Morna Regan is originally from Derry City, Northern Ireland and is currently living in London. She studied English and Drama at the University of London and Central School of Speech and Drama and received a Fulbright Scholarship to undertake an MFA in Theatre at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She worked as an actor for many years before starting to write, performing with such companies as the Abbey and Peacock, Ireland's National Stages, Rough Magic and the Gate and various UK and US companies including the Donmar Warehouse and The Kennedy Centre DC.
Morna's short film THE CASE OF MAJELLA MCGINTY was directed by Oscar-nominated Kirsten Sheridan and executive produced by Ed Guiney. The film was the winner of the National Jury Award at the Cork Film Festival, the Festival Award at the Foyle Film Festival, Best Foreign Short at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival, the Gold Award at WorldFest Houston and the Silver Spire at the San Francisco International Film Festival. It was also nominated for Best Short Film at the Irish Film and TV Awards.
Morna's first play, MIDDEN was directed by Lynne Parker for Rough Magic Theatre Company at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, the Hampstead Theatre London and an Irish Tour. The play won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award in 2001, Stewart Parker Radio Play Award, the Jayne Snow Award at the Dublin Theatre Festival, the Heidelberg European Author's Award and was nominated for an Irish Times Best New Play Award.
Her most recent play THE HOUSE KEEPER was produced by Rough Magic Theatre Company in May 2012 in the Project Arts Centre Dublin. It won the Irish Times Best New Play Award, was nominated for an Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Award.
Morna has recently completed her first feature-length screenplay, AWAY FROM THE SUN with development assistance from the Irish Film Board. She is currently a member of the Royal Court Writers Studio Group and is writing a new play STILL LOVE as well as developing a television series with Objective Productions.