(Bio as of March 2017)
Ann Filmer returns to Goodman Theatre, where she was the 2004/2005 Season’s Michael Maggio Directing Fellow and previously directed Chicago Boys and David Mamet’s Almost Done, Reunion and Dark Pony as part of The David Mamet One-Act Festival. She has directed over 40 productions in Chicago including Disconnect (Victory Gardens Theater), Eric LaRue (A Red Orchid Theatre), The House of Blue Leaves (Shattered Globe Theatre), In Times of War and Spare Change (Stage Left Theatre), as well as works with Porchlight Music Theatre, Prop Thtr, The Aardvark and Emerald City Theater. She also has directed for Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University, DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Circle Theatre and the William Inge Theatre Festival in Kansas. Ms. Filmer founded 16th Street Theater in 2007, where she has developed and directed the world premieres of Broken Fences, Rohina Malik’s Unveiled, The Scarlet Ibis, Love and Drowning and The Ascension of Carlotta, Menorca and Our Holiday Stories. She recently completed directing her adaptation of Tony Fitzpatrick’s trilogy This Train, Stations Lost and Nickel History: The Nation of Heat at Steppenwolf’s Garage Theatre. She also directed the Jeff Award-nominated Kita y Fernanda, The Beats, Our Dad is in Atlantis, Fires in the Mirror and The Last Barbecue. In 2001, she received an After Dark Award for her direction of The Liquid Moon at Chicago Dramatists. Ms. Filmer was the associate artistic director of Writers Theatre in Glencoe for three years and served on the board of the League of Chicago Theatres. While serving as the producing director of Chicago Dramatists from 2000 through 2004, she co-produced the National Showcase of New Plays 2004. She is the editor of New Plays from Chicago, Chicago’s first-ever anthology of new plays, and the creator and artistic director of Chicago’s Estrogen Fest.