Jimmy McDermott named Directing Fellow at Goodman Theatre
BY HEDY WEISS Theater Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org November 29, 2012 2:54PM
Jimmy McDermott, former associate artistic director at Writers’ Theatre, has been named the Goodman Theatre’s 2012-2013 season Michael Maggio Directing Fellow, an award designed for Chicago-based directors.
As a fellow, McDermott will receive a stipend and the opportunity to assist on a Goodman production — from early research and design, through the casting and rehearsal process, to the opening — becoming fully involved with the artistic team.
The Maggio fellowship was established to honor the memory of Goodman associate artistic director Michael Maggio. McDermott, a former student of Maggio’s, follows in the footsteps of such recent fellows as Ann Filmer, Dado, Anthony Moseley, Joanie Schultz and Anna Bahow.
A master at bringing epic productions to intimate spaces, McDermott has worked at Writers’ Theatre, Redtwist Theatre andthe Strange Tree Group. Among his directing credits are: “The Maids”; “The Puppetmaster of Lodz”; “The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights”; “The Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide”; “The Elephant Man”; “Maggie: A Girl of the Streets”; “Salome”; and the U.S premiere of “Boojum! Nonsense, Truth and Lewis Carroll” (at Chicago Opera Vanguard & Caffeine Theatre). He received the Jeff Award (non-Equity wing) for his direction of Strange Tree’s “The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen,” part of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 2011 Garage Rep.
McDermott’s 2011 short film, “Keen,” screened at Hollyshorts, The Burbank International Film Festival and The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, where it took awards forbest screenlply and best actor.
McDermott holds an MFA in directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His production of Bruce Norris’ “Purple Heart” is scheduled to run Dec. 22-Jan. 27 at Redtwist Theatre.