Paddy Kelly - Director
Born in Ireland in 1952, Paddy Kelly left for New York City in 1966 where he finished secondary school and in 1971 attended the City University of New York on a scholarship. It was here that he was first introduced to theatre. During this period he came to direct off-Broadway productions of Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three and Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.
Subsequently, he developed a keen interest in writing and, returning to California in 1982, where he remained until 1985, he found employment as a script editor and writer. It was during this period that Mr. Kelly wrote his first novel, Politically Erect, a satire of the last days of the war in Viet Nam and the fall of Saigon. Offered a teaching post in the Boston area, Mr. Kelly returned to the East coast and earned his M.Ed. at Worcester University, Worcester, Mass. in 1990. After graduation, Mr. Kelly began writing plays and moved into writing and directing full time, focusing in satirical comedy.
Paddy Kelly is the author of several comedy routines written for other performers,several television productions, including an episode of the Matt Groenig animated series Futurama, numerous essays, articles, poems and short stories, has written and directed two short films and is the author of three other novels, The Merger, The American Way and Changeover.
Additionally, Mr. Kelly was formally the staff writer for X-Stream Pictures, acted as a stringer for the industry publications, Film Ireland and Hotpress Magazine, and was the Irish correspondent for the trade journal Variety.
Currently, Paddy Kelly has just finished writing and managing the production of the Gaiety School of Acting’s first student, feature film and is directing a production of Brian Friel’s The Communication Cord.
Paddy Kelly is a member of the Irish Writer’s Union, The Society of Irish Playwrights as well as The Irish Screenwriter’s Guild.