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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Nick Brown

Nick recently joined Irondale as our Acting Tech Director. Email Nick at

Michael-David Gordon

Michael-David GordonMichael-David Gordon began work with Irondale as an actor and workshop facilitator of Irondale Ensemble Project’s AIDS Team in 1990. He was a team leader and a senior teaching artist involved with the planning, training and teaching on all of Irondale’s AIDS programs through 1997, when DOH funding ended. These programs included the AIDS team and Irondale’s Adolescent  AIDS/HIV Prevention Workshop Program in locations at Job Corps, the Off-Site Education Services branch of the Alternative High Schools, and other sites with At-Risk youth. When the AID projects ended, Mr. Gordon taught at continued as a teaching artist  at other sites such as Camelot and Riker’s Island. He also helps to plan and teach staff development workshops. Mr. Gordon continued his work with health education outside of Irondale including: GMHC - "HIV - The Basics"  -  Facilitator Training (1994); NYC Dept. Of Health - "Aids 101 Facilitator Training (1996, 1997) (Certificate); The Door - HIV Prevention Facilitator Seminar (1997) (Certificate);  Body Positive - Facilitator Workshops (1998). Mr. Gordon has performed in all of Irondale’s Off-Broadway productions since becoming a member of Irondale. He is also a member of Actor’s Equity. His roles have included Barrachio in Much Ado About Nothing, The Stage Manager in Our Town and the title role in Danton’s Death. Most recently, Mr. Gordon portrayed The Cheshire Cat. in Irondale Ensemble Project’s alice...Alice...ALICE!

Terry Greiss

Terry Greiss (Co-Founder, Ensemble Actor, Executive Director), has been working in the theater for 34 years. He is an actor, director and co-founder (with Jim Niesen and Barbara Mackenzie-Wood), of NYC's Irondale Ensemble Project. He has performed in over forty roles with the company, and is a co-creator of most of Irondale's original works and education programs. He has conducted hundreds of workshops in public schools, prisons, theaters, professional training programs and community venues. He has been part of three Russian-American collaborations with the International Classic Center of St. Petersburg. Terry was the Founding President of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, a national consortium of artist-driven permanent theater ensembles. In April 2008 he was invited by the US Embassy to lecture and teach in Moscow and Yaroslavl and at the Golden Mask Festival. In addition to his work at Irondale, he has taught at the New School, the University of Wisconsin Drama Center and has performed at the Manhattan Theater Club. He is a graduate of the NYC High School for the Performing Arts and Sarah Lawrence College. Email Terry at

Amanda Hinkle

Amanda Hinkle Amanda Hinkle (Director of Education): Amanda’s first experience with Irondale was stage-managing a bi-lingual French/English production of Macbeth with soundpainting ensembles Strike Anywhere (NYC) and ANITYA (Paris). Her work with Strike Anywhere as Education Coordinator, event manager, and Teaching Artist has kept her close to the Irondale Family, and she is thrilled to become part of both. At Roundabout Theatre Company, Amanda served as Education Associate for School-Based Programs, managing school-wide and classroom partnerships in all five boroughs, reaching 171 classrooms in 20 schools. She has also worked administratively for New York State Council on the Arts' Empire State Partnership program and Brooklyn Youth Company.

Prior to coming to NY, she served as Assistant Director of Education at George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick, NJ), directing and booking productions for the Educational Touring Company reaching 80,000 students per year, managing year round Academy classes and workshops for children and adults, and creating curricula for in-school residencies. Amanda has taught theatre, photography, dance, and cultural exploration classes for Queens Theatre in the Park, Manhattan New Music Project, St. John’s in the Village, Salk School of Science, Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, George Street Playhouse, Princeton Dance & Theatre Studio, East Hillside Youth Theatre, and numerous schools and arts organizations in NYC, NJ, and MN. Amanda is a graduate of University of Minnesota Duluth (Theatre & Art), and a member of the American Alliance of Theatre and Education. Email Amanda at

Maria Knapp

Maria KnappMaria Knapp began as intern at Irondale and has worn the hats of Stage Manager, Associate Director, General Manager, and is currently Managing Director. She graduated from Towson University with a MFA in Theater in 1996. Her graduate studies included stage managing the graduate program's inaugural production Iago's Plot, an adaptation of Othello conceived and directed by Kabuki Master Shozo Sato. This production traveled to an international experimental theater festival in Cairo, Egypt. Maria later focused on her graduate thesis on the stage management of small ensembles which led to working with Touchstone Theater (Bethlehem, PA), The Independent Eye (Philadelphia, PA), Irondale Ensemble Project, Bloomsberg Theater Ensemble (Bloomsberg, PA),  and Cornerstone Theater (Santa Monica, CA). Until August 2009, Maria also ran the administration of NET, the Network of Ensemble Theaters, a national service organization comprised of over 100 ensembles around the country. Email Maria at

