Ciarán O'Reilly and Charlotte Moore founded the Irish Repertory Theatre in 1988, with a mission to present works by Irish and Irish American playwrights to American audiences. The theatre opened with Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. To this day, Irish Rep remains the only theatre company in New York City devoted to Irish and Irish American playwrights year-round.
Irish Rep found its permanent home on 22nd Street in Chelsea in 1995. The site, a former warehouse, underwent renovations to house both the main theatre space - the 148-seat Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage - as well as a smaller studio space named the W. Scott McLucas Studio.
The Irish Repertory Theatre is closest to the 23rd Street subway stop on the 1 line. The nearest bus stops are W 23 St./Ave. of The Americas on the M23-SBS line and 7 Av./W 23 St. on the M7 and M20 lines.