Ray’s first play BREATHING WATER (written while a student at UCC) 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 and went on to receive the ‘Best Male Performer’ Award (& ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ nomination) at the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards 2013), The show was awarded an Arts Council Touring grant and went on a Nationwide Tour in 2014 (showing at the Galway International 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 Centre Culturel Irlandaise, Paris, 2010, The Irish Arts Center, New York, & Electric Picnic 2011. 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 (2004), commissioned by Corcadorca Theatre Co., a play based on the closure of the Ford and Dunlop plants in Cork in the 1980s. BEATS ‘N’ PIECES, Commissioned by Rough Magic Theatre Co.’s SEEDS Initiative (Produced by Meridian Theatre Company in 2003). MIX IT UP (2002), a short Play commissioned and produced by Corcadorca Theatre Co. ‘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.