Irina Koreneva graduated from Vladimir Andreev's acting course at RUTI/GITIS in 1988. She subsequently worked with Vladimir Kosmachevsky in the Creative Workshops of the Russian Theatre Union where she performed in Kosmachevsky's Expanded Play Model No..., which was highly regarded by the theatre critics. Since 1992 she has been a member of the Stanislavsky Drama Theatre. During that time she performed Abigail in A Glass of Water (directed by Sergei Aldonin), Jassan in Masculine, Singular (directed by Semyon Spivak), and Vasilisa in The Frog Princess (directed by Olga Velikanova and Alexander Tovstonogov). In 2011 she and Vladimir Korenev staged Dangerous Liaisons, based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos at the Lomonosov Drama Theater in Arkhangelsk. Her film debut took place in 1991 in the adventure series The Weapon of Zeus where she played the role of Jeanne. Subsequently she starred in the films The Return of Mukhtar-1, The Blind Man, Kulagin and Partners, Rush the Presses-2.