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.
In addition to acting, Irene is also a teaching artist, with a MS.Ed. 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!