Tara Maria Lovett is from Bray, County Wicklow. She started writing for theatre in 1997, having attended the Dingle Writing Course under Michael Harding. She was awarded the Fingal Scribe Playwriting Award in 2000 for her one-act piece 'The Shape', which was later staged at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland's One-Act Play competition and brought on national tour. Further awards include the O.Z. Whitehead Playwriting Competition for 'Action Man' (2001), the Sean Dunne Literary Award for 'The Hen House' (2002) and the Eamon Keane award for best full-length play for 'The Piano Lesson' (Listowel Writers Week, 2002). Tara Maria Lovett was a participant in the Abbey Theatre's New Playwriting Development Programme. She lives in Dublin.