124 Judy Sturgis Hill Building
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Patricia Zimmer has been directing and writing plays for young and inter-generational audiences for more than 35 years. Some of her recent and ongoing professional interests include theatre for very young audiences (preschool), professional development for directors, the nature of creativity, religion and the arts, and new play development in Theatre for Young Audiences. She has served as a reader/adjudicator for two national playwriting competitions, the Bonderman Playwriting for Youth National Competition and the American Alliance for Education's Distinguished Play Award. She is a former editor of Stage of the Art, a major publication of AATE. She is an active member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education as well as TYA/USA (the U.S. Center for ASSITEJ). She has been invited to direct and teach in South Korea, where she was a guest artist/instructor at the Korean National University of Arts. In Taiwan, she led workshops for the Taipei International Children's Festival. She is a recipient of EMU's Josephine Nevins Keal Award and the Provost's Artistic Recognition Award. She spent a recent sabbatical leave working on a playwriting project rooted in the history of Missouri sharecroppers in the late 1930s.