to give 101%!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy the building that houses it.

Ways to make it better...

the show had run longer...for the joy of it!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

probably financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It's a true artist's community and every time one works there the family gets larger. They really go above and beyond just producing theatre. It's a welcoming and nurturing home.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

an employee capacity and as an audience member

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

coming back

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and efficient

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

sound proof between the studio and the theatre

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Irish Repertory Theatre is arguably the best Irish theatre anywhere. I have been a patron and sometime participant for over 20 years.The quality of acting, directing and production values are always top drawer.They also make courageous choices and always deliver the goods. In my opinion, it is a National Treasure

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many wonderful productions over the years

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The quality of theatre

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get a bigger better space.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

As a professional actor one of my most rewarding experiences has been as a member of the acting company at the Irish Rep. I have also attended many productions as an enthusiastic audience member and a financial contributor. On all levels I have been embraced warmly, welcomed as a member of the "family". All the productions have been superb with the recent EMPEROR JONES reaching extraordinary heights of brilliance, innovation, and imagination. Unforgettable!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my capacity as a professional actor and as an audience member.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the high level of professionalism and the strong sense of family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extraordinary, talented, welcoming, dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go on to even greater achievements as a vital NY arts organization

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have had the pleasure of working with the Irish Rep as an actor and have also attended many performances there. My experiences on both counts have been wonderful. The company is run by people with a strong awareness of community and a true love for what they do. There is always a great sense of family and fun coupled with a high level of professionalism and mutual respect towards colleagues and clientele. The Irish Rep's work reaches beyond its physical space in a most positive way.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That they are always there for me and willing to support and encourage me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Exceptionally good and always seemed genuinely concerned that I had a good experience.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Improve its rehearsal and performance space, structurally, in order to expand its performance options and greater facilitate its audience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

The Irish Rep is such a wonderful place to see theatre. Certainly my favorite Off-Broadway venue, it's always so warm and welcoming to come to, a real family atmosphere, while the performances on stage combine the best in skilled storytelling and theatrical ambition. Whether it's taking chances on new material, such as in the recent "When I Was God," bravely bringing fresh life to classics, such as in their recent outstanding production of "The Emperor Jones," or just plain being the best place to see Irish drama done richly and truthfully, as in their recent moving "Aristocrats," the Irish Rep is unique, vital and leading the way for other theatres to follow. I know I never miss a show there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their producing deep, earthy, thought-provoking drama, that a wide audience can appreciate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get to work there more often!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their wonderful, ever-welcoming, positive family atmosphere.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always utterly helpful, greatly generous, highly knowledgable and professional, and always good-humoured.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Produce more and more ambitious projects, with larger casts, and further develop its 2ndry space into a black box for developing even more new material, concurrent with the bigger shows.

Ways to make it better...

More theatres in NY were this warm and welcoming.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Maintaining their high standards and keeping audiences challenged and involved when surrounded by so much junk-entertainment.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Charlotte and Ciaran, who run the Rep, are mavericks and brilliant, do amazing things with small resources, and don't get half the kudos they deserve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I've seen several performances at the Irish Rep and every time, it is a wonderful experience. I particularly love seeing musicals in the intimate space. Somehow they manage to balance the instruments and the voices and there is no need to use microphones. I can't think of any other theatre, in this day and age, that can get away with that. It is MAGICAL. You're transported to another time when simply the voice was enough. No engineering the sound or boosting the volume through microphones. Simply the sound of the incredible voices. It's a wonderful experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

completely dedicated. It feels like a family at the theatre, with everyone going way above and beyond what is expected from them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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