Tom is one of Ireland’s leading opera and theatre directors, with a particular focus on new plays and operas by emerging and established writers and composers. His productions have been seen at all the major Irish theatres and festivals, and internationally in over 30 cities on three continents, including performances at the Opéra National de Paris, the Edinburgh, Melbourne and Perth International Festivals, the Barbican Centre in London, and BAM, the Public Theater, the Irish Arts Center and PS122 in New York.
Recent work includes Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda with Irish National Opera, the world premiere of Mark O’Halloran’s play Conversations After Sex at the Dublin Theatre Festival, for which he was nominated for Best Director at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for 2021, and the world premiere of Michael Gallen’s opera Elsewhere at the Abbey Theatre.
Tom was previously Festival Director of Cork Midsummer Festival, Theatre and Dance Curator of Kilkenny Arts Festival and Associate Director of Rough Magic Theatre Company. He has worked as a mentor and facilitator for the Festival Academy since 2018. He is on the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland and the steering committee of Ireland’s National Campaign for the Arts, and is a board member of Theatre Forum (Ireland) and GAZE, Ireland’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival.