Mary Zimmerman wrote the libretto for GALILEO GALILEI, with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein. She also directed the opera's world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, June 24, 2002 as well as productions at the Barbican in London and at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).
Mary Zimmerman is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play, and 10 Joseph Jefferson Awards (including Best Production and Best Direction). She is a member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, an Artistic Associate of both the Goodman Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre, and a Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Works which she has adapted and directed include Argonautika (Lookingglass, Berkeley Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Co, McCarter Theatre), Mirror of the Invisible World (Goodman), The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (Goodman, BAM, Seattle Rep, Second Stage), The Odyssey (Lookingglass, Goodman, McCarter, Seattle Rep), Arabian Nights (Lookingglass, MTC, BAM, Berkeley Rep, Kansas City Rep), Journey To The West (Goodman, Huntington, Berkeley Rep), Metamorphoses (Lookingglass, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Second Stage), Secret in the Wings (Lookingglass, Berkeley Rep, McCarter, Seattle Rep), S/M (Lookingglass), Eleven Rooms of Proust (Lookingglass, About Face) and a new opera with Philip Glass called Galileo Galilei (Goodman, the Barbican in London, and BAM.) She made her Metropolitan Opera directorial debut with Lucia di Lammermoor in the fall of 2007, and returned to direct La Sonnambula and Rossini's Armida.