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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Who We Are

We are a theatre.
We create plays and make theatre as a creative team.

Barbara MacKenzie-Wood at Brecht's Grave on Christmas Eve. 2009

We start with a difficult and challenging source –perhaps a classical text filled with heightened language and epic themes, or a piece completely non-theatrical material or a timeless children’s classic. Then we turn it on its head, and then work like crazy to make it come alive for a contemporary audience willing to hop on the train and accompany us on the journey.

To help support this work and expand our reach to a wider audience, we offer focused creative learning projects, based on and growing out of the core creative work of the company, serving schools, community organizations and all kinds of individuals.