Emily Mann (director)
Emily Mann, born April 12, 1952, is the multi-award–winning Artistic Director and resident playwright for the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, where she has overseen over 85 productions. This is her 23rd season as Artistic Director. Under Ms. Mann’s leadership, McCarter Theatre was honored with the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater.
A winner of the Dramatists Guild of America Hull-Warriner Award and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Directing Award, Ms. Mann is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on its Council. In 2002 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University. In 2011 Ms. Mann was named the National Theatre Conference's Person of the Year.
She was born in Princeton, New Jersey to a Jewish family.
Some of her thirty McCarter directing credits include:
- The world premiere of Miss Witherspoon by Christopher Durang (also Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons),
- The world premiere of The Bells by Theresa Rebeck,
- The world premiere of Last of the Boys by Steven Dietz
- Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics at McCarter and on Broadway with Jimmy Smits (2003 Pulitzer Prize, two Tony nominations)
- Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (also adapted) with Amanda Plummer
- Edward Albee's All Over with Rosemary Harris and Michael Learned and at Roundabout Theater Company (Obie Awards for her direction and for Rosemary Harris's performance)
- The Tempest with Blair Brown, Romeo and Juliet with Sarah Drew and Jeffrey Carlson
- The Cherry Orchard (also adapted) with Jane Alexander and Avery Brooks
- I.B. Singer's Meshugah (adaptor and director) with Elizabeth Marvel
- The American premiere of The Mai by Marina Carr
- The world premiere of Anna Deveare Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, (also at the Mark Taper Forum)
- Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (also adapted) with Helen Carey
- The world premiere of Joyce Carol Oates' The Perfectionist
- August Strindberg's Miss Julie (also adapted) with Kim Cattrall, Donna Murphy and Peter Francis James
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Pat Hingle and JoBeth Williams
- Chekhov's Three Sisters with Frances McDormand, Linda Hunt, and Mary Stuart Masterson
- Betsey Brown (co-author with Baikida Carroll and Ntozake Shange)
- The Glass Menagerie with Shirley Knight, Dylan McDermott and Judy Kuhn.
- The world premiere of Edward Albee's Me, Myself, and I (also at Playwrights Horizons) with Tyne Daly and Brian Murray
- The world premiere of Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why with Mercedes Ruehl
- The world premiere of Phaedra Backwards by Marina Carr
- The world premiere of The Convert by Danai Gurira (also at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles; six Ovation Awards, including Best Director of a Play and nominated for thirteen; also nominated for three Joseph Jefferson Awards including Best Production.)
- Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance (play) featuring John Glover (actor), Kathleen Chalfant, and Mary Beth Hurt.
Other credits include:
- The Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire with Blair Underwood, Wood Harris, Nicole Ari Parker, and Daphne Rubin-Vega.
- Author of Greensboro (A Requiem)
- Author and director of Execution of Justice at the Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, and on Broadway (winner of the HBO New Plays USA award, the Helen Hayes Award, the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, and nominated for a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award)
- Still Life (6 Obie Awards including playwriting, direction and production of the season) most recently produced by Retro Productions  in NYC at the 78th Street Lab, directed by Ric Sechrest during February 2007, for which star Heather E. Cunningham, as Cheryl, was chosen as Marc Miller's "Performance to Remember, 2007" for Backstage East.
- Annulla, An Autobiography.
- Wrote and directed Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah Louise Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth at McCarter and on Broadway (3 Tony nominations including Best Play and Best Direction, and a Drama Desk nomination; a Joseph Jefferson Award, an NAACP award, and for the screenplay Peabody and Christopher Awards).
- Mrs. Packard had its world premiere at McCarter Theatre in May 2007 before transferring to The Kennedy Center in June. Acting edition published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc.
- Wrote and directed A Seagull in the Hamptons, adapted and modernized from Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. The play premiered at the McCarter Theatre May 2008. Published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc.
- Ms. Mann has also adapted versions of Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, and House of Bernarda Alba (recently staged in London).
- A collection of her plays, Testimonies: Four Plays, has been published by Theatre Communications Group.
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