Tinderbox Announce Patrick O’Reilly as AD and Jen Shepherd as Producer

Posted on 20 May 2016 in Productions

Tinderbox Theatre Company is delighted to announce two new team members: Patrick J O’Reilly as Artistic Director and Jen Shepherd as Producer.

Patrick J O’Reilly has a proven and impressive track record as a director, writer and performer both internationally and in Ireland.  He brings an exciting new artistic vision to the company of making extraordinary, innovative and entertaining new work for Northern Ireland and beyond. Patrick trained at the Le Coq International school in Paris and was previously the artistic director of Red Lemon Theatre Company. He has a passionate belief that participation, access to excellence and innovation and rigorous dramaturgy is integral to making ground breaking new work.

Jen Shepherd has a wealth of experience of producing and touring both large and small scale work nationally and internationally. She brings to the company an in depth-understanding of the process of making new work, a meticulous eye for detail and above all, an ethos of respect and care towards everyone we engage with: artists, crew, participants, audiences and funders.

Jen and Patrick will join dramaturg Hanna Slattne and Connect Director Don Mc Camphill to complete the team to build on the exceptional legacy of outgoing Artistic Director Michael Duke and General Manager Kerry Woods who led the company for 12 years and established its international reputation.

Thanks to their support and careful guidance in this transition, Tinderbox is launching straight into its first exciting new initiatives: Ignition and State of The Arts.

Watch this space!

Hanna, Don, Patrick and Jen


PJOR-6001Patrick trained at the Le Coq International School in Paris and currently lives in Belfast. Theatre Credits include: Gulliver; One Sandwich Short of a Genius; Big Telly Theatre Company Damage; Out Burst Festival 2014; Cabaret; MAC theatre; The Nose, Irish Tour; Bruiser theatre company; Hatch, Adventures of the Ugly Duck ; The MAC 2013 The Conquest of Happiness; World Premiere, Prime Cut Productions; Directed by Emma Jordan. Wobble Irish Arts Centre NYC, Replay Theatre, Assault Events; The Comedy of Errors; Lyric Theatre Wobble; Replay/ Assault Events, Hecuba; Kings College London, The Jungle Book ( Movement Director) Lyric Theatre; The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Oh What A Lovely War!, Candide, Lady Windermeres Fan and The Canterbury Tales with Bruiser Theatre Company; The Hypochondriac- t, Bah, Humbug! At the Lyric Theatre Belfast, Midsummer night’s dream with Creation Theatre Company Oxford, Carnival with Kabosh; Macbeth with Replay Productions. In 2010 Patrick was awarded the Stewart Parker BBC Radio Drama Award for The Weein..


Jen headshotJen been managing theatre productions and events since graduating in 2001. She has toured the UK & Ireland, the US, China, Australia and Europe with several companies including the award winning Watermill Theatre and Propeller Shakespeare company.

For the last seven years Jen has been a freelance Production Manager and Designer in Belfast, working with Replay, Prime Cut Productions, Kabosh and Ciaran Bagnall Design. Jen has recently project managed the world’s first BabyDay, one of seven Creative Belfast projects.