Ensemble Member

Since 2018

Anthony Irons (he/him) (Lookingglass Ensemble Member) is an actor, writer, director, and Ensemble Member of Lookingglass Theatre and Congo Square Theatre.  Lookingglass credits include The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Act(s) of God, and Treasure Island. He also wrote and directed Regal Promise, a fantasy video, as part of Lookingglass Theatre’s 50 Wards: A Civic Mosaic project. Anthony has performed with Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Shattered Globe, American Theatre Company, and The Second City. He’s received Black Theatre Alliance Awards, African American Arts Alliance, three Jeff Award nominations, and a 3 Arts Make a Wave Award. TV/Film credits include Chicago Fire, Southside, Empire, and Let’s Go to Prison. Anthony is also the creator, director for Hit ‘Em On The Blackside, Congo Square’s Youtube comedy series. 

Bio as of 2022

Anthony Irons, an actor who always resides precisely in the present moment and whose every entrance thus lifts the show.

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Artist Media

Credits And Awards

Theatre Credits


  • Support Group for Men (Goodman Theatre)
  • How to Use a Knife (Shattered Globe Theatre)
  • Jitney (Congo Square Theatre Company)
  • Waiting for Godot (Court Theatre)
  • Two Trains Running (Goodman Theatre)
  • Treasure Island (Lookingglass Theatre)
  • The History of Chicago (The Second City)
  • King Hedley II (Congo Square Theatre Company)
  • Top Dog Under Dog/ True West (American Theater Company)


  • Peach Drop Stop and Roll (Alliance Theatre)
  • Black Eagles (Penumbra Theatre)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aly Stephens Arts Center)
  • As You Like It (Georgia Shakespeare Festival)
  • Hamlet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival)
  • Camelot (Town and Gown Theatre)

Film Credits

  • Let’s Go to Prison (2006)
  • The Lucky Ones (2008)

Television Credits

  • Empire (FOX)
  • Chicago Fire (NBC)
  • The Chi (Showtime)
  • Sirens (USA)
  • Boss (Starz)
  • Chicago Code (FOX)


  • Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Actor (2012–2013)
  • Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Actor (2013–2014)
  • Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Leading Actor (2004)
  • Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement (2003–2004)


B.A. Theatre, University of Alabama at Birmingham
MFA Acting, Penn State University
Conservatory Levels 1 and 2, The Second City