Garry Hynes

Garry Hynes (born June 10, 1953) is an Irish theatre director. She holds the distinction of being the first woman to win the prestigious Tony Award for direction of a play.


Hynes was born in Ballaghadereen, County Roscommon and educated at St. Louis Convent at Monaghan, the Dominican Convent at Galway, and NUI Galway.[1]

She is a co-founder of the Druid Theatre Company with Mick Lally and Marie Mullen in 1975 after meeting through the drama society of NUI Galway where they studied. She was Druid's artistic director from 1975 to 1991, and again from 1995 to date. Hynes directed for the Abbey Theatre from 1984 and was its artistic director from 1991 to 1994,[1] and also the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Exchange, Manchester, the Kennedy Center and the Royal Court Theatre, London.

She is the civil partner of film producer Martha O'Neill.[2]

Stage productions

Druid Theatre Company
  • The Cripple of Inishmaan, (Galway, Irish & UK tour, New York)
  • My Brilliant Divorce, (Galway and Irish Tour)
  • Long Day's Journey into Night, (Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival)
  • Leaves, (Galway and Royal Court Theatre, London)
  • The Playboy of the Western World, (Tokyo International Arts Festival)
  • Empress of India, (Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival)
  • The Year of the Hiker,(Galway 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 (Royal Court Co-Production)
  • Sive (Royal Court Co-Production)
  • On Raftery's Hill (Royal Court Co-Production)
  • The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Royal Court Co-Production)
  • The Leenane Trilogy (Royal Court Co-Productions)
  • Lovers Meeting
  • Conversations on a Homecoming
  • Bailegangaire
  • The Shaughran
  • Wood of the Whispering
Abbey Theatre
  • King of the Castle
  • The Plough and the Stars
  • The Power of Darkness
  • Famine
  • A Whistle in the Dark
  • Portia Coughlan



Hynes directed DruidSynge, the company’s critically acclaimed production of all six of John Millington Synge’s plays that premièred at the Galway Arts Festival in 2005 and has since toured to Dublin, Edinburgh, Inis Meáin, Minneapolis and New York. DruidSynge has been described by Charles Isherwood of The New York Times as "the highlight not just of my theatre going year but of my theatre going life" and by The Irish Times as "one of the greatest achievements in the history of Irish theatre."[9][10][11]

Awards and honours

Hynes has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Dublin (2004), The National University of Ireland, Galway (1998) and the National Council for Education Awards (1988).

In 1998 she won the Tony Award for Direction for The Beauty Queen of Leenane,[12] the first woman to receive the award.

She is a recipient of many other Theatre Awards, including The Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Award for Best Director (2002) and a The Irish Times Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre in February 2005.[13]

On 15 June 2006 she was awarded the Freedom of the City of Galway, its highest bestowed honour.[14]

See also


  1. 1 2 Fay, Stephen. "theatre: How she broke the Abbey habit" Independent, 5 September 1992
  2. Siggins, Lorna (19 December 2014). "Druid artistic director Garry Hynes and producer Martha O'Neill become civil partners: Private ceremony took place in Druid's Mick Lally Theatre". The Irish Times.
  3. Bacalzo, Dan. "Full Cast Announced for Encores! 'Juno'", 4 March 2008
  4. " Translations McCarter Theatre", accessed 7 April 2016
  5. Gutman, Les."Review. 'Crimes of the Heart', 2001, accessed 7 April 2016
  6. Fricker, Karen. "Review. 'Crestfall'" The Guardian, 23 May 2003
  7. 16 Wounded, accessed 7 April 2016
  8. Marks, Peters. "Uneven 'Streetcar' Still Something To Be Desired" The Washington Post, 15 May 2004
  9. Isherwood, Charles. "Review" The New York Times, 12 July 2006
  11. McGee, Celia. "Garry Hynes, an Irish Director, Arrives With 8½ Hours of Her Countryman" The New York Times, 2 July 2006
  12. Lefkowitz, David; Viagas, Robert. "RRRROOAARRRR!!! It's 'The Lion King' for Best Musical; 'Art' for Play Tonys" Playbill, 7 June 1998
  13. McGarry, Patsy. "'Distinctive and powerful record' of Garry Hynes' work recognised" Irish Times, 15 February 2005
  14. "Freedom of the City for Garry Hynes Saoirse na Cathrach do Ghearóidín Ní Eidhin". Galway City Council. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
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