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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

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)

Programs: To provide knowledge and an appreciation for irish culture and literature through the promotion of the irish theatre.

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Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been both a subscriber and supporter of The Irish Repertory Theater for over ten years now and they never fail to disappoint. The variety of productions is amazing. From musicals to the classics, the array of talent and professionalism is staggering. The intimate theater envelops the audience and provides a thrilling experience. I love everything about the Irish Rep. I hope they go on forever!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful theater! This year - Emperor Jones and Ernest in Love - some of the best theater in town this year. In the small, no-bad-seat venue, one could not ask for anything better. Rake is great - never anyone in front of you blocking your view. And...the staff....so accomodating, eager to help resell tickets. YES RESELL. This theater is a treasure. I can't wait to see Candida.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I very appreciate the theater's commitment to presenting outstanding theater and the care with which it mounts its productions. i also like being in the physical space of the theater.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've attended only a few performances at the Irish Rep and really enjoyed them. I don't go to everything they produce, only what appeals to me, so in that sense my comments may not be generally representative. However, with that in mind, it's a wonderfully small, intimate theater. I've sat all the way in the back in the last row and it still doesn't matter because the theater is so small. The only seats I would be reluctant to get are the ones on the stage itself (yes, they have seats on the stage!) because they are off to one side, and though you're awfully close to the action, you don't see the stage from the front. In the shows I've seen the acting has been outstanding -- absolutly on a par with what you would see at a full Broadway production. When I've seen musicals there they've been very good too Obviously, they don't have anything like an orchestra, just a small ensemble (trio, quartet or something like that), but it doesn't matter because the intimacy of the production more than makes up for the small sound).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are always delighted by Irish Repertory Theatre productions. The acting, direction, sets and costumes are superb. The intimacy adds greatly to the experience. What the Irish Rep produces on the small stage is amazing – sometimes with musicians! This is Off-Broadway at its best.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I saw one of the Yeats cycle series, and a reading of a play about Yeats, and both were wonderful productions!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Emperor Jones was so outrageously outstanding that I saw it 3 times. It wasn't only the extraordinary acting of John Duncan Thompson, but the creative set, costumes, dance, music, drums, hums, and so much more, that it brought me back twice after first seeing it. Hooray for the Irish Rep Theatre Company!