Guy Zimmerman

An award-winning writer, director and producer, Zimmerman has served as artistic director of Padua Playwrights since 2001. Under his direction, this LA-based company has staged over twenty-eight productions of new plays, including three in New York City and three abroad, that have garnered a host of LA Weekly, Ovation, Garland, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards and nominations. Zimmerman has edited a six-volume anthology series for Padua Press, distributed nationally by TCG. He has also produced and directed a series of award-winning digital media productions of original plays including Pronghorn, Girl on a Bed, Gary’s Walk (both based on plays by Murray Mednick), Snout, Long Gone Now, Djinn, Great Things, Hello, Say and Allen’s Love. Previously, Zimmerman wrote for network television, including the shows Cracker, The Pretender and Wonderland. His own plays include La Clarita, The Inside Job, Vagrant and The Black Glass. His articles and essays about film, theater, art, science and politics have been published in the LA Weekly, LA Theater Magazine, Backstage West, the LA Citizen, Cyrano’s Journal, Bedlam Magazine, the arts and culture website Times Quotidian, and in leading scholarly journals, including SubStance, Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, La Deleuziana and Shakespeare Bulletin. Zimmerman received a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Theater and Drama at the University of California, Irvine. He lives in Irvine with his fiancee, the artist and scholar Valerie A. Olson.

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