Emily Mann: On 30 years of ‘making trouble’ in America’s theater world

Celebrated playwright and theater director Emily Mann was raised, if not born, to “make trouble.” Growing up on the South Side of Chicago during the height of the civil rights movement, she decided at an early age that theater was her best tool for effecting change. Her stage career blossomed in step with the feminist movement through plays such as “Execution of Justice,” “Annulla, an Autobiography,” “Betsey Brown” and “Having our Say.” After being named artistic director for the McCarter Theatre in 1990, Emily dedicated the next 30 years to featuring the talents and stories of women and people of color. In September 2019, Emily’s award-winning career was capped with the announcement that she would be inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.