GRADUATE 1998 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER 1996
SHAKESPEARE SUMMER 1994 MANCHESTER
PHOENIX CONTEMPORARY THEATRE SCHOOL 1993
GAIETY SCHOOL OF ACTING SUMMER 1993
Aidan J Crowley / AODHÁN S O' CRUADHLAOÍ
Aidan J Crowley was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1976 and raised in Co. Cork. He has been a professional actor and singer for over twenty years with numerous credits to his name. He is also a filmmaker, writing/directing many short films and has been working on his feature debut, a triptych called The Scowling Dusk, as actor/writer/director/producer. There are additional film projects in the works such as If You Only Wate A Whil Longer, NewtonCorrigan, 401 and Netherwood. He is known for his independence in filmmaking and preferring to shoot using old-fashioned in-camera methods, whilst creating his own particular stylistic design and acting on his films and in cinematography, puppetry, stop-motion and make-ups, logos and publicity. As an actor he is known for his research, immersing himself into the role and changing his appearance for every part. Crowley continues an eclectic workload including his music and voice (see below) his own songwriting and lunchtime recital series A Wave Will Rise On Quiet Water of broader song and poetry. There are boutique publishing projects such as AtlanticSanctuary and WhenTimeWasAPlayfulChild, the poetry of his late friend Tom O'Connor. He is also recording an ongoing selection from Shakespeare called In This Last Tempest.
Initially training as a professional actor at Mountview Theatre School in London (graduating 1998), winning both theStage newspaper three year acting and musical theatre scholarship and the Mountview singing scholarship. After more than twenty years in the business he has played over eighty different roles in various guises to date. Essentially a character actor, he usually never looks the same as the part requires and prefers to go as far as he can with 'transformation' in acting. He has been described as a Method actor although this is not necessarily accurate. He is currently preparing to shoot a feature film trilogy in which he will play a major character and produce/direct.
Crowley also studied acting at the Cork Arts and Theatre Club, the Phoenix Contemporary Theatre School, the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, two seasons at the Manchester Youth Theatre (NYT), Shakespeare at RADA and with the Actors Company at the London Centre for Theatre Studies. He began a Master's Degree in Shakespeare at Royal Holloway (University of London) but had to leave due to being offered a theatre tour.
Throughout 2013 Crowley produced his one man show entitled We Are Dust & Shadow as part of the Solo Festival at the Lord Stanley Theatre and subsequently at the Baron's Court Theatre. This performance won the award for Most Original Act at the 2013 Solo Festival in London. Prior to returning to the role of Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore tour in 2014 he appeared as The Fool in theEclipse at the Union Theatre, which he also produced. Selected Theatre credits include: Blossom, Bellowes u/s and Postman in Doctor Dolittle UK Tour, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, Valene in The Lonesome West, Louis in Chelinot, George in Private Exposure, Kreutchmar in The Surgeon & the Nurse, Toennesen in The Pillars of Society, Mick Connor in Comedians, Rev. Hale in The Crucible, Pastor Manders in Ghosts, Soldier in Bacchai, Ghoul in The Rocky Horror Show, Raynor in Black Coffee, Det. Sgt. Penny in The Hollow, Sandy Tyrell in Hay Fever, Allwit in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, Solyony in Three Sisters, Bill in Popcorn, Constable in Wait Until Dark, John in Oleanna, Roy Cohn in Angels in America Part 1, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Richard Mulcahy in Frongoch, Rakitin in A Month in the Country, Whitney in The Stonewater Rapture, Bandit/Johnstone in The Hard Man, Peter Kien in The Windmill, Gold in The Wild Party, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, The Commissioner in Lysistrata.
Film/Television/Commercial includes: Tenor in Conn-X Greece, Patient in The Psychiatrist RaboBank Ireland, Dandy in Badger or Bust trailer, Husband in Halifax Ireland, Travolta in Daddy Cool, The Man in Old Friend, Fish in Lee's Sitcom, Addict in Discovery Theme Parks, Dave in Fruice, Rebel in Nobby's Nuts, Crazy Hair in Manpower.
Voiceover/Radio includes: Time Warner, Cartoon Network, Thresher's, guest newspaper reviewer on BBC London 94.9fm.
Voice & Music
Crowley is an Heroic Tenor and he has studied voice with many highly regarded vocal tutors over the years including: Susie Webster, Nathan Martin, Claire Groom, Phillip Tebb, Lynton Atkinson, Alexander Massey, Neil Howlett, Mary Hammond RAM, Roderick Earle RCM.
He is also a singer/songwriter and created 593records to produce his own Alternative/Vocals/Guitars/Orchestral music; an experiment in music exploring a hybrid-classical style, aria, songwriting, folk/rock and classical voice. Crowley is working on recording his first complete album and likes to experiment in his own unique, simple Guitar style, each song written with different/unusual tunings, whilst working with various effects systems and orchestrations.
Creative & Artist
In 2013 Crowley decided to take more control and focus more on his own works and produce his own film and music projects and he has been working on this ever since. To pursue and produce his own works as a musician, writer, publisher, producer, director and filmmaker. Aidan also has a focus on effective altruism with an interest in different Cultures and Diversity and an intense dislike of racism and bigotry of any kind, Crowley makes it a point to concern as much of a multicultural a cast and crew for his film projects as might be possible.
Crowley, an actor, writer, producer, director, filmmaker, tenor, songwriter, musician...obviously has many interests, with an eclectic variety of creative projects in operation at any one time. Known for his multifaceted interests and a great curiosity towards life, Crowley's pursuits have taken him on adventures as varied as research into his great love of Shakespeare, Esoteric Philosophy and even in the medical world as a Corporal in the Irish Red Cross and in the operating room, training for a time in the NHS as an anaesthetic and surgical assistant. He is also a published writer, art collector and an artist in pastel/pencil. Aviation is also a very important escape from the world and he is a student Private Pilot.
Aidan Crowley is a notoriously private man but you can find him on Twitter: @AidanCmusic and his website.