Emily Mann (director)
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April 12, 1952|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Harvard University (BA)|
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MFA)
She has been the Artistic Director of the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey since her first season there in April 1991.  As Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre she has overseen over 125 productions. Under Mann’s leadership, McCarter was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater in 1994 and celebrated the 2013 Best Play Tony Award win for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, which was commissioned, developed and premiered at the McCarter Theatre.
Mann is a winner of the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, Obie and Peabody awards, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Mann has received Tony Award nominations as both a director and a playwright. In 2002 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University. In 2011 Mann was named the National Theatre Conference's Person of the Year.
She grew up in Chicago, where her father taught history. She completed her BA in English literature at Harvard University (Radcliffe College) in 1974 and her MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota in 1976.
Some of her 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 Deavere 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
- David Auburn’s Proof
- Antony and Cleopatra featuring Nicole Ari Parker and Esau Pritchett
- Rachel Bond's Five Mile Lake
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 Joseph Jefferson 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 New York City 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 Award nominations including Best Play and Best Direction, and a Drama Desk nomination; a Joseph Jefferson Award and for the screenplay Peabody, a Christopher Award and an NAACP award nomination).
- 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.
- 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