Tom previously directed Stravinsky’s Renard and Mavra for the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the Lir. He was staff director on Così fan tutte for Welsh National Opera in 2011 and was a participant on the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music from 2011 to 2013, where he completed a Fellowship. He is currently developing Private View, a new opera by Belgian composer, Annelies van Parys, which will be produced by Musiektheater Transparant and premiere at the Flemish Opera in Antwerp in May 2015, before touring extensively in Europe. He is a member of Opera Theatre Company’s Opera Hub and is developing new opera and music theatre projects in Canada and the USA.
His extensive work as a director over the past ten years includes productions for the Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, his own company Playgroup and a range of independent Irish companies which have played in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. He was nominated for Best Director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2007. Most recently, he directed Into the Woods and O Go My Man for the graduating acting students at the Lir. His production of Watt by Samuel Beckett with acclaimed Irish actor, Barry McGovern, has been presented at the Dublin Theatre Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Perth International Festival, the Barbican Centre in London, the Public Theatre in New York and on tour in the USA, and continues to tour internationally. From 2011 to 2013, Tom was Festival Director of Cork Midsummer Festival, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts festivals. He was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award in 2012 for “original and dynamic use of local spaces at Cork Midsummer Festival.”