David is Artistic Director of Bewley’s Café Theatre, a freelance theatre director and a core Acting Tutor at the Lir National Academy. He graduated from the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College and trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He has been Staff Director at the Abbey, won Edinburgh Fringe Firsts for New Writing, directed classic work by the likes of Friel and Shakespeare, and staged commercial large scale shows at the Olympia and Gaiety Theatres. He has also directed successful runs in London and New York.
Directing highlights include: Beowulf: the Blockbuster (Edinburgh Fringe Stage Award, IAC New York, NY Times Critic’s Pick), These Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan (Edinburgh Fringe First Winner/DTF 2012), Moment by Deirdre Kinahan (Bush Theatre, London), Moll by John B Keane (Gaiety, MCD/Verdant Productions), Pineapple by Phillip McMahon (Calipo/DTF), Hue and Cry by Deirdre Kinahan (IAC New York Times Critics Pick, Bewleys), Macbeth and Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel (Second Age), Anglo the Musical (re-envisaged for the Olympia), In The Pipeline by Gary Owen (Paines Plough/Oran Mor Theatre, Glasgow), The Death of Harry Leon by Conall Quinn (Winner of the Stewart Parker Award for Best New Play 2009), Peter Pan (Pavilion Theatre @ Christmas), and the award-winning Tick my Box! (Inis Theatre) among others.
David is also an award-winning screenwriter, having co-written Belonging to Laura, a contemporary film adaptation of Lady Windermere’s Fan (Accomplice/TV3) and The Importance of Being Whatever, an adaption of Earnest (IFTA Winner 2012).