Teaching Assistant Professor, Acting and Directing
MFA – Columbia University SOA
BFA – Concordia University (Montreal)
Irene Alby joined the WVU School of Theatre and Dance in 2016. A Director/Actor, 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 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. She formerly taught acting at the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film, where her production of The Adding Machine was invited to tour to the 2015 KCACTF REGION II Festival.
In 2012, 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), 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. Most recently, she performed Titania/Hyppolyta in A Midsummer Night's Mysteries, a collaboration with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. For WVPT she directed A Christmas Carol in 2016 and 2017. Most recently she will perform the title role in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar for Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park.
At Columbia University, she studied with Kristin Linklater, Anne Bogart, Andrei Serban, Niky Wolcz and Slava Dolgachev. She also studied three years at the Ecole De Mime (Omnibus) under Jean Asselin, Denise Boulanger and Francine Alepin.