Artist Bio

Ann Filmer

(Bio as of March 2017)

Ann Filmer returns to Goodman Theatre,where she directed the New Stages Festival production of Kathleen Tolan’s Chicago Boys and David Mamet’s Almost Done, Reunion and Dark Pony for The David Mamet Festival. She was also the Goodman’s Michael Maggio Directing Fellow during the 2004/2005 Season. Ms. Filmer is a director and adaptor of new plays. She is founder and artistic director of 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, one of just five theaters in the country to be twice awarded a National Theatre Grant from the AmericanTheatre Wing. For 16th Street Theater, she has developedand produced over 50 new plays in 10 years includingdirecting the premieres of Yasmina’s Necklace, Into the Beautiful North (with Miguel Nuñez), Carroll Gardens, Merchild, Kita y Fernanda, Do-Gooder, Pinkolandia, The Ascension of Carlotta and Rohina Malik’s first play,Unveiled. Ms. Filmer has also directed at such theaters as Remy Bumppo Theatre Company (The Clean House),Victory Gardens Theater (Disconnect), A Red OrchidTheatre (Eric LaRue), Shattered Globe Theatre (The House of Blue Leaves), Emerald City Theatre (A Charlie Brown Christmas), Chicago Dramatists (The Age of Cynicism), Live Bait Theater (Us and Them), Stage LeftTheatre (Spare Change), Circle Theatre (Golf) and The Aardvark (The Last Barbecue), among others. She hasdirected premieres by Will Dunne, Susan Hahn, Keith Huff, Laura Jacqmin, Aline Lathrop, Mia McCullough, Brett Neveu, Andrea Thome and Karen Zacarias.While working as producing director of Chicago Dramatists, she co-produced the National Showcase of New Plays,won an After Dark Award for her direction of The Liquid Moon and edited the anthology New Plays from Chicago. She also founded The Aardvark Theater Collective and Estrogen Fest (with Joanie Schultz and Marilyn Campbell) and was the associate artistic director for Writers Theatre in Glencoe. She adapted and directed the tetralogy: ThisTrain, Stations Lost, Nickel History and Midnight City, by and starring renowned visual artist Tony Fitzpatrick at The Steppenwolf Garage. Stations Lost also played in Brooklyn at The Boiler and toured to Brown University. Ms. Filmer was named on Newcity’s list of The Players:“50 people who really perform for Chicago.”