Artist Bio

Mary Zimmerman

Mary Zimmerman

(Bio as of June 2019)

Mary Zimmerman is an Artistic Associate of Goodman Theatre, where over the past 25 years she has directed 17 productions including her own adaptations of Candide, The Jungle Book, White Snake, Mirror of the Invisible World, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Journey to the West and The Odyssey as well as directed Wonderful Town, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Trojan Women, Pericles and Silk.  Many of these productions as well as her Arabian Nights, Argonautika, The Secret of the Wings, Treasure Island and Eleven Rooms of Proust have played across the country and internationally. Her adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses which originated at Northwestern and Lookingglass Theatre ran on Broadway for year and she received the Tony Award for Best Direction of a play.  Opera directing credits include Galileo Galilei at the Goodman (with Philip Glass), Lucia de Lammermoor (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala) and Armida, la Sonnambula, Rsualka (Metropolitan Opera). Zimmerman is a Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University and an Ensemble Member at Lookingglass Theatre Company, recipient of the 1998 MacArthur Fellowship and recipient of numerous Jeff Awards. 

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Watch & Listen More

  • Director Mary Zimmerman on "Wonderful Town"
  • Wonderful Town Rehearsal Photos
  • Wonderful Town Rehearsal Photos
  • The Jungle Book Rehearsal Photos

With Goodman Theatre

  • The Jungle Book The Jungle Book
    1213 Season
    Play by Mary Zimmerman
    Directed by Mary Zimmerman
  • Candide Candide
    1011 Season
    Play by Leonard Bernstein and Mary Zimmerman
    Directed by Mary Zimmerman
  • Mirror of the Invisible World Mirror of the Invisible World
    0607 Season
    Play by Mary Zimmerman
    Directed by Mary Zimmerman
  • Pericles Pericles
    0506 Season
    Play by William Shakespeare
    Directed by Mary Zimmerman
  • Silk Silk
    0405 Season
    Play by Mary Zimmerman
    Directed by Mary Zimmerman
  • Trojan Women Trojan Women
    0203 Season
    Play by Seneca
    Directed by Mary Zimmerman
  • Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei
    0102 Season
    Play by Philip Glass et al.
    Directed by Mary Zimmerman
  • The White Snake The White Snake
    1314 Season
    Play by Based on the Classic Chinese Fable
    Directed by Mary Zimmerman
  • Wonderful Town Wonderful Town
    1617 Season
    Play by
    Directed by Mary Zimmerman
  • The Music Man The Music Man
    1819 Season
    Play by Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson; Based on a Story by Willson and Franklin Lacey
    Directed by Mary Zimmerman