Joseph Zettelmaier is a Michigan-based playwright and four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play, first in 2006 for ALL CHILDISH THINGS, then in 2007 for LANGUAGE LESSONS, in 2010 for IT CAME FROM MARS and in 2012 for 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, and IT CAME FROM MARS was 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. In 2016, his play PULP was the recipient of a Rolling World Premiere with the National New Play Network. He is an Artistic Associate and Resident Playwright at First Folio Theatre, an At Large Ambassador to the National New Play Network and an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University and Schoolcraft College, where he teaches Dramatic Composition, Play Production, Stage Management, Stage Combat, and Fundamentals of Acting. He also serves as Executive Director for Roustabout Theatre Troupe. The Detroit Free Press has listed him as “Michigan’s best and most prolific playwright,” and he was profiled in the March 2012 issue of American Theatre magazine.