An Experience Like no Other

Irondale exists at the intersection of art, education, community engagement and social justice. We engage in long term artistic collaborations to create important, challenging, and above all, entertaining theatre that expands the boundaries of the art form and helps audiences and artists make sense of today’s world.

Our work embraces projects that are “impossible”—or at least scare us a little. They range from epic theater pieces created over several years of development, to work with at risk youth, young scientists and engineers, and the New York City Police Department. At the core of our work is the idea that theater is the most human of art forms and can lead us to a greater understanding of who we are, how we can communicate with each other and coexist with empathy and compassion in an increasingly polarizing world.

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For me Irondale is a sacred place, and a place of activism with roots in the community

Sarah Ruhl, Playwright

Irondale Presents 1599

We’re Just Getting Started

We know it’s not just do more or to just get bigger. We know we want to do work that fulfills a vision and challenges our staff, actors, producing team, board of trustees and audiences in ever more meaningful ways.

This year is about stepping into that first moment of wonderful and scary uncertainty.

The prospect of producing 1599 at the outset  – the size, scale and content of the play – was a little scary. Frankly it was frightening. Looking back that fear was perhaps the greatest factor in driving us ahead. Therefore we are committing ourselves to projects in the future that are artistically ambitious enough to be a little scary.

It took Peter Brook eight years to create the Mahabharata. It took Lin-Manuel Miranda six years to create Hamilton and it took Irondale seven years to create  1599.  Now we’re asking ourselves: What’s the next big project that is worth dedicating the next four or five years of our lives to creating? What is something that has the depth and scope, and merits the time invested, but also has the potential to speak to the moment in which it is being seen by an audience.

The Company

Terry Greiss

Executive Director/Founder, 1983

Jim Niesen

Artistic Director/Founder, 1983

Barbara MacKenzie Wood

Founder, 1983

Hilarie Blumenthal

Costume Designer, 1989

Ken Rothchild

Scenic Designer/Board Chair, 1984

Michael-David Gordon

Ensemble Member, 1992

Maria Knapp

Managing Director, 1997

Victoria Entel

Development Director, 2013

Joey Collins

Ensemble Member, 2014

Sam Metzger

Ensemble Member, 2014

Rima Dodd

Director of Education, 2015

Roni Sipp

Technical Director, 2016

Renata Soares

Producer/Executive Assistant, 2019

Max Cerci

Rental Production Manager, 2019

Jacqueline Joncas

Executive Assistant, 2022

Associate Artists

Nolan Kenendy

Letter of Marque Theater Company

PigPen Theatre Co.

A theatre company. And a band.

Scarlet Rivera

Letter of Marque Theater Company

Damen Scranton

Teaching Artist/Actor

Welland Scripps

Letter of Marque Theater Company

Alex Speith

Actor | Producer

Emma Gwynneth Gutt

Actor | Project Coordinator

Vickie Tanner

Actor | Teaching Artist

Leese Walker

Strike Anywhere

Walter Thompson

Walter Thompson Orchestra

Jenna Weinberg

Teaching Artist

Board of Trustees

Ken Rothchild
COO H. & Val J. Rothschild, Inc.
President (elected 2014)
Member since 2007

Kim Quarles
Vice President
Senior Vice President, Willis of New York Inc.
Member since 2006

Rory Greiss
Partner, Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handier
Treasurer 2012
Member since 1983

Terry Greiss
Executive Director, Irondale Productions, Inc.
Member since 1983

Libby Handros
Producer, The Press and the Public Project
Member since 2009

Hollis Headrick
Arts Consultant
President (2008-2014)
Member since 2004

Barbara Hauben Ross
Barbara Hauben Ross Interior Design
President (1984-2008)
Member since 1984

Paula Lettiere
Principal, Fort Greene Preparatory Academy, Brooklyn
Member since 2014

Andrew D. Lewis
Principal, Tonachel & Lewis, P.C., Attorneys at Law
Member since 1985

Barbara MacKenzie-Wood
Coordinator of Acting Option, Raymond W. Smith Professor of Acting Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama
Member since 2007

Jim Niesen
Artistic Director, Irondale Productions, Inc.
Member since 1983

Judy Segal
Therapist- Private Practice
Member since 2007

Our Donors

Irondale would like to thank our government, corporate, foundation, and individual donors, without whose help our work would not be possible.

The National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
Irondale is supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Build America Mutual Assurance Company
Die Stammkneipe
Forest City Ratner Companies
The Wladis Law Firm

Brooklyn Community Foundation
The Buckhorn Association of Brooklyn
Charles & Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation
Con Edison
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
The Durst Organization
The Edward John and Patricia Rosenwald Foundation
Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust
The Frances & Benjamin Benenson Foundation
Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment & the Arts
J. J. Segal Foundation
The Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation
The Laura B. Vogler Foundation
Open Society Foundation
The Pinkerton Foundation
Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
Sonya Staff Foundation
Spencer Hudgins Living Trust
T D Charitable Foundation
William Randolph Hearst Foundation

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