Irondale exists at the intersection of art, education, community engagement and social justice. We develop in long-term artistic collaborations to create theatre that expands the boundaries of the art form and helps audiences and artists make sense of today’s world.
Every play and program we produce is chosen for its relevance to what is going on in the world now. Our projects range from epic theater pieces developed over several years to work that immediately engages at-risk youth, young scientists and engineers, and the New York City Police Department.
At the core of what we do is the notion that theatre can lead us to a greater understanding of who we are and how we can communicate with each other—and coexist with empathy and compassion—in an increasingly polarized world.
Jim Niesen has served as Artistic Director of the Irondale Ensemble Project’s since its founding in 1983, directing more than eighty plays among them nine by Brecht including the three play cycle Brecht in Exile and sixteen by ShakespeareRead firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Greiss is a co-founder of Irondale, where he is also an actor and the Executive Director. He has performed in more than 60 roles with the company, and he is a creator of most of Irondale’s original works and education programs...Read email@example.com
Maria Knapp spent a month with Irondale while working on her MFA thesis on Stage Management in 1997.Read firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Rothchild has been a member of the Irondale Ensemble since 1983; designing scenery for all its productions, save the very first. He has been a design assistant on a number of Broadway productions; has designed for film and television...Read more
Sam is an artist and educator with a background in educational programming and freelance production. He’s been a company member with Irondale since 2014 and has acted in the ensemble’s productions of Saint Joan of the Stockyards and 1599 Project...Read email@example.com
Hilarie Blumenthal has been a member of Irondale since 1989, first as its Lighting Designer and then for the past 30 years as its Costume Designer. She has designed costumes for Off-Off-Broadway, dance,regional opera, and television...Read more
Emilio Maxwell Cerci is a Director and Lighting Designer who has been a member of the Irondale Company for 6 years in many different capacities. He currently resides at The Space at Irondale as the Production Manager and Resident Lighting Designer...Read firstname.lastname@example.org
Renata Soares (she/her) is a passionate theater maker with a B.A. in Arts Education (Theatre Studies) from the University of Brasilia (Brazil). Actor, director and producer, she's a graduate of the William Esper Acting Studio in New York City and ...Read email@example.com
Jacqueline is an actress/writer/director originally from rural Maine. She studied at the Gaiety School of acting in Dublin, Ireland and received her BA in Theatre & Dance from Manhattanville College in 2017 where she graduated Magna Cumme Laude...Read firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly is a PR professional with deep media experience and resonant relationships with press influencers in the arts, culture, society, business, and fitness spaces...Read email@example.com
Victoria was born and raised in Argentina and received a B.A. in Theater and Film Studies from the University of Buenos Aires. She also studied Arts Administration at NYU’s School of Professional Studies.Read firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaya Blumenthal-Rothchild is a 2020 graduate from Connecticut College where she majored in Dance, and minored in Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies. During her time at Conn Coll she had the opportunity to perform in many pieces...Read email@example.com
Barbara Chen is a program advisor and co-producer of To Protect, Serve and Understand, working closely with its creator and Irondale Ensemble executive director and founding artist facilitators to expand TPSU.Read firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael-David Gordon is an Irondale Senior acting company member. Mr. Gordon has performed in all of Irondale’s Off-Broadway productions since becoming a member in 1992; Working artist, director, arts educator and vocal coach for 35 years...Read more
Rivka Rivera (she/her) is an award-winning Jew-Yo-Rican actor, playwright, and filmmaker. Her work explores the intersection of grief, capitalism, and human behavior and seeks to highlight the complex nuances that make being alive so damn spectacular...Read more
Nolan Kennedy is an actor, musician, improviser, teaching artist, producer, Soundpainter, and playwright. He is a co-founder of Letter of Marque Theater Company and Brooklyn Improv Training, as well as a core member of Strike Anywhere Performance EnsembleRead more
Sam Day Harmet is a mandolinist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and music educator based in Brooklyn, NY. A musician of diverse tastes, Sam's projects range from deconstructive folk and jazz, to free improvisation...Read more
Joey Collins Irondale: ALICE, Alice, Alice!, Galileo, Mother Courage (radio production), 1599, The Good Soul of Setzuan, St. Joan of the Stockyards, Dead End.Read more
Vicky was recently seen on stage as Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children and as Alice in Irondale’s fall 2021 production of alice…Alice…ALICE! Prior to that, she was the voice of Mother Courage in Irondale’s pandemic podcast series...Read more
Roni Sipp is an all around theater technician with a background in scenic design and lighting. She is currently the Production and Facilities Manager at JACK, and spent 6 years in many positions with Irondale.Read more
Dominic Galiotto is a Technical Assistant at Irondale Center. He is currently studying at Hofstra University for his degree in Theatre Arts...Read email@example.com
Tim is an educator, theatre artist, and researcher who works across the world to bridge cultural divides, promote civic engagement, and explore issues facing communities in innovative ways.Read more
Crystal-Marie (she/her) is a theatre artist based in NYC. Working primarily in ensemble theatre bringing new and unknown works to life.Read more
Michael Galligan is an actor, producer, and teaching artist. He has taught with Irondale since 2017. Michael's theatrical work has been developed and performed at Irondale Center, The Deep End, The Tank, BCC, 59E59 Theater, the Upper Jay Art Center...Read more
Ken Rothchild (Board Chair)
Kim Quarles (Vice Chair)
Rory Greiss (Treasurer)
Rivka Rivera (Secretary)
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