Barbara MacKenzie-Wood

Barbara MacKenzie-WoodMs. Mackenzie-Wood is the Head of the Acting Program and holds the Raymond W. Smith Endowed Chair at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. She began her professional acting career playing opposite Raul Julia in the title role of: The Hide And Seek Odyssey Of Madeline Gimple, directed by Lloyd Richards, at the Eugene O'Neill Center in Waterford, Connecticut. As a professional actress she has appeared in more than sixty-five roles in New York and regional theatre, stock and film. She is a founding member, actor, director and current member of the board of trustees of Irondale. She directed Irondale’s The Hostage, Hamlet and co-directed 9/11 Voices Unheard, The Great American All Star Traveling War Machine and alice, Alice, ALICE!. She is featured in the book, Acting Teachers of America: A Vital Tradition which offers interviews with” fifty of the most influential acting teachers in the United States.”Ms. MacKenzie-Wood holds a B.F.A. degree in Acting from Boston University and an M.F.A. in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.

Sam Metzger

Sam MetzgerSam started working with Irondale when he was about 4 years old and since then has had an ongoing relationship with the company. He is a recent graduate of Bates College where he studied Theater and English. While attending he performed in all of the Theater department’s main stage productions and worked with the student theater group, The Robinson Players. He also had the opportunity to study at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He is absolutely thrilled to be teaching and working with the Ensemble!  Email Sam at

Patrena Murray

Patrena MurrayWith Irondale:Julius Caesar, Color Between the Lines, Henry V, Murrow’s Boys, London Cries, Peter Pan, The Great American All-Star Traveling War Machine, 9/11: Voices Unheard, Hamlet: Up Close, Wasted; In the Jungle of the City, The Pope and the Witch, Outside the Law, Comedy of Errors, The Dr. Seuss Show, Brecht on Brecht, The Murals of Rockefeller Center, Much Ado About Nothing, Degenerate Art, The Seagull, The Bundle, The Mother,Andrew Carnegie presents The Jew of Malta. BA.from SUNY, Purchase

Jim Niesen

Jim NiesenJim Niesen is a co-founder who has guided the creative aspects of the company's work since 1983. He has directed most of the Irondale repertoire, including 5 works by Brecht: Good Woman of Setzuan; Galileo; Threepenny Opera; St. Joan of the Stockyards; and the American premiere of Conversations in Exile. He conceived the scenarios and directed Irondale's radical reinterpretations of such classics as Uncle Vanya; Peer Gynt; As You Like It; The Inspector General; Ubu Roi; and Peter Pan. Prior to founding Irondale he performed and directed at several regional theaters, including: The Long Wharf; GeVa; Horse Cave and the Center for Music Drama and Art in Lake Placid; State Theater of South Carolina; Carnegie Mellon Theater Company, in addition to serving as Stage Manager at the Roundabout Theater in NYC. Jim has had articles published in GESTUS, the Magazine of Brechtian Studies and THEATER THREE. He has taught Master Classes in theater games and improvisation at the University of Maine, Drew, and SUNY Plattsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University, among others. Jim directed the production of You Can't Win, which took the Grand Prix at the International Drama Festival in St. Petersburg Russia in 1994. He also co-authored the script for the piece. Email Jim at

Ken Rothchild

Ken Rothchild 's first scenery design for the Irondale Ensemble Project was for an adaptation of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the second production of Irondale's inaugural season. Twenty-plus years later he has designed every production since, including The Good Woman of Setzuan, Antigone, St Joan of the Stockyards, Ghost Sonata, Danton's Death, Irondale's productions on both Russian tours (Uncle Vanya, Sacrifice, and You Can't Win), and the original productions of Peter Pan-ic (Flying Underground) and Outside the Law / As You Like It: over fifty designs at this point. During this same period of time he designed for regional theaters, regional opera, NYC dance companies; designed and toured productions in Israel, Sri Lanka, and India; and assisted on various Broadway productions and National tours. Other “mainstream entertainment business” roles have included a stint as an Art Director at the daytime drama Guiding Light on CBS; and as a designer and Project Manager for Design Etc., Inc. (a display design firm) where he was responsible for displays for Hasbro and Playskool at the annual NY Toy Fair. And in a role that seemed to exist somewhere between Art and Commerce, he was the Production Designer for two documentaries for WNET-Channel 13. One of these was None Without Sin, an exploration of the relationship between Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller that aired in the Fall of 2004.In the education field he has been a member of the faculty at Bennington College and at Jersey City State College; and is currently Resident Designer and adjunct faculty at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. At JCSC he presented a one-man show of his designs at the college’s Courtney Gallery. He served as Irondale’s Director of Education for 12 years. While continuing as the Company Designer, and acting as the production manager for its Off-Broadway productions, he also fills the role of Artistic Associate, advising and assisting the Company’s directors in determining the Company's goals and direction in its artistic and social endeavors. Most recently he has been elected to serve as Chairman for Irondale’s Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts - Design Program, and a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Email Ken at