Padraic is a native of Bailieboro, Co. Cavan and trained as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He has an MA in Theatre Studies from DCU.
Padraic is Artistic Director of Livin’ Dred Theatre Company based in The Ramor Theatre in Virginia. He has directed their first fifteen productions The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Belfry, (both of which were nominated for Irish Times Theatre Awards) The Tale of the Blue Eyed Cat, The Snow Child and The Little Dance Girl, which he wrote for the company. In 2007 he directed The Tinkers Curse by Michael Harding which was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play and Conversations on a Homecoming for Livin’ Dred/NOMAD which was nominated for The Judges Special Award. He has also directed The Children of Lir; Shoot the Crow, A Christmas Carol and The Good Father.
Livin Dred/NOMAD’s production of The Dead School by Pat McCabe was regarded as one of the theatrical highlights of 2008 and was nominated for three Irish Times Theatre Awards including Best Production. It has just completed a three-week sell-out run at The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in September 2009 and the Tricycle Theatre, London earlier this year.
In 2009 Padraic worked for four months at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin as Assistant Director on the world premier of Tom Murphy’s new play The Last Days of A Reluctant Tyrant.
Padraic’s most recent productions are the Irish Premier of There Came a Gypsy Riding, for Livin Dred and the critically acclaimed Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme for NOMAD/Livin Dred both by Frank McGuiness.
He has worked as an actor throughout the UK and Ireland. Recent Theatre as an actor includes: Talking to Terrorists (Calypso Productions), The Green Fool, (UpState Theatre Company, National Tours) Two Houses (Upstate Theatre Company) Winter Came Down (Quare Hawks Theatre Company) Howie the Rookie (Library Theatre, Manchester) Shagnasty & Duck (Guilded Balloon, Edinburgh) Loves Labours Lost (English Touring Theatre, National Tour) Big Maggie (New Vic Theatre) A Skull in Connemara (Rocket Theatre, Manchester) and recently finished The Ballad of Pat McNab by Pat McCabe (Livin Dred Theatre Co.)
Writing Credits include: The Little Dance Girl (Livin Dred) Carnival at Glenaduff (Ramor Players) Going and Letting Everyone Down (Caomhnu Literary Festival) and The Night Joe Dolan’s Car Broke Down (Ramor Players).