Barry McEvoy’s first screenplay, An Everlasting Piece, was produced by DreamWorks Films and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson (Diner, Sleepers, Avalon, Rain Man). The LA Times review called the film “A small miracle of comic imagination.” and the New York Daily News called it “One of Levinson’s best films”.
Barry McEvoy developed and runs the screenwriting program for Flying Turtle Productions at the Abbey School and at the Pearse Centre in Dublin, Ireland, and is also on the panel for the Writers-in-Prisons scheme, having taught inmates at Dublin’s Wheatfield prison.
Barry has sold screenplays to Dreamworks, Artisan/Summit, and performed re-writes for Parallel, No More Workhorse, and Deadpan/Baby Cow. He did an uncredited re-write on the Joel Schumacher/Jerry Bruckheimer film Veronica Guerin, starring Cate Blanchett – a film he also acted in.
As an actor, Barry has performed in countless theatre plays and films and has worked alongside Jason Robards, Liev Schrieber, Heath Ledger, Jean Stapleton, Vera Farmiga, Billy Connolly, Sharon Stone, Derek Jacobi, James Nesbitt, Claire Forlani, Jonathan Price and Alan Arkin, to name but a few.
He has been directed by Sidney Lumet (twice), Gore Verbinski, Ron Maxwell, Karely Reisz, Joel Schumacher and Oliver Hirschbiegel, and has performed in plays by Harold Pinter, Václav Havel, Brian Friel, Bud Shulberg, Conor McPherson, Marie Jones, Wendy Wasserstein, John Osborne, WB Yeats and William Shakespeare.
Barry received a Screenwriter to Watch award in 2000 from Variety magazine and holds a Master’s Degree in Playwriting from the LIR academy/Trinity College, Dublin.