International Mentorship & Bursary 2015/6
Mentor: Stewart Laing of Untitled Projects
Tom is a theatre and opera director based in Dublin. From 2011 to 2013 he was Festival Director of Cork Midsummer Festival, and was nominated for an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award in 2012 “for original and dynamic use of local spaces at Cork Midsummer Festival”.
Recent productions include Private View at Vlaamse Opera, Operadagen Rotterdam, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and on tour in Europe,
The Human Voice and Susanna’s Secret for Opera Theatre Company at Kilkenny Arts Festival and on tour in Ireland, Suor Angelica, Mavra and Renard for the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and Buddleia, O Go My Man and Into the Woodsfor the Lir.
In 2016 he will direct Britten’s Owen Wingrave for the Paris Opera Academy, Donnacha Dennehy’s new music theatre piece The Hunger at BAM in New York and Opera Theatre of St Louis, Die Zauberflöte for the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and Stravinsky’s Mavra and Walton’s The Bear for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
As part of the Pan Pan International Mentorship programme, Tom will develop One Day: a twenty-four-hour long stage production of James Joyce’sUlysses, following the timeline of the novel and proposing a demanding commitment and deep immersion for actors and audience alike.