Marina Carr was raised in County Offaly. She graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in English and Philosophy in 1987. Marina’s plays have been published by Nick Hern Books, The Gallery Press and Faber & Faber and translated into many languages. She was awarded a McCauley Fellowship, the American/Ireland Fund award, the Puterbaugh Fellowship, an E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and, in 2017, the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize. Marina has taught at Trinity College Dublin, Villanova University and Princeton University.
Her plays include the central trio of The Mai (1994), Portia Coughlan (1996) and By the Bog of Cats (1998), alongside The Cordelia Dream (RSC), Marble (Abbey, Teatro Vascello Rome), 16 Possible Glimpses (Abbey), Phaedra Backwards (McCarter Princeton), On Rafteryís Hill (Royal Court, London), Low In The Dark (Project Arts Centre, Dublin), Ullaloo (Abbey, Dublin Theatre Festival), Ariel (Abbey), and two plays for children As Meat Is To Salt (Abbey) and The Giant Blue Hand (The Ark). She has written a new, contemporary translation of Rigoletto for Opera Theatre Company which toured Ireland in 2015 and an oratorio, Mary Gordon, as part of a commission for Wicklow County Council that brought together choirs from Wicklow with solo singers and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in November 2016. Her stage adaptation of Anna Karenina premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 2016. She lectures at Dublin City University and is a member of Aosdana.