Based in Chicago, Gilman has a decade-long association with the Goodman, which has staged the world premieres of Gilman’s Spinning Into Butter, Blue Surge, Boy Gets Girl, Dollhouse and last season’s A True History of the Johnstown Flood. Earlier in her career Gilman, 45, was associated with the Circle Theatre and Chicago Dramatists (she remains on the CD advisory board).
With the Goodman as a springboard, Gilman’s plays have been produced extensively around the country and in the United Kingdom. She was born in Alabama, and has an MFA from the University of Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. She teaches at Northwestern University in addition to writing. At the Goodman Theatre, she’ll join Mary Zimmerman and playwright Regina Taylor among other members of the Artistic Collective.