Tony-nominated actress Charlotte Moore is the artistic director and co-founder with Ciarán O’Reilly of the Irish Repertory Theatre, a theater company in New York City devoted to showcasing Irish and Irish-American works and performers.
The granddaughter of Irish emigrants from County Wexford, Moore grew up in Southern Illinois in a rural farming community. After earning her master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, she moved to New York City to be an actress.
She has had a distinguished career in acting and directing, having appeared in over ten Broadway productions, including Private Lives, in which she co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
In 1988, Moore and actor Ciarán O’Reilly founded the Irish Repertory Theatre with a production of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. The two had met when they were performing together in an off-Broadway play called Summer, by Irish writer Hugh Leonard. The Irish Rep is celebrating its 30th anniversary with its most ambitious undertaking to date, a comprehensive retrospective of Sean O’Casey’s life and work.
“It’s a geographically isolated country that produces extraordinary story tellers,” Moore says of Ireland. “It’s in the DNA.”
Among her awards are two Tony nominations, the Irish American Writers and Artists Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award, the Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Irish America Top 100, Irish America Top 50 Power Women, and being named Director of the Year by the Wall Street Journal in 2011.