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 seventeen 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, The Good Father, There Came a Gypsy Riding and Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme both by Frank McGuinness, Ride On! by Seamus O’Rourke and The Bridge Below the Town by Pat McCabe with whom he has developed a close working relationship. 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 completed a three-week sell-out run at The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in September 2009 and the Tricycle Theatre, London in 2010.
He has worked as an actor throughout the UK and Ireland. Recent Theatre as an actor includes: Emerald Germs by Pat McCabe, A Night in November by Marie Jones (Ramor Theatre), The Ballad of Pat McNab by Pat McCabe (Livin’ Dred Theatre Co.), 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), The Ballad of Pat McNab by Pat McCabe (Livin’ Dred Theatre Co.). He has appeared in LOVE/HATE and the feature film The Ballad of Honky McSwaine and most recently in RTE’s Charlie. Padraic recently directed The Field by John B Keane and Are you there Garth, it’s me Margaret (Gaiety Theatre), The Kings of the Kilburn High Road by Livin’ Dred at Ramor Theatre and a national tour.