The Irish Classical Theatre Company presents outstanding productions at The Andrews Theatre, the area’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 literature—Irish, international and American classics—and modern plays of exceptional merit, both traditional and contemporary, at the highest level of artistic excellence.
Hilbert College’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement Gregg Fort was named to the Irish Classic Theatre Company Board. Here is some background on the ICTC.
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 in its 22nd 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.
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. 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.