School of Communication

Mary Zimmerman

Department of Performance Studies

Mary Zimmerman

Professor, Jaharis Family Foundation Chair in Performance Studies
Annie May Swift Hall
1920 Campus Drive, Room G07
Evanston, IL 60208
Graduate Programs: Performance Studies, Theatre & Drama, Writing for Screen & Stage

Mary Zimmerman is a member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company and is an Artistic Associate of the Goodman Theatre. She has earned national and international recognition in the form of numerous awards. Metamorphoses, for which she received the Tony Award for Best Direction, was developed at Northwestern. Other acclaimed works include Journey to the West, The Odyssey, The Arabian Nights, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, and Eleven Rooms of Proust. She is the director and co-librettist of the 2002 opera Galileo Galilei, music by Philip Glass, at the Goodman Theatre, and director of La Sonnambula and Armida at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Zimmerman’s interests lie in the adaptation of literary texts for performance, directing, devising theatre.


PhD Performance Studies, Northwestern University
MA Performance Studies, Northwestern University
BS Theatre, Northwestern University

Recent Awards and Honors

Tony Award, Best Direction, for Metamorphoses

John D. and Catherine t. MacArthur Fellowship

2006 Northwestern University Alumnae Award, Graduate School


103 The Analysis and Performance of Literature
210-1 Performance of Poetry
326 Performance Art
410 Studies in Performance
412 Performance of Individual Literary Styles