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Mary Zimmerman

School of Communication

Professor, Jaharis Family Foundation Chair in Performance


Areas of Focus

  • Theater
  • Stage adaptation
  • Directing
  • Performance Studies
  • Opera


  • John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship
  • Artistic Associate with Lookingglass Theatre Company and Goodman Theatre
  • Tony Award for Best Direction for “Metamorphoses” 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”
  • Director and co-librettist of 2002 opera “Galileo Galilei” with music by Philip Glass
  • Director of “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Rusalka,” “La Sonnambula” and “Armida” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, also broadcast live worldwide in movie theaters