In the late 70s and 80s, Marie Mullen and close friends explored the great theatrical works on stage and learned and developed their craft there. She received no formal training but has become known as one of Ireland’s greatest actresses.
Marie is currently in rehearsal for DRUIDGREGORY which will be touring Galway in September/October 2020.
Marie recently appeared in the Druid production of EPIPHANY by Brian Watkins at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway during Galway International Arts Festival 2019. Prior to this she appeared in the role of Hazel in the Gate Theatre production of THE CHILDREN by Lucy Kirkwood and directed by Oonagh Murphy.
In 2021, she will play the role of Mrs Paroo opposite Hugh Jackman & Sutton Foster in THE MUSIC MAN on Broadway.
Other recent stage credits for Druid include the role of Queen Margaret in RICHARD III which will be revived later this year at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre in New York for the Lincoln Centre White Light Festival; the role of Mag in a revival of THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE by Martin McDonagh with performances in Ireland and the USA; multiple roles in DRUIDMURPHY Cycle which toured Ireland as well as performances in New York, Washington & the UK; multiple roles in DRUIDSHAKESPEARE Cycle in Ireland and New York ; and the role of Mommo in Tom Murphy's BRIGIT and BAILEGANGAIRE, all directed by Garry Hynes.
Prior she appeared in TESTAMENT, a one-woman show written by Colm Tóibín, and produced at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
Recent screen credits include the role of Una in the short film STRAY directed by Sinead O'Loughlin, Nellie in the short film THE BRIDGE directed by Mark Smyth, Lady Gregory in Treasure Entertainments' TRIAL OF THE CENTURY directed by Maurice Sweeney, Mrs Raine in the RTÉ series CLEAN BREAK and the role of Ruby in the short film PEBBLES directed by Jonny Shaw.
In 2006, Druid Theatre produced the extraordinary DRUIDSYNGE Cycle, which was a culmination of thirty years of work for all involved. The shows toured from Galway to Dublin to Edinburgh, and back to Inis Meain for a final week of performances. Marie played five completely different characters in the six plays, and is a champion for Synge.
Marie’s other theatre work includes: FAMINE, THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, CRESTFALL directed by Mark O’Rowe, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, THE LOVES OF CASS MAGUIRE, THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS, THE COLEEN BAWN and THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN to name just some of the many more that Marie has worked on in conjunction with Garry Hynes and Druid Theatre. She also appeared in the sell-out success LONG DAYS' JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Druid Theatre) alongside James Cromwell, Aidan Kelly and Michael Esper, at both the Town Hall Theatre in Galway, and at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.
Further screen credits include; HOW AND WHY directed by Charlie Kaufman, PURE MULE directed by Declan Recks, WHEN BRENDAN MET TRUDY directed by Kieran Walsh, DANCING AT LUGHNASA directed by Pat O’Connor, THE BUTCHER BOY directed by Neil Jordan, THE VAN directed by Stephen Frears and CIRCLE OF FRIENDS directed by Pat O'Connor, to name a few.
In 2005, Marie received the Irish Times Theatre Awards’ Best Actress Award for her performances in the DRUIDSYNGE Cycle and Irish Times Theatre Awards' Best Supporting Actress Award in 2012 for her portrayal of Missus in Tom Murphy's CONVERSATIONS ON A HOMECOMING. She has received many additional awards, including a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival for the DRUIDSYNGE Cycle, Best Supporting Actress Award for the Harvey’s Irish Theatre Awards in 1985 and 1983, Actress of the Year Award (Evening Herald in 1984 and the Sunday Independent in 1983).
Marie is based in Dublin.