Garry Hynes

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

Hynes was born in Ballaghadereen, Roscommon County and educated at St. Louis Convent at Monaghan, the Dominican Convent at Galway, and NUI Galway. She is the civil partner of film producer Martha O'Neill.[1]

She was 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, and also the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Exchange, Manchester, the Kennedy Center and the Royal Court Theatre, London.

Stage productions[edit]


Hynes directed DruidSynge, the company’s critically acclaimed production of all six of John Millington Synge’s plays 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’.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

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 on Broadway, she became the first woman to receive a Tony Award for Direction for The Beauty Queen of Leenane. She is a recipient of many other Theatre Awards, including The Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Award for Best Director (2002) and a Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre in February 2005.

On 15 June 2006 she was awarded the Freedom of the City of Galway, its highest bestowed honour.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
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  3. ^ "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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