Tom is a theatre and opera director based in Dublin.
Most recently he directed Jennifer Walshe’s short film opera Libris Solar as part of Irish National Opera’s 20 Shots of Opera project.
Opera productions include Griselda and Tales of Hoffmann (Irish National Opera, both nominated for Best Opera Production at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), Owen Wingrave (Opéra National de Paris and Opera Collective Ireland), Acis and Galatea, Susanna’s Secret and The Human Voice (Opera Theatre Company), and world premieres of Donnacha Dennehy’s The Hunger (BAM, New York and Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Annelies van Parys’s Private View (Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Operadagen Rotterdam, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and on tour), and Jürgen Simpson’s air india [redacted] (Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver). Other productions include Mavra and The Bear (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and Die Zauberflöte, Suor Angelica, Mavra and Renard (Royal Irish Academy of Music).
Private View was awarded the FEDORA Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera in 2014, Best Production at the Armel Opera Festival in Budapest in 2015 and was named as one of 14 notable productions of the last three years, “which are aesthetically innovative and reflect new developments in this genre” by Music Theatre NOW in 2016.
His work as a theatre director has been seen at all the major Irish venues and festivals, and on tour to the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA. He was nominated for Best Director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2007.
His productions of Watt by Samuel Beckett with actor Barry McGovern has been presented in Ireland at the Dublin Theatre Festival, Galway Arts Festival and on tour, in the UK at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Barbican Centre in London, in Australia at the Perth and Melbourne International Festivals, and in the USA at the Public Theatre in New York and on tour.
Tom was Festival Director of Cork Midsummer Festival from 2011 to 2013 and was nominated for an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award in 2012 “for original and dynamic use of local spaces at Cork Midsummer Festival”. He has previously been Theatre and Dance Curator of Kilkenny Arts Festival and Associate Director of Rough Magic Theatre Company.
His forthcoming productions include a new production of Private View for the International Opera Academy in Ghent, and world premieres of new operas by Irish composers Michael Gallen and Emma O’Halloran.
Photo: Ste Murray