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Mary Zimmerman
Professor, Jaharis Family Foundation Chair in Performance Studies
Performance Studies

Mary Zimmerman

Mary Zimmerman is a member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company and is an Artistic Associate of the Goodman Theatre. She has earned national and international recognition in the form of numerous awards. Metamorphoses, for which she received the Tony Award for Best Direction, was developed at Northwestern. Other acclaimed works include Journey to the West, The Odyssey, The Arabian Nights, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, and Eleven Rooms of Proust. She is the director and co-librettist of the 2002 opera Galileo Galilei, music by Philip Glass, at the Goodman Theatre, and director of La Sonnambula and Armida at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Zimmerman’s interests lie in the adaptation of literary texts for performance, directing, devising theatre.


PhDPerformance Studies, Northwestern University
MAPerformance Studies, Northwestern University
BSTheatre, Northwestern University

Recent Awards and Honors

Tony Award, Best Direction, for Metamorphoses

John D. and Catherine t. MacArthur Fellowship

2006 Northwestern University Alumnae Award, Graduate School


103The Analysis and Performance of Literature
210-1Performance of Poetry
326Performance Art
410Studies in Performance
412Performance of Individual Literary Styles