Garry 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.
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.ennedy Center in Washington D.C.