Tina Brock

Co-Founder | Producing Artistic Director

Tina Brock is a co-founder of the IRC and has served as Producing Artistic Director since 2006.  She currently hosts and produces the weekly virtual interview series, Into the Absurd: A Virtually Existential Dinner Conversation @ IRC on Zoom and Facebook Live.   


For the IRC, she has directed over 50 productions, including Eugene Ioesco's The Chairs, Rhinoceros, The Lesson, Victims of Duty, Foursome, The Leader, and Frenzy for Two, or More; Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls; Desire, Desire, Desire; A Stye of the Eye; and The Actor’s Nightmare; Samuel Beckett’s Ohio Impromptu, Catastrophe, and Come and Go; and Edward Albee’s The Sandbox; Tennessee Williams’ The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow and  A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot; William Inge’s Come Back, Little Sheba;  Franz Kafka's The Castle, Charles Mee's Paradise Park; Witold Gombrowicz's  Ivona, Princess of Burgundia;  Nikolai Gogol's Marriage: An Improbable Occurrence in Two Acts;  Max Frisch's The Arsonists (The Firebugs); Boris Vian's The Empire Builders;  Jean Giraudoux’s The Madwoman of Chaillot


Awards and Recognition:  2018 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play, By the Bog of Cats, Irish Heritage Theatre;  Philadelphia Theater Critic's Awards: 2017 - Honorable Mention, Best Actress, The Bald Soprano, Best Supporting Actress, By the Bog of Cats; 2016 - Honorable Mention, Best Actress, The Chairs Honorable Mention, Best Director, The Chairs. Phindie: 2016 - Honorable Mention, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Production, The Chairs; DC Metro Arts: 2016 - Best Direction, Best Female Performance, The Chairs; 2015 - Best Direction, Exit the King


As a freelance actress in Philadelphia and New York,  Tina has appeared in theater, regional and national commercials, television and film.  Local theater companies  include The IRC, Luna Theater, Azuka Theater, Theater Exile, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Act II Playhouse, and Bckseet Productions. Favorite roles include Woman in Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs;  Aurelia in Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot; Nell in Samuel Beckett's Endgame, Nancy in  Charles Mee's Paradise Park, and any female character in any play written by Christopher Durang. 


Tina studied Journalism and Theater at University of Maryland, Speech Communication at West Chester University and graduate studies in Psychology at Rutgers University, while working at PBS affiliate WHYY-TV12 in development, on-air fundraising and public relations.  She has served as a freelance producer and writer and as an associate producer on the NPR radio show A Chef’s Table with Jim Coleman. Television credits include the pilot season of the series Ghost Stories; many years as an on-air spokesperson for PBS WHYY-TV12.  Born in St. Louis, Missouri and a big fan of the midwest, Philadelphia has been her home since 1984.