Meet The Team
The Seville Suite was commissioned for Ireland’s National Day at Expo ’92 and was performed at the Maestranza in Seville. It has since received performances around the world including La Coruna, Shanghai, Caracas and New York. The Spirit Of Mayo followed in 1993 and was performed by an 85-piece orchestra and chorus in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. He was honoured with the 1997 Grammy Award for ‘Best Musical Show Album’ for the lyrics and music of Riverdance. The album is a certified Platinum record in the US, Ireland and Australia. The Connemara Suite, a trilogy of pieces written for chamber orchestra, premiered in Carnegie Hall in March 2005.
Bill Whelan’s Symphonic Suite from Riverdance has received its first performance in 2013. Linen & Lace, a flute concerto for Sir James Galway, was commissioned by Lyric FM to mark the Limerick City of Culture in 2014. A new musical, The Train, with lyrics by Arthur Riordan and music by Bill Whelan was performed in Limerick and Dublin in October 2015.
Bill’s production and arranging credits include U2, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, Richard Harris, Planxty, The Dubliners and many traditional world musicians and performers.
He played a key role in the evolution of Riverdance from the original seven minute dance number and went on to direct the full stage-show spectacular.
John has been closely involved with the Abbey Theatre – he was on the Board of the theatre for five years, served as Chairman of the Abbey Centenary Committee and directed a critically-acclaimed production of Dion Boucicault’s 19th century melodrama The Shaughraun. In May 2011 he produced a major theatrical event marking the historic State visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland. John is the director of the new music and dance stage spectacular Heartbeat of Home which had its world premiere in Dublin in October 2013 and has toured extensively to universal acclaim in North America and China.
John has received many awards during his career, including an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the National University of Ireland, in recognition of his services to the arts and entertainment industry.
He is also an accomplished photographer and is Ambassador for Trócaire, one of Ireland’s largest development agencies . The documentary This Is Palestine follows John on his journey through Gaza and the West Bank. His recent book of photographs Looking at the Same Moon, in aid of Trocaire documents the lives of people in Palestine and Guatemala.
Senior Executive Producer
In 1989 he returned to the world of theatre as a free-lance producer and, in 1994, he joined the fledgling Riverdance team on a consultancy basis. A year later he was appointed Executive Producer and since then he has been responsible for all the Riverdance companies and productions worldwide.
From 2005 to 2010 he was a director of Long Road Productions, an independent entertainment production and management company and has recently formed his own company, Tumblehome Productions.
More recently her work was seen on television in David Copperfield and on film in Veronica Guerin, directed by Joel Schumacher. Recent projects include The Prestige, shot in LA, and The Tudors, for which she has won three Emmys. She has also won two IFTAs for The Tudors.
Her most recent theatre work includes two Sam Shepard plays commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Kicking a Dead Horse and Ages of the Moon directed by the actor/playwright, and Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman starring Alan Rickman and at the Abbey. Joan is currently involved in a new adaptation of The Dead.
He was next approached by The Chieftains management to provide sound for their British tour. This relationship formed the basis for the development of his interest in sound design.
He has provided sound design for diverse artistic requirements, including Bill Whelan’s The Seville Suite and The Spirit of Mayo, Eurovision ’93, ’94, ’95, The Shaughraun (The Abbey), The Wiremen, Aïda, Handel’s Messiah (250th anniversary at The Point), Sweeney Todd (The Gate), Mother Goose, Beauty and The Beast and Cinderella (The Gaiety).
Associate Director and Brand Manager
became Dance Captain and Principal Dance. In 2006 he joined The Pirate Queen on Broadway, before returning to Riverdance in 2008. He has performed for heads of state from around the world, and he has performed on and choreographed for a number of high profile television shows such as Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. Padraic is proud of his continued involvement in Riverdance as Associate Director and Brand Manager and gives special thanks to the team who deliver the show every night and to his wife Niamh, daughter Juliette May, son Harrison Rhys, his father, brothers, and sister for their support. He dedicates all his work to his late mother Christine Moyles.
For High Res
Lead Designer for High Res
Creative Director at High Res Lighting, Dublin. He was part of the team for the London Olympic Games, and Associate Lighting Designer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Games; this team won an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Lighting Design for a Variety Special’. His work includes the GAA 125 Celebrations and Skyfest for the St. Patrick’s Festival. TV credits include Dancing With the Stars, The Voice of Ireland, Blind Date, Deal or No Deal, RTÉ’s show Centenary and the televised Croke Park leg of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland. Co-founder of WHATSIT and as a pioneer of projection mapping and architectural lighting in Ireland, he has lit some of Ireland’s most iconic buildings and spectacular festivals.
Awards: All Shook Up - Love Me Tender was nominated for Best Lighting Design, John Kraaijkamp Musical Awards 2010.