Emily Mann Bio

Emily Mann
Emily Mann

Multi-award-winning Director and Playwright Emily Mann is in her 18th season as Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre. Under Ms. Mann’s leadership, McCarter was honored with the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Directing credits include Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics with Jimmy Smits (also on Broadway); the world premiere of Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon with Kristine Nielsen (also off-Broadway); Uncle Vanya with Amanda Plummer (also adapted); All Over with Rosemary Harris and Michael Learned (also off-Broadway; 2003 Obie Award for Directing); The Cherry Orchard with Jane Alexander, John Glover and Avery Brooks (also adapted); Three Sisters with Frances McDormand, Linda Hunt and Mary Stuart Masterson; A Doll House with Cynthia Nixon and The Glass Menagerie with Shirley Knight. Her plays include the award-winning Execution of Justice; Still Life (six Obie Awards); Greensboro (A Requiem) and Annulla, An Autobiography. Ms. Mann wrote and directed Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (Tony nominations, Best Director and Play; NAACP Award; Joseph Jefferson Award; Peabody and Christopher Awards for her screenplay). A winner of the Dramatists’ Guild Hull-Warriner Award, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on its Council. In 2002, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University. A collection of her plays, Testimonies: Four Plays, has been published by Theatre Communications Group, Inc. Her latest play, Mrs. Packard, was the recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award and will be published by TCG in Spring 2008. Most recently, Ms. Mann directed the world premiere of Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I.