Stevie Zimmerman made her Washington DC area debut with By Jeeves at 1st Stage Theatre and returned there in 2013 for the DC area premiere of Billy Elliott author Lee Hall’s play The Pitmen Painters.  For Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions she has directed “Rabbit Hole” and “Time Stands Still”. In 2017 she directed Quotidian Theatre Company’s “Doubt” and 4615 Theatre’s “Electra” in an adaptation by Nick Payne. In the greater DC area she has also directed at the Capital Fringe, Theatre of the First Amendment, for the Playwrights’ Forum, the McLean Drama Company at Woolly Mammoth, Doorway Arts Ensemble, Beltway Drama Series, Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival and for George Mason University’s Mainstage Series. 

In 2009 Stevie was hired by the newly formed Playhouse on Park to direct the first professional production to ever be mounted in West Hartford, Collected Stories by Donald Margulies, and was immediately invited to return for performances of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. She returned in Fall 2012 to direct Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy and again in Spring 2016 for Margaret Edson’s “Wit”

Stevie received her training at the Workshop Theatre of the University of Leeds in England, where she was awarded a Master’s degree, with Distinction in Directing. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University. As Associate Professor of Theatre at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford she directed many productions, including Ibsen’s Ghosts, Euripides’ The Trojan Women, The Voysey Inheritance by Harley Granville Barker, Awake and Sing by Clifford Odets, Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing, Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler, Lorca’s Yerma, and Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel.  
At The Hartt School Stevie also taught classes in Text Analysis and Theater History and performed as a narrator in productions of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and L’Histoire du Soldat and Walton’s fiendish Façade.

“ I started out wanting to be an actor, but had the good fortune in my teens to work at the Old Vic in London with several exceptional, talented, instinctive actors who were everything I knew I could never be. 
Instead, I took on a directing gig whilst at Oxford, and suddenly I was wearing the right skin. I am rarely happier than in the rehearsal room. Despite my classical roots and love of Shakespeare, Miller, Odets, Euripides and Moliere, over the last several years I’ve directed an increasing amount of new work, as well as delving into musicals, the theatre of the absurd, farce and, of course, contemporary realism.  
A combination of choosing the right actors with whom to collaborate and trusting the text has yielded a series of successful productions.”

Coming up next: Electra, adapted by Nick Payne

4615 Theatre Company. Oct 21 - Nov 4, 2017

Stevie Zimmerman, Director

“you must see the play if she’s director.”

DC Theatre Scene