In 1996 he won the Kilkenny Cream of the Ireland award for Performing Arts for his work on Double Helix.
In 1995, his play, "True Lines", won the Stewart Parker Award for Best New Play.
He is associate director at the Donmar Warehouse.
He is a graduate from the University College Cork.
After seeing Mark O'Rowe's play 'Howie the Rookie" at The Bush Theatre, he approached him and asked him had he ever considered writing a screenplay. The answer was no. Six months later, he received a phone call from O'Rowe telling him that he had written a screenplay but not to tell anyone about it. The screenplay was for "Intermission", which premiered in the summer of 2003.
Brother of 'Laurence Olivier (I)' & Tony Award-winning set designer Bob Crowley.
In May 2005, he joined forces with British director Danny Boyle in an initiative backed by the UK Film Council which gives two screenwriters a chance to pen a feature film. Each director has their own theme and each successful writer will have their script directed by the two directors.
He was nominated for the 2005 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for his direction of Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman".
Directed 1 actress to an Oscar nomination: Saoirse Ronan, who is nominated for Best Actress for Brooklyn (2015).
Personal Quotes (1)
"It seems to me that the idea of transmitting coldness - whether deliberately or unwittingly - might offer an interesting imaginative starting point for a contemporary story, romantic, comic or tragic in tone." - On a particular theme he is eager to produce.