Artist Bio

Emily Mann

Emily Mann

(Bio as of February 2012)

Emily Mann most recently collaborated with the Goodman on The Convert during the 2011/2012 Season. She is a multi-award-winning director and playwright in her 22nd season as artistic director of McCarter Theatre. Under Ms. Mann’s leadership, McCarter was honored with the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Her McCarter directing credits include Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics (also on Broadway), the world premiere of Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon (also off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons), Uncle Vanya (also adapted), All Over (also off Broadway at Roundabout Theatre Company; 2003 Obie Award for Directing), The Cherry Orchard (also adapted), Three Sisters, A Doll’s House, The Glass Menagerie, A Seagull in the Hamptons (an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull) and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Ms. Mann’s playwriting credits include Execution of Justice (supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship; winner of Helen Hayes and Joseph Jefferson awards; nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards); Still Life (six Obie awards); Greensboro (A Requiem) and Annulla, An Autobiography. Ms. Mann wrote and directed Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; winner of NAACP and Joseph Jefferson awards). For the Having Our Say screenplay, Ms. Mann won Peabody and Christopher awards. A winner of the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Directing Award, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on its council. A collection of her plays, Testimonies: Four Plays, has been published by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Her latest play, Mrs. Packard, was the recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award and was published by TCG in spring 2009. Most recently at McCarter, Ms. Mann directed the world premiere of The Convert, Phaedra Backwards by Marina Carr, the world premiere of Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I (at McCarter Theatre and Playwrights Horizons), and the world premiere of Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why. This spring, Ms. Mann will direct The Convert at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway with Wood Harris, Nicole Ari Parker, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Blair Underwood. Also this season, Ms. Mann’s adaptation of The House of Bernarda Alba, which premiered at McCarter Theatre, will be produced at The Almeida Theater in London. She is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of arts from Princeton University and was recently named the 2011 Person of the Year from the National Theatre Conference.

View IMDb page       View IBDB page

Watch & Listen More

  • The Convert Production Photos
  • The Convert Rehearsal Photos
  • The Convert Rehearsal Photos
  • The Convert Rehearsal Photos