Irene Alby was a company member of The Other Theatre from 1997 to 1999 and performed in Kaspar, Year Zero and Human Collision/Atomic Reaction which was presented at the 1999 Festival de Théâtre des Amériques and won the Montreal English Critics Circle Award(M.E.C.C.A.) for “Best Direction” and “Best Production”. Her New York credits include Aase in Peer Gynt directed by Andrei Serban, The Dancing Fox with Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theatre and Serban’s Benvenuto Cellini at the NY Metropolitan Opera as well as performances at the Ohio Theatre Ice Factory Theatre Festival, the Producer’s Club, St. Veronica’s Church and the Theatre of the Riverside Church. Pittsburgh credits include working with Bricolage Theatre and Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, including playing the title role in Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, Hamlet and most recently co-directing a virtual production of Love's Labour's Lost.
She was a founding artist of the Glacity Theatre Collective (GTC), a professional theatre company in Toledo, Ohio, where she also served as the Managing Director throughout the company’s first three years. GTC credits include directing Jenny Schwartz's God's Ear, and performing in Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Laura Wade’s Breathing Corpses and George F. Walker’s Problem Child. Other credits include playing Titania/Hyppolyta in A Midsummer Night's Mysteries (a collaboration with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra) and directing A Christmas Carol for West Virginia Public Theatre.
She received her MFA in Acting at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, studying under Kristin Linklater, Andrei Serban, Anne Bogart, Slava Dolgachev and Nikolaus Wolcz, and her BFA in Theatre at Concordia University in Montreal. During that time, she also studied three years at the Ecole de Mime Omnibus and participated in Pol Pelletier’s Dojo workshop.
Currently, she is a Teaching Assistant Professor at WVU Department of Theatre and Dance. She formerly taught for twelve years at the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film, where she was a Senior Lecturer. Her production of The Adding Machine was invited to tour to the 2015 KCACTF REGION II Festival, and she co-directed A Midsummer Night's Dream at Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea. Irene’s students have gone on to work on Broadway, Regional theatre, HBO, TV and Film, as well as internationally.