Garry Hynes of Druid Theatre Company ( Artistic Director)

Posted: May 10, 2015 in Uncategorized
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arry Hynes founded Druid in 1975 with Marie Mullen and Mick Lally and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991, and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Born in Ballaghadereen, Co Roscommon in 1953 Garry moved to Galway with her family in 1965. In 1971, she started an Arts Degree (History & English) in University College, Galway, now NUI Galway. Upon leaving college in 1975, Garry founded Druid Theatre with Marie Mullen and Mick Lally.

Garry has also worked with The Abbey and Gate Theatres (Ireland) and internationally with The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal Court (UK), and with Second Stage, Signature Theater and Manhattan Theater Club in New York; and with The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.


Druid: Productions include: DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy (Ireland, England & USA tour), The Silver Tassie (New York, Irish & UK tour), The Gigli Concert (Galway Arts Festival and Irish Tour), The Cripple of Inishmaan (US, Irish & UK Tour, and Atlantic Theater, New York); Long Day’s Journey into Night (Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival); Leaves (Galway and Royal Court Theatre, London); Empress of India (Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival); The Year of the Hiker (Galway, Dublin and National Tour); DruidSynge (Galway Arts Festival, Dublin, Edinburgh International Festival and Inis Meáin 2005; Minneapolis and Lincoln Center Festival New York 2006); Sharon’s Grave, Sive, On Raftery’s Hill, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Leenane Trilogy (Royal Court co-productions); Lovers’ Meeting; Conversations on a Homecoming; Bailegangaire; The Shaughraun; The Wood of the Whispering.

Other Theatre (Ireland): Productions include: Afterplay, The Weir, Crestfall (Gate Theatre, Dublin); King of the Castle, The Plough and the Stars, The Power of Darkness, Famine, A Whistle in the Dark, Portia Coughlan (The Abbey Theatre).

Other Theatre (International): Equivocation (Manhattan Theater Club); Juno (Encores New York City Center); Translations (McCarter/Manhattan Theater Club, New York); Mr Peters’ Connections (Signature Theatre, New York); Crimes of the Heart (Second Stage, New York); My Brilliant Divorce (West End); 16 Wounded (Broadway); A Streetcar Named Desire (Kennedy Center, Washington);


Garry Hynes is the recipient of a number of awards including:

1988    Honorary Doctorate from the National Council for Education Awards
1997    Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway
1998    Tony Award for Direction of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh
2002    Irish Times ESB Irish Theatre Award for Best Direction for Sive by J.B. Keane
2004    Honorary Doctorate (DLitt) from Trinity College Dublin
2005    Irish Times ESB Irish Theatre Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre
2006    Freedom of Galway City
2009    Joe A.Callaway Award (New York) for Outstanding Directing for The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh. Link.
2011    Honorary Doctorate of Literature (DLitt) from University College Dublin. Link.
2012    Best Director Award for DruidMurphy at the UK Theatre Awards. Link.


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