Patrick has a long association with the Abbey and Gate Theatres, Dublin, serving two terms as Artistic Director of the Abbey. He has directed new plays by many Irish writers such as Frank McGuinness, Marina Carr, Tom Murphy, Tom Kilroy and Brian Friel. His production of Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa won a Tony Award for Best Director on Broadway. His work in opera includes productions for ENO, Opera North, Wexford Opera Festival, Israeli Opera, Opera Zuid, Buxton Festival, WNO and Grange Park Opera. His Il Trittico for ENO was nominated for an Olivier Award. For many years he was an Adjunct Professor at UCD and his contribution to Irish theatre, as director and teacher, has been marked by honorary degreees from UCD and TCD. He is a keen amateur pianist and concert-goer, and enjoys walking in the Wicklow Mountains.