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Irene Rising is an actress and teaching artist based in New York City and Los Angeles. Most recently, she can be seen acting with Anne Hathaway in WeCrashed on Apple TV+. On Netflix, Irene played the funny, off-beat "Franny" in 2019's Tales of the City alongside Daniela Vega, Jen Richards and Eve Lindley. She made her off-broadway debut in 2017 as "Lady" in MCC Theater's Charm by Philip Dawkins. TheaterMania praised her performance, highlighting that Irene "elegantly walks the line between comedy and gravity." For her acclaimed work in Charm, she was featured on YesBroadway’s “40 Under 40: Broadway Class of 2018”. 

In February 2023, Irene originated the role of "Pauline" in the new musical MISS STEP at Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA. The production was directed by Connor Gallagher and choreographed by Jay Jackson (Laganja Estranja). As a trans woman, Irene is passionate about bringing authentic representation to trans characters. She has performed in theaters across NYC, including Playwrights Horizons, Joe's Pub, MCC Theater, Musical Theatre Factory, New Dramatists, The Green Room 42, The Duplex, and Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance.

She is a member of the Actors' Equity Association.

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In addition to acting, Irene is also a teaching artist, currently earning her Masters of Science degree in Educational Theatre. She has a particular interest in bringing the arts to queer and trans communities as well as other marginalized populations. For more on her teaching artist work, please click the button below!

Irene is Represented by Avalon Artists Group

225 W. 35th Street, Suite 1701

New York, NY 10001


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Performance Reviews for Charm at MCC Theater:

*Note: Rising went by Marky Irene Diven at the time of the performance. Her current name is reflected.

"[Rising] elegantly walks the line between comedy and gravity in portraying a character that is seriously troubled, but also written to be funny." - Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania

"[Rising]'s performance as "Lady" is particularly complex." - Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast

“[Rising] shines as Lady. The character is drowning in fear and self-doubt due to physical and emotional victimization and gender confusion. The arc of this character's catharsis during the course of the play is beautifully interpreted." - Domenick Danza, More Than The Play

"Special shoutout to [Irene Rising]. Her heartbreaking performance proves she is an actress to be reckoned with. She's gonna catch the attention of award nominating committees!" - Sam Maher, YesBroadway

"[Rising’s] performance in MCC's Charm last year broke our hearts and proved she is an actress to be reckoned with. She's a true inspiration in the theater community and someone who we all can't wait to see continue to shine on the stage and screen!" - Sam Maher, YesBroadway

"[Rising] gives the amorphous character of Lady a sharp profile." - David Barbour, Lighting and Sound America

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