Patrick is a freelance director of theatre and opera. He has had a long association with the Abbey Theatre, which culminated in his tenure as Artistic Director from 1993 – 1999. He has worked extensively with writers such as Brian Friel, Hugh Leonard, Tom Murphy, Tom Kilroy and Tom MacIntyre. His production of Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa won him an Olivier nomination in 1991 and a Tony Award for Best Director in 1992. He is also closely associated with the work of Frank McGuinness and at the Abbey Theatre directed the premieres of The Factory Girls, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme and Dolly West’s Kitchen (also Old Vic, London) and at the Gate Theatre he directed Gates of Gold. Recent work at the Gate Theatre includes The Yalta Game (Sydney/Edinburgh Festivals), Hay Fever (Charleston Spoleto Festival) and The Speckled People. Opera work includes productions for Wexford Festival Opera, WNO and ENO, as well as productions for Opera Zuid, Opera Ireland and Buxton Festival. In 2000 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Trinity College Dublin in recognition of his contribution to Irish Theatre. Patrick is currently an adjunct professor in Drama at University College Dublin and was conferred with an honorary doctorate by the university in 2013.