Tom Creed 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.
Opera and music theatre productions include Maria Stuarda, Griselda and The Tales of Hoffmann with Irish National Opera, Owen Wingrave with the Opéra national de Paris and Opera Collective Ireland, Irish tours of Acis and Galatea, The Human Voice and Susanna’s Secret for Opera Theatre Company, Mavra and The Bear with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Die Zauberflöte, Suor Angelica, Mavra and Renard with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
World premieres of new work include Trade and Mary Motorhead by Emma O’Halloran produced by Beth Morrison Projects at the Prototype Festival in New York and LA Opera, Elsewhere by Michael Gallen at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, The Hunger by Donnacha Dennehy at Opera Theatre of St Louis, the BAM Next Wave Festival in New York and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Private View by Annelies van Parys, produced by Muziektheater Transparant, at Opera Vlaanderen, Operadagen Rotterdam, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and on tour, and air india [redacted] by Jürgen Simpson with Turning Point Ensemble in Vancouver,
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 by Music Theatre NOW 2015 as one of 14 notable productions “which are aesthetically innovative and reflect new developments in this genre” .
He was an Opera Hub associate artist of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin from 2015 to 2017.
His extensive work as a theatre director includes productions with the Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, Thisispopbaby, Rough Magic, Playgroup (which he co-founded in 2003) and a range of independent Irish companies, which have played in Ireland, the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. He was nominated for Best Director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2007.
His productions of Watt by Samuel Beckett with acclaimed Irish actor Barry McGovern have been presented at the Dublin Theatre Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Perth International Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Barbican Centre in London, the Public Theatre in New York and on tour in Ireland and the USA.
Recent productions include extensive work in new writing, including Conversations After Sex and Trade by Mark O’Halloran, Sure Look It, Fuck It by Clare Dunne and I Am Tonie Walsh by Phillip McMahon and Tonie Walsh, all for Thisispopbaby, The Bluffer’s Guide to Suburbia, Deep and Mimic by Ray Scannell, and Shibari by Gary Duggan, at the Abbey Theatre as part of the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival, major contemporary plays by Martin Crimp, Jon Fosse, Christopher Shinn and Michel Tremblay, classic plays by Shakespeare and Calderón, devised and site-specific work including Berlin Love Tour, which was presented in Dublin, Cork and Birmingham. Most recently he has directed Lady Windermere;s Fan, Summerfolk, Anatomy of a Suicide, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Skriker, Buddleia, O Go My Man and Into the Woods with graduating acting students at Dublin’s Lir Academy and ZOONOSIS created with Cal Folger Day and Rising created with Helena Enright for Dublin Youth Theatre.
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, has worked as a guest curator for Dublin City Council and the British Council, and was a member of the EFFE International Jury for the European Festivals Association. He worked on the cultural programme for Dublin’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2020, and has run masterclasses on festival management in Belgium, Greece, Russia and Uganda as well as online for The Festival Academy.
Tom is a member of the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland, a board member of Theatre Forum and GAZE Film Festival. and a member of the Alumni Steering Committee of the Festival Academy. He was a member of the steering committee of the National Campaign for the Arts from 2016-2022, and has previously been a board member of Macnas and Dublin Fringe Festival. He was artist in residence at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, in 2016/17 and 2018/19.