Marina Carr was born on November 17, 1964, in Dublin, Ireland, but spent the majority of her childhood in Pallas Lake, County Offaly (the source of the dialect used in most of her plays). Daughter of Hugh Carr, a playwright and novelist, the young Carr was raised to have a keen interest in theater. She and her siblings wrote and presented plays filled with troubled families, robbers, and witches. After leaving public school, she attended the National University of Ireland, University College, Dublin, graduating in 1987 with a degree in English and philosophy.
Because of her consistent and excellent contributions to the Irish stage, Carr has served as a writer-in-residence at a number of colleges and other institutions, including the Abbey Theatre, Trinity College in Dublin, and Dublin City University. Her commitment to writing shows in the steady stream of awards she has received since her short story “Grow Mermaid” and her play The Mai both won major awards in 1994. Consequently, in 1996, Carr was inducted into Aosdána, an honorary and highly exclusive affiliation of artists engaged in literature, music, and visual arts who live and work in Ireland. In later years, Carr, along with her husband and two children, has continued to make the colorful history and folklore of Dublin the inspiration for her dramatic works and to embrace the beauties of the countryside and villas as her home.