Ray’s first play BREATHING WATER (written while studying for a BA) received an ISDA Award for Innovation & toured to the Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals in 2000.
Ray’s most recent play DEEP, Premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival 2013, garnering the ‘Best Male Performer’ Award (& Nominated for ‘The Spirit of the Fringe’) at the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards 2013. The show was awarded an Arts Council Touring grant and went on a Nationwide Tour (showing at the Galway Arts Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, The Dock, The Riverbank, The Half Moon, Cáirde Arts Festival & Make a Move Festival).
Other plays have included: MIMIC, (Premiered at Cork Midsummer Festival 2007. Touring to the Galway & Kilkenny Arts Festivals and Dublin Fringe Festival 2008 (‘Best Male Performer’ Dublin Fringe Festival Awards 2008). Also appearing at; PS122, New York (as part of COIL festival) 2010, The Cultural Centre Irlandaise, Paris, 2010, The Irish Arts Center, New York, the Electric Picnic 2011. Also Liss Ard, and Fit-Up Festivals 2012), TWO FOR JOY, (part of the NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama Ireland) ‘New-Stage Project’ 2008), A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PENCIL, (Commissioned by Graffiti Theatre Co. 2004/2005/2008. Presented by Arizona State University (ASU)/ Graffiti Theatre Co in 2007), RED SUN, a short play for Children, commissioned and presented by City of Culture 2005 to celebrate the opening of Cork’s tenure as European Capital of Culture. LOSING STEAM, commissioned by Corcadorca Theatre Co., a play based on the closure of Ford and Dunlop’s plants in 1980’s Cork. Produced by Corcadorca Theatre Co., 2004. BEATS ‘N’ PIECES, Commissioned by Rough Magic Theatre Co. (SEEDS Initiative). Produced by Meridian Theatre Company in 2003. MIX IT UP, a short Play commissioned and produced by Corcadorca Theatre Co. (2002) ‘Best Comedy of 2002’, The Evening Echo. Ray was Artist in Residence (City of Culture 2005) with the Independent Worker’s Union. Devising a play with the members, COMBINATION, a rehearsed reading of which, performed at the Beamish & Crawford in 2005.
In 2003-2004 Ray received an MA in Screenwriting (Hons), at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, (IADT) Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland.