In Canada, Irene Alby was a company member of The Other Theatre/L'Autre Théâtre, performing 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”. New York credits include Aase in Peer Gynt directed by Andrei Serban, The Dancing Fox with 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.

Regional credits include: A Christmas Carol in 2016 and 2017 for West Virginia Public Theatre; Co-directing the award-nominated Love’s Labour’s Lost for Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks (2021).  Performances in Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, and Hamlet  as well as with Bricolage Theatre and Steel City Shakespeare.  International professional credits include The Stronger (2020) and Molly Bloom: Fragments (2021), two virtual solo performances for the Global Women’s Performing Arts Festival in Busan, South Korea.  She is a Board Member of the The Other Theatre/L’Autre Théâtre (Montreal).


 

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Currently, she is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Directing at WVU School of Theatre and Dance.  She formerly taught for twelve years at the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film.  She has directed over 15 productions including:  Exit, Pursued by a Bear, New Anatomies, Henry V, Machinal, In the Next Room /The Vibrator Play, The Arabian Nights, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love. Her production of The Adding Machine was invited to tour to the 2015 KCACTF REGION II Festival. She co-directed A Midsummer Night's Dream at Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea. She is a founding artist of the Glacity Theatre Collective (GTC), and Stray Dogs International. 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, George F. Walker’s Problem Child and Titania/Hyppolyta in A Midsummer Night's Mysteries in collaboration with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

 

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 trained with Pol Pelletier’s Dojo.  She is a Certified RYT 200 Yoga Teacher and Social Emotional Learning Facilitator with Breathe For Change.  She is also specialized in Linklater Voice and Movement, The Viewpoints, Commedia Dell'arte, Grotowski's Plastics and Meyerhold's Biomechanics.