About Irish Classical Theatre Company

Vincent and Chris O'Neill, Irish Classical Theatre Company founders

A world of theatre within reach.

The Irish Classical Theatre Company is a performing arts theatre located in Buffalo, NY. It presents outstanding productions at The Andrews Theatre, Western New York's only true theatre-in-the round. In this intimate setting, you’re never more than 10 feet from the stage.

ICTC presents the greatest works of dramatic literatureIrish, international and American classicsand modern plays of exceptional merit, both traditional and contemporary, at the highest level of artistic excellence. So come for a night-out in Buffalo, NY and experience the entertainment at the Irish Classical Theatre Company!


In 1985, two Dublin-born brothers, Vincent and Chris O’Neill, internationally acclaimed actors and former members of Ireland’s celebrated Abbey Theatre, found themselves in Buffalo, performing Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in the dining room of a local hotel.

They were enthusiastically embraced by Western New York audiences and critics, and together with fellow Dubliners Josephine Hogan and the late Dr. James Warde, formed the Irish Classical Theatre Company.

Performing on various rented stages until a permanent home was established at the Calumet Arts Café, ICTC became the fastest growing theatre in the region and led to the building of its new home, The Andrews Theatre, which opened its doors in January of 1999.

Now enhteriig its 25th Anniversary Season, ICTC continues to celebrate its strong Irish roots through its choice of repertoire, and by bringing special guest directors, playwrights and actors to the Niagara Frontier to work and to be honored.

Marcel Marceau, Legendary Mime Artist (1923-2007)
Milo O’Shea, Acclaimed Irish Actor (1926-2013)
Ronan Tynan, Irish Tenor, Motivational Speaker
Kevin McHugh, Director
Gordon McCall, Director
Bryan Delaney, Irish Playwright, The Cobbler
Shay Linehan, Irish Playwright, The Cant
Jesse L. Martin, Actor, Rent, Law & Order
Jason Watson, from the first National Tour of Next to Normal
Alen MacWeeney, Photographer

View our full repertoire for 1990-2015 here.

ICTC and the Community

Since its inception in 1990, the Irish Classical Theatre Company has been a pioneer in the area of cultural and educational outreach to enrich the community it serves. ICTC is a proud member of the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo, representing Buffalo’s nineteen professional theatres. Find out more here.

ICTC works hard to make theatre accessible to underserved/economically disadvantaged segments of the community through our School Matinee Program/Classics for Kids, and Dr. Lydia T. Wright Magnet School. A few organizations ICTC has supported with artistic collaborations:

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Buffalo United Artists
Buffalo State College
Geva Theatre, Rochester
Irish Repertory Theatre Company, New York
Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York
Paul Robeson Theatre of the African-American Cultural Center
Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Studio Arena Theatre
Torn Space Theater
UB Center for the Arts
University at Buffalo, Department of Theatre & Dance
Ujima Theatre Company