Tom Ziegler (Playwright, Grace & Glorie) is a native of Chicago. His play Grace and Glorie was first presented at The Shenandoah Valley Playwrights Retreat under the title Apple Dreams and later went on to a successful Off-Broadway run starring Estelle Parsons and Lucie Arnez at the Laura Pels Theatre in 1996. The play was later filmed for television by Hallmark Hall of Fame and starred Gena Rowlands and Diane Lane. Tom coauthored this version, which won the “Christopher Award” presented to films and television which “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
Other works include Mrs. Kemble's Tempest, which played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004 and opened at the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival Theatre earlier this year; the screenplay, Subway Series, a finalist in the 2009 PAGE International Screenwriting Competition; Father Frances, which was selected as the featured work of the 2008 Flournoy Playwrights Festival at Washington and Lee University; the musical Glory Bound, which was written with Tony winner Jack Herrick and awarded a developmental grant by the National Endowment for the Arts; Home Games, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1989; and Small Sacrifices, a finalist in the Mill Mountain Theatre’s National Play Contest.
Other plays include The Ninth Step, The Last Resort, Sundays at Eleven, Weeds, Say Goodbye to Boris, and Love Poems, along with adaptations of Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author and Carlo Goldoni’s Servant of Two Masters. Recent directing projects include Art by Yasmina Reza, Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel, and The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute. In 2002, he was awarded the Anece F. McCloud Award for Diversity in Education by Washington and Lee University for his work in attracting minority students to the arts.