Tommy has completed his dissertation on the role of American characters in contemporary Irish drama. His degrees include a B.A. in Theatre and Psychology from SUNY Geneseo, and a M.Phil. in Irish Theatre and Film from Trinity College Dublin. His research interests are expansive, ranging from classroom pedagogy to modern Irish theatre. Tommy regularly contributes to the discussions at ASTR and ATHE, and his work on the American character in Irish theatre can be found in a new book from McFarland Press; Portrayals of Americans on the World Stage. In production, his work as a director and scenographer has colored the stages of New York, Dublin, Prague and of course Pittsburgh, where he has directed four shows for Pitt Rep, including Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House and a compilation of Caryl Churchill’s short plays, entitled Churchill in Short(s). Always fervent about innovative new work, Tommy has spent many late nights working with playwrights in the Redeye Theatre Project, Pitt’s 24-hour theatre festival.
Research Interests: Irish Theatre, Theatre Pedagogy, 24-Hour Theatre Festivals, American Theatre, British Theatre, Postcolonialism, Fringe Theatre, Theatre as a Liberal Art.
The American Hyphen in Modern Irish Theatre: Irish-, Academic-, and American-Americans in the Plays of Brian Friel and Beyond in The American as Foreigner on Stage: Portraits of the United States in International Drama, edited by Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. 98-118. (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009) [Article in Book]
American Hyphen in Modern Irish Theatre: Irish-, Academic-, and American-Americans in the Plays of Brian Friel and Beyond in The American as Foreigner on Stage: Portraits of the United States in International Drama, edited by Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. 98-118. (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009) [Article in Book]
Theatre Turbocharged: Collegiate 24-Hour Theatre Festivals. Association for Theatre in Higher Education: Chicago, August 2011. [Conference session organizer and chair.]
Local No More: The Returned Emigrant in Irish Theatre. American Conference for Irish Studies: Madison, April 2011. [Conference Paper]
Landscape Displaced: O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms and its Irish Underpinnings. American Society for Theatre Research: Seattle, November 2010. [Conference Paper]
Showing Through Telling: Mark O'Rowe's Howie the Rookie and Dublin's Dark Diegetic Narrative. Association for Theatre in Higher Education: Los Angeles, August 2010. [Conference Paper]
Sundays at the Abbey: Engaging with Bloody Sunday and the Troubles at the Abbey Theatre, American Conference for Irish Studies: State College, May 2010. [Conference Paper]
The Long Shot: Emigration and the Prospect of Return in Irish Diasporic Film, American Society of Theatre Research Conference, Phoenix: November 2007. [Conference Paper]
Framing America: Locating the Foreigner in Contemporary Irish Drama presented in the panel "America the Foreign", American Society of Theatre Research Conference, Phoenix: November 2007. [Conference Paper]
Education & Training
- PhD - Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
- MPhil - Irrsh Theaare and Film, Trinity College (Dublin), 2006
- BA - Theatre and Psychology, SUNY Geneseo, 2002