Vincent O’Neill


Dr. Clement Moore

Vincent O’Neill plays Dr. Clement Moore in Nicholas of Myra. The pivotal role of Dr. Moore is an essential element in the film’s “bookends” that help to bridge the gap between the time of Nicholas and the modern era. The story of the fourth-century saint is presented through the eyes of this nineteenth-century character.

Vincent is an honors graduate in Arts (University College, Dublin) and Education (Trinity College), whose theatrical studies continued at the prestigious Abbey Theatre School of Acting, and in Paris with the legendary Marcel Marceau. On returning to Ireland, he won the Harvey’s National Theatre Award for “Best Newcomer in Irish Theatre.” He then founded Ireland’s first professional mime company, and also the Dublin Theatre School--a conservatory for professional actors. Later appointed to the Trinity College Drama Faculty, Vincent was invited to become a member of the prestigious Abbey Theatre Company as actor and director, touring major cities around the world. Both the President and Prime Minister of Ireland invited him to give command performances of his internationally acclaimed one-man-show, Joyicity, which has toured extensively.

Relocating to Western New York in the late 1980s, Vincent has worked as actor, director (and also playwright) in the region’s major theatres, winning numerous awards in the process. He is now a professor in the Theatre Department of the State University of New York at Buffalo (and formerly the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance). He has won the YMCA’s Toast of Buffalo Award for his many contributions to the cultural life of Western New York--including his achievements as co-founder and Artistic Director of the Irish Classical Theatre Company, winner of the Arts Council’s Outstanding Artistic Organization Award. In recent years he has been voted “Best Actor” by both ArtVoice and Buffalo Spree magazines. His film credits include Manna From Heaven released in 2003 and his current role in Nicholas of Myra.