Patrick Mason is a freelance director of theatre and opera. He has had a long association with the the Abbey and Gate Theatres, and served 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 English National Opera, Opera North, Wexford Festival Opera, Israeli Opera, Opera Zuid, Buxton Festival, Welsh National Opera, and Grange Park Opera. His production of Puccini's Il trittico at ENO was nominated for an Olivier Award.
For many years he was an adjunct professor at UCD, and his contribution to Irish theatre, as a director and a teacher, has been marked by honorary degrees from UCD and TCD.
He makes his Irish National Opera debut in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in April.