Brendan Murray grew up in the UK. Following a degree in Drama (Huddersfield Polytechnic, 1978) he trained as an actor at Drama Studio London and worked in regional repertory, commercial touring, fringe and young people’s theatre.
Between 1982 and 1985 he was Head of Theatre-in-Education at The Belgrade Theatre Coventry, writing and directing plays for schools, the studio theatre and the main stage. In addition, he has directed productions for The Brighton Festival/Glyndebourne Education, The Oval House, Doctor Fosters, The Crucible Studio, The Man In The Moon, Drayton Court Theatre, Theatre 503, The Hen & Chickens, The Minerva Theatre Chichester, The Albany Theatre Deptford and Oxfordshire (Touring) Theatre Company.
Teaching includes work for The Department of Education, The Central School of Speech and Drama, Sheffield Hallam University, Rose Bruford College, The Actors' Institute and Drama Studio London, where he is both a tutor Associate Director. He’s run workshops for South Yorkshire Writers and Ransom Productions, Belfast and spoken at theatre conferences in the UK and abroad.
He was Writer-in-Residence at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (1989/90), under the ACGB Resident Dramatist Attachment Scheme and since that time has undertaken commissions for Eastern Angles, New Perspectives, Glyndebourne Education, The Crucible Studio, Solent Peoples Theatre, Greenwich and Lewisham Young Peoples Theatre, Theatre Centre, The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, Hijinx, The Albany Theatre, The Unicorn, SNAP, The Royal Exchange Manchester, The Grand Theatre Blackpool, Polka, Red Ladder, Jersey Arts Centre, tutti frutti, Proteus, Oxfordshire Theatre Company and BBC Network radio. His work has been produced throughout the UK as well as in The Republic of Ireland, Holland, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Israel and the USA.
In 1997 he was awarded an Arts Council Bursary and nominated for a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Children's Play. He was runner-up for the John Whiting Award in 2000 and won Arts Council England’s Children's Award (The Brian Way Award) and The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play: Children & Young People in 2001 and 2009 respectively. He was the Visiting Gulbenkian Fellow at King’s College Hospital (2002-03) and Artistic Director of Oxfordshire (Touring) Theatre Company, 2003 to 2008.
He lives in Brighton in the UK: www.brendanmurray.co.uk