Martin Zimmerman (T'07)

Summer 2015 - ​Martin Zimmerman’s (T’07) play Let Me Count The Ways had readings at Philadelphia Theatre Company and New York Theatre Workshop this past winter, and his play On The Exhale just had a workshop at Goodman Theatre, and his play Seven Spots On The Sun is having its West Coast Premiere at The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena this October. He also completed a stint as a staff writer on Season 1 of the upcoming Netflix show Narcos this past winter and is currently a staff writer on the upcoming ABC show Blood & Oil.

Summer 2014 - Martín's play The Solid Sand Below received workshops at both Atlantic Theater Company and The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference followed by a workshop production at Goodman Theatre as part of their New Stages Festival. His play White Tie Ball received its world premiere at Teatro Vista in Chicago. His play Seven Spots On The Sun received a reading at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as its world premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park and was awarded an ATCA Steinberg New Play Prize Citation. His play In The Event Of Capture (co-written with Rebecca Stevens) received a reading at LCT3 in New York. His play Let Me Count The Ways received a reading at La Jolla Playhouse and was awarded the Terrence McNally New Play Award. He received the Humanitas Prize New Voices Award, through which he’s working on a TV pilot under the mentorship of Alan Ball. And he’s currently working as a staff writer on the upcoming Netflix show Narcos.

Summer 2012 - Martin Zimmerman’s (T’07) play Seven Spots on the Sun just received a reading at Marin Theatre Company and will receive its world premiere this September at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. His play The Solid Sand Below received a reading at Goodman Theatre as part of New Stages this past December and will receive workshops at Atlantic Theater Company (as part of MixFest) and The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference this summer. His play White Tie Ball will be produced by Teatro Vista this September and he has been named a Playwright in Residence at Teatro Vista. A play he is co-writing with Rebecca Stevens entitled In The Event Of Capture is receiving a reading at Chicago Dramatists this summer. And he was awarded a McKnight Advancement Grant from The Playwrights' Center.

Summer 2012 - Zimmerman recently finished up his year as the Carl Djerassi Playwriting Fellow and in July will begin his year as a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. This past winter, his play Seven Spots on the Sun had a reading in The Theatre @ Boston Court's PLAY/ground Festival, followed by a reading at Chicago Dramatists this spring. This summer Seven Spots on the Sun will receive workshops at PlayPenn, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, and a reading at ACT in Seattle. This past spring he was commissioned to write a ten-minute play for American Theater Company's 10x10 festival and co-created a new full-length play entitled A Natural Progression of Our Prolonged Stay as part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs' Incubator Series. And earlier this summer he had readings of his plays White Tie Ball at Teatro Vista in Chicago and The Solid Sand Below at Goodman Theatre (commissioned as part of Goodman's Playwrights' Unit).

Summer 2010 - Zimmerman completed his MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin this past May, and re-located to Chicago in August, where fellow Duke Alum Gretchen Wright (T’09) directed his newest play On the Possibility of Romancing a Stone in January. Upcoming projects include readings of his Smith Prize-winning play, White Tie Ball, at The Alliance (Atlanta), Primary Stages (NYC), and The Gift (Chicago) ahead of its world premiere production at Borderlands Theater (Tucson, AZ), as well as a workshop of his play The Making of a Modern Folk Hero at Red Tape Theatre (Chicago) this March.

Winter 2009 - Zimmerman received his MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin this May. His play White Tie Ball received The National New Play Network's 2010 Smith Prize, and was a finalist for the Alliance Theatre's 2010 Kendeda Competition. His ten-minute play Foreign Tongue was a finalist for Actor's Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award and was produced this June in the Source Festival in Washington, DC. Martin was also a finalist for the 2010-2011 Jerome Fellowship.