Eastern Michigan University
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Joseph Zettelmaier

Part-Time Lecturer





  • BFA - Theatre Arts, Shorter College, 1997

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • Dramatist’s Guild

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAR 360 - Dramatic Composition
  • CTAR 660 - Playwriting I



Joseph Zettelmaier is a three-time nominee for the American Theatre Critics Award for best new play, first in 2006 for All Childish Things (Planet Ant Theatre & BoarsHead Theatre), then in 2007 for Language Lessons (Performance Network) and in 2010 for It Came From Mars (Performance Network & Williamston Theatre). Other plays include The All Childish Things Trilogy, and Dr. Seward's Dracula (Planet Ant Theatre), Snow Angels (Eastern Michigan University), Blackwater Ballad (Cherry Hill Theatre), Night Blooming (Blackbird Theatre & Eastern Michigan University), Point of Origin and The Stillness Between Breaths (Performance Network). Point of Origin won Best Locally Created Script 2002 from the Ann Arbor News, and The Stillness Between Breaths also won Best New Play 2005 from the Oakland Press. The Stillness Between Breaths was also selected to appear in the 2005 National New Play Network's Festival of New Plays. He also co-authored Flyover U.S.A. at the Williamston Theatre (Winner of the 2009 Thespie Award for Best New Script). He also adapted Christmas Carol’d for the Performance Network. It Came From Mars was a recipient of 2009’s Edgarton Foundation Grant, and won Best New Script 2010 from the Lansing State Journal. Later this season, he’ll see his plays And The Creek Don’t Rise performed at Williamston Theatre, and All Childish Things at Hubris Productions in Chicago. Joseph also remains active as both actor and director, having performed and directed at numerous regional theatres including Williamson Theatre, Performance Network, Purple Rose, and Blackbird Theatre.

The Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344