Joseph Zettelmaier

A photo of Joseph Zettelmaier

Part-Time Lecturer

School of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts

124 Quirk



Joseph Zettelmaier is a Michigan-based playwright and four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play (2006 - All Childish Things, 2007 - Language Lessons, 2010 - It Came From Mars, 2012 - Dead Man's Shoes). His plays The Stillness Between Breaths and It Came From Mars were selected to appear in the National New Play Network's Festival of New Plays. It Came From Mars was also a recipient of 2009's Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. His play, Dead Man's Shoes, won the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award in 2011. He is an Artistic Associate at First Folio Theatre, an Artistic Ambassador to the National New Play Network and an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches dramatic composition. Joseph was profiled in the March 2012 issue of American Theatre Magazine.


  • BFA, Theatre Arts, Shorter College, 1997


  • CTAR 255 Stage Management
  • CTAR 360 Dramatic Composition
  • CTAR 660 Playwriting I

Professional Affiliations

  • Dramatist's Guild