Tom O’Brien – Directorial Resume

Tom O’Brien

Tom is an award winning Director, Dramaturg, Acting & Performance Coach and Teacher, with 20 years of experience working professionally in the entertainment industry.

Tom trained at Arts Ed London, National Theatre Studio and with Living Pictures.

Tom’s production of FABRIC by Abi Zakarian won the Scotsman Fringe First Award in 2016, and production of Foiled was Pick of The Fringe by the Stage.

Tom has worked as an Associate Director for Cameron Mackintosh in the West End and Internationally and at some of the UK’s most prestigious theatres.

His 2013 production of Philip Ridley’s THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE was recorded for the V & A Video Archive of Performance. Tom founded and was Artistic Director for TREMErs Theatre (2011 – 2016) and was acting Artistic Director for The Company Music Theatre (2013-14).

Tom received top praise reviews for directing the UK Premier of off-Broadway hit Afterglow at Southwark Playhouse in 2019.

His production of Our Friends The Enemy after a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe, UK Tour & European Tour transferred to Theatre Row in NYC in 2015

Tom has directed and is a Visiting Lecturer at some of the top performing arts institutions in the UK including Arts Ed, Mountview, Urdang, Italia Conti and the National Film and Television School.

Film/TV/Online Credits

2020 Director, Co-creator & writer – The Vicky Vox Project (6 part web-series) – New Frame Productions Ltd (Click to Watch)

2020 Director, Co-creator & writer – Outside of Me, In (Short Dance Film) – Lisa Rowley (Click to Watch)

Theatre Direction

2023 Screenwriting Short Play Showcase – Soho Theatre – National Film & Television School

2023 Graduate Showcase -Soho Theatre – Wales Academy of Voice & Dramatic Arts

2022 Screenwriting Short Play Showcase – Bloomsbury Theatre, London – National Film & Television School

2022 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre – Arts Ed, London

2021 Miss Saigon – Cameron Mackintosh – Vienna

2019 Little Women – Italia Conti

2019 Top Hat Irving – Queen Victoria & Queen Elizabeth Cunard

2019 Afterglow – Southwark Playhouse – David Adkin Ltd

2016 Fabric – Marlowe Theatre Canterbury/Underbelly – TREMers Theatre (Scotsman Fringe First Award Winner)

2016 Foiled – Edinburgh Festival – Duckspeak

2015 Our Friends, The Enemy – Theatre Row, New York City & UK Tour – David Adkin Ltd

2015 The Dogs of War – The Old Red Lion – Robin Rayner Ltd, David Adkin Ltd & TREMers

2015 Remote – The Drum Theatre Royal Plymouth – Kidz R Us

2014 The Wedding Singer – The Lowry, Quays Theatre – The Company Music Theatre

2013 The Fastest Clock In The Universe – The Old Red Lion Theatre – TREMers Theatre (Selected to be filmed for V & A Video Archive of Performance)

2013 How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying – The Lowry, Quays Theatre – The Company Music Theatre

2013 Coming Up – Soho Theatre – Short Plays By

2012 First And Last – Tristan Bates Theatre – Lonesome Schoolboy Productions

2012 Judy, The Righteous Jonathan Neil – Trafalgar Studios 2/The Kings Head Theatre

2011 Christmas Is Miles Away Chloe Moss – Hen and Chickens Theatre – TREMers

Associate/Resident/Assistant Direction

2022 Associate Director Miss Saigon (Directed by Lawrence Connor/Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy) –Raimund Theater, Vienna – Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

2020 Associate Director – The Phantom Of The Opera (Directed by Hal Prince/Seth Skylar Hein) – UK & Ireland Tour – Cameron Mackintosh Ltd/Really Useful Group

2017 – 2019 Resident Director – Miss Saigon (Directed by Lawrence Connor/Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy) – International Tour – Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

2018 Assistant Director – Little Shop Of Horrors (Directed by Maria Aberg) – Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park

2016 – 2017 Resident Director – Half A Sixpence (Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh) – Noel Coward Theatre, West End – Cameron Mackintosh Ltd/Chichester Festival Theatre

2012 Assistant Director – Dangerous Lady (Directed by Lisa Goldman) – Theatre Royal Stratford East

2012 Assistant Director – Thoroughly Modern Millie (Directed by Caroline Leslie) – The Watermill

2012 Assistant Director – Merrily We Roll Along (Directed by Nikolai Foster) – Clwyd Theatr Cymru

2012 Assistant Director – Ruben Guthrie (Directed by Nicola Samer) – New Wimbledon Theatre – Ironbark

2011 Assistant Director – A Clockwork Orange (Directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones) – Edinburgh Festival – Action To The World

2011 Assistant Director – Buried Child (Directed by Tim Trimmingha -Lee) – Upstairs At The Gatehouse – Ovation Productions