Irish Arts Center


Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come.

Our multi-disciplinary programming is centered around three core areas: performance – including live music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and the humanities; exhibition – including visual arts presentations and cultural exhibitions that tell the evolving Irish story; and education – with dozens of classes per week in Irish language, history, music, and dance.

Located in New York City, a global capital of arts and culture, Irish Arts Center serves as a dynamic platform for top emerging and established artists and cultural creators to reach a New York, national, and global audience, and as a gateway for other institutions to access first-rate Irish and Irish American culture.

Irish Arts Center is currently developing plans to construct a new facility to serve our multi-disciplinary program. The New Irish Arts Center will contain a 199-seat theatre, an 85-seat intimate café venue; studio spaces for classes, rehearsals and the development of new work; technology capability to project Irish Arts Center on the digital platform and a social environment for meetings, collaboration and conversation before and after the show. For more information on the New Irish Arts Center, or to support our campaign, Almost Home, please visit


Director of Children's Programming
Jen Browne
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Executive Director
Aidan Connolly
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Director of Operations
Christine Cullen
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Director of Programming and Education
Rachael W. Gilkey
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Capital Project Manager
Carl Gillen
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Director of Development
Maura Greaney
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Development Associate
Adam Lamberg
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Programming and Education Coordinator
Tamar MacKay
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Director of Communications and External Affairs
Nik Quaife
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Marketing Manager
Kim Rossi
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Production Manager and Technical Director
Mac Smith
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Marketing and Membership Associate
Sarah Thorenton
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Vice Chair
Pauline Turley
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Georganne Aldrich Heller
Gerard Boyle (Chair)
Andrew Breslin
John Daly
Celestine Donaghy
John Duffy
James J. Houlihan
Kevin Keane
Shaun Kelly
John Martin
Shane Naughton
Michael McGrath
Margaret McGrath
Pauline Turley

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box office phone 866-811-4111
administrative office phone 212-757-3318 fax 212-247-0930
553 West 51 Street, New York, NY 10019 | DIRECTIONS
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office hours Monday-Friday 10 am – 6 pm


Irish Arts Center programs, are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.




Irish Arts Center programs, are made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.

© 2015 Irish Arts Center