Conor McPherson was born in Dublin (August 6, 1971) and educated at University College Dublin, where he began writing his first plays as a member of dramsoc, the college's dramatic society. Today, he is regarded as one of our finest contemporary playwrights. Plays include The Seafarer (premiered on Broadway in 2007), Port Authority, Dublin Carol (premiered on Broadway in 2002), The Weir (premiered on Broadway in 1999), St. Nicholas and This Lime Tree Bower. His plays have been performed at Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages, National Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, Gate Theatre, New Ambassadors Theatre, Duke of York's Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival and Bush Theatre, and in several countries, including the United States, Ireland, England, Germany, France, Australia, Poland, Italy, Japan, Argentina and Uruguay.
He was nominated in 2006 for the Tony Award for Best Play for Shining City, nominated for the 2002 South Bank Show Award for Best Play for Port Authority, received the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award, the Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, was a finalist for the Lloyds Bank Playwright of the Year Award for The Weir; and was the joint winner of 1997 George Devine Award and the winner of the Meyer Whitworth Award for St. Nicholas. Mr. McPherson's screenplays include Our Lady of the Forest for Channel 4, Brothers for Film Four, The Actors for Film Four/Miramax, Saltwater for Treasure Films/BBC (premiered at the Berlin Festival in 2000 and received The International Confederation of Art Cinemas Prize), Endgame for RTE/Channel 4, I Went Down for BBC/Treasure Films (Best Screenplay, San Sebastian 1997, selected at Cannes Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Sundance Festival) and MacIntyre (commission for Treasure Films).
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