Garry Hynes is an Irish theatre director. She holds the distinction of being the first female to win the prestigious Tony Award for direction of a play.
Hynes was born in Ballaghadereen, Roscommon County and educated at St. Louis Convent at Monaghan, the Dominican Convent at Galway, and the National University of Ireland, Galway.
She was a co-founder of the Druid Theatre Company with Mick Lally and Maire Mullen in 1975 after meeting through the drama society of NUI Galway where they studied. She was Druid's artistic director from 1975 to 1991, and again from 1995 to date. Hynes directed for the Abbey Theatre from 1984 and was its artistic director from 1991 to 1994, and also the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Exchange, Manchester, the Kennedy Center and the Royal Court Theatre, London.