11 Facts About Mary Zimmerman


Mary Zimmerman is an ensemble member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company, the Manilow Resident Director at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, and serves as the Jaharis Family Foundation Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.


Mary Zimmerman is currently a faculty member in the Performance Studies department at Northwestern.


Mary Zimmerman has earned national and international recognition in the form of numerous awards, including the prestigious John D and Catherine T MacArthur Fellowship.


Mary Zimmerman studied theatre and performance studies at Northwestern University, where she received a BS in theatre in addition to an MA and PhD in performance studies.


Mary Zimmerman is well known for her revivals of old plays and re-adaptions of classical and pre-classical works, librettos for modern operas, and re-presenting modern film and novels as stage plays.


Mary Zimmerman has directed several theatrical adaptations of literary works in addition to Metamorphoses, including Journey to the West, the Odyssey, Silk, Arabian Nights, and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci.


In 2017, Mary Zimmerman directed her adaption of Homer's Odyssey at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


In 2018, Mary Zimmerman adapted and directed Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier at Lookingglass Theatre Company.


Mary Zimmerman is the director and co-librettist of the 2002 opera Galileo Galilei, music by Philip Glass, commissioned by the Goodman Theatre.


In 2013, Mary Zimmerman adapted and directed a musical version of Disney's version of The Jungle Book, premiering at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the Huntington Theatre in Boston.


In 2015 Mary Zimmerman directed the musical Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.