The Irondale Ensemble Project is as close as we come these days to the Elizabethan acting companies that once presented Shakespeare’s plays to the Earl of Leicester, Sir Francis Drake and the Virgin Queen of England. ...What is on offer is the miracle of the word made flesh. I wish you joy in it.” —Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly
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About Irondale Center


The Irondale Center for Theater, Education, and Outreach

in the BAM Cultural District

An Innovative Center For

Theater in a Dramatic, Revitalized Space

When Irondale discovered a neglected, long-vacant former Sunday school auditorium in the historic Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, we also saw the potential in this 7,300 sq. foot room for creating a dynamic flexible theater. We are proud to be neighbors in the building with the church, a culturally diverse congregation whose activist roots date back to Brooklyn’s pre-civil war abolitionist movement. The Theater also provides an opportunity for Irondale to play an important role in an exciting and growing cultural district.

A Simple Room: A Great Possibility

The Irondale Center for Theater, Education, and Outreach is a unique space that serves as the physical laboratory for Irondale’s for all of Irondale’s work. The theatre has 28-foot ceilings, a 1,900-square-foot mezzanine/gallery, and original stained glass windows. Irondale’s restoration, completed in 2008, retains the original scale, character and details of this distinctive space.


Here are some of our space’s special features:

  • 3700 sf. space with a 28 ft. ceiling, and a 1900 sf. balcony on three sides
  • More than 150 lighting instruments and corresponding equipment on a grid system
  • Full sound system with both theatrical and musical capabilities, microphones, monitors
  • Three on-site projectors
  • 2 Dressing Rooms for artists (1 has full bath)
  • Administrative space for visiting companies
  • Black and white scrims, heavy white cyclorama, and a moveable curtain-track system
  • Staging platforms
  • Live-feed video projections and/or recording capabilities
  • Audio-recording Capabilities
  • CafĂ© area for concessions
  • Flexible modular theatrical seating for up to 250 people

Click here for floor plan.

Click here for more information about Booth Ferris Foundation and Brooklyn Community Foundation Space Subsidies.