Conor McPherson

Playwright, Screenwriter, Director
In the 1990s, Ireland has seen a new flowering in the arts. Stage directors like Garry Hynes, filmmakers such as Paddy Breathnach and actors including Brendan Gleeson and Peter McDonald have emerged as have writers like ... Read more »
Born: 08/06/1971 in Dublin, IE

Filmography

Writer (6)

Paula 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Writer

The Eclipse 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Actors 2003 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Saltwater 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saltwater 2000 (Movie)

("This Lime Tree Bower") (Play as Source Material)

I Went Down 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (4)

The Eclipse 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Endgame 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director

The Actors 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Saltwater 2000 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

I Went Down 1998 (Movie)

Loser in Nightclub (Actor)
Music (1)

The Eclipse 2010 (Movie)

Guitar, Bass, Drums/Choral Piece (Music)

Biography

In the 1990s, Ireland has seen a new flowering in the arts. Stage directors like Garry Hynes, filmmakers such as Paddy Breathnach and actors including Brendan Gleeson and Peter McDonald have emerged as have writers like Martin McDonagh, Sebastian Barry, Billy Roche and Conor McPherson. Raised in Dublin, McPherson had always been interested in the tradition of storytelling and he found an outlet for it as a college student, acting and writing in productions. Following graduation, he and a group of friends founded their own theater company, producing his "Rum & Vodka" in 1992 and finding particular success with 1994's "The Good Thief." Although McPherson's "This Lime Tree Bower" was turned down by the major theater companies in Dublin (i.e., The Gate and The Abbey), it was produced at London's Bush Theatre. This play, like much of the writers early work, consisted primarily of monologues, which prompted some to feel he was incapable of writing a real dramatic work. Indeed, McPherson had his first international success with his one-person play "St. Nicholas," starring Brian Cox as a theater critic who becomes involved with supernatural elements. Even his acclaimed, award-winning "The Weir" is a quietly conversational piece that features a group of bar patrons recounting ghost stories. Yet in his first screenplay for the unjustly overlooked "I Went Down" (1998). McPherson more than proved the nay-sayers wrong. A wonderfully serio-comic look at low-level gangsters, "I Went Down" displayed the writer's gift for insightful dialogue and colorful characters. When he was tapped to make his feature directorial debut, McPherson turned to familiar material--the screen adaptation of his three-character play "This Lime Tree Bower" filmed under the title "Salt Water" (2000).

EDUCATION

University College Dublin

Dublin 1991
Began acting and writing plays while in college

Milestones

2007

NYC debut of "The Seafarer" at the Booth Theatre; earned Tony award nominations for Best Play and Best Direction

2006

Opened his play, "The Seafarer" at London's National Theatre

2006

Opened "Shining City" on Broadway; nominated for two Tony awards, including Best Play

2004

Premiered his play "Shining City" in London

2003

Second film directed, "The Actors" starring Michael Caine and Michael Gambon

2000

Feature directorial debut, "Saltwater"; adapted from his play "This Lime Tree Bower"

1999

Broadway debut, "The Weir"

1998

Screenwriting debut, "I Went Down"; film starred Peter McDonald and Brendan Gleeson

1997

Wrote and directed the one-person show "St. Nicholas" with Brian Cox playing the theater critic; later opened Off-Broadway

1995

Premiered "This Lime Tree Bower" at the Dublin Fringe Festival, before transferring to London's Bush Theater

1994

Received notice with the play, "The Good Thief"

1992

First play produced "Rum & Vodka"

1991

Worked as a tutor in ethics and moral philosophy at University College in Dublin

Raised in Dublin, Ireland

Formed own theater company after graduating from college

Became writer-in-residence at the Bush Theater

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