Mark O'Rowe was born in Dublin in 1970 and grew up in Tallaght. His hugely succesful play Howie the Rookie won the George Devine Award, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and an Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Award for Best New Play in 1999. The Abbey Theatre's 2007 production of Terminus went on to win an Edinburgh Fringe First in 2008. He was appointed joint writer-in-association at the Abbey for the 2004 centenary. Other plays include Made in China (Abbey Theatre), Crestfall (Gate Theatre) and From Both Hips (Fishamble). Mark O'Rowe was also the recipient of an IFTA Award for his screenplay for John Crowley's film 'Intermission' in 2003, and further collaborated with Crowley on the BAFTA-winning 'Boy A' in 2007. Mark's adaptation of Daniel Clay's 2008 novel Broken has recently been directed by Rufus Norris (London Road) and stars Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth. The film went on to open Cannes Critics' Week and won Best Independent Feature at the BIFAs in
2012. Mark O'Rowe lives in Dublin.