Nebraska Authors

Mary Zimmerman

Born 1960 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Mary Zimmerman is known for her work on The 56th Annual Tony Awards (2002), The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006) and Invitation to World Literature (2010). She writes and directs plays but thinks of herself as more of a director than a writer. In her words, "I can do original language, but not original plot. So I have huge admiration for what conventional playwrights do. But I have confidence in my theatricality." She "transforms classic literary tomes into daring and accessible theatrical experiences." She is the daughter of Dorothy Zimmerman.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Chicago, IL
Hampstead Garden, ENGLAND
New York, NY

Author Of

  • Play/Screenplay


Play; screenplay


Bachelor of Science Degree, 1982, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Master of Arts Degree, 1985, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Ph.D., 1994, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL



Places Worked

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Lookinglass Theater Company, Chicago, IL
The Goodman, Chicago, Chicago, IL


MacArthur Foundation Grant, 1998
Tony Award, 2002, for Director of Metamorphoses


Journey to the West. 1994. (adaptation)
Arabian Nights. 1994. (adaptation)
Odyssey. 1994. (adaptation)
Silk. 1994. (adaptation)
Metamorphoses. 2002. (adaptation)
The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci. 2003. (adaptation)
The Jungle Book. 2013. (adaptation)

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