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 Mission is:
To present the greatest works of dramatic literature: Irish plays, both traditional and contemporary, International classics, and modern plays of exceptional merit. To produce them at the highest level of artistic excellence. To offer them to the public of Buffalo, Western New York, and Southern Ontario, and subsequently, for national and international audiences.
So come for a night out in Buffalo, NY and experience the entertainment at the Irish Classical Theatre Company!
HistoryIn 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 entering its 30th 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
Diversity & Inclusion
"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."
These words by preeminent Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde inspire and sustain us through trying times like these, as artists and as theatre practitioners. In that spirit of shared humanity, the Irish Classical Theatre Company in Buffalo, New York, stands with the Black community and all communities of color against systemic racism. We join with others throughout America and around the globe in mourning the deaths of all who have been victims of systemic racism.
Racism in the United States has deep and pervasive roots in our cultural and societal structures. It is long past time to bring it to an end.
The Arts hold up a mirror to society, and cause us to reflect - as a nation, as an organization, and as individuals - on the tragically imperfect image we see today. It shames us, even if we have been complicit only in our silence. It is time to support the communities so deeply affected by fear and grief, not only by speaking out, but by speaking to one another.
Open minds and open hearts, of course, are only the beginning. America is calling us to action, and we are charged with participating in the establishment of anti-racist practices in all sectors of society and of the economy. Only then can we be one America with true equality and social justice for all.
We can and will do better. We must.
To that end, the work has started on specific initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within all aspects of our organization, including ICTC's Board of Trustees, Staff, Casting, Programming, Patron Engagement, and Production. We will be transparent with the community as these initiatives develop.
The stage is set for change. It is time to act. The Irish Classical Theatre Company is committed to doing its part.
"Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it."
- Augusto Boal
ICTC and the CommunitySince 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
Since 1982, Curtain Up! has championed the theatre community of Buffalo, New York with its annual celebration of its theatre season opening. As the theatre companies present their first work of the season, the city of Buffalo and its visitors arrive in style to eat, watch, and support the great work being done in upstate New York.