Born 1953, Ballaghderreen, Co Roscommon.
Education Arts degree (history and English) from University College Galway, where she joined the college drama society.
She has one sister and two brothers, including the late Jerome, who died in 2005.
Best known for
Founding Druid Theatre in 1975, alongside actors Marie Mullen and Mick Lally; and for reinventing Irish plays by JM Synge and Tom Murphy for a new generation of Irish theatre-goers.
DruidMurphy, a two-play performance of Conversations on a Homecoming and A Whistle in the Dark.