Toby Zinman is a professor of English at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she was awarded the prize for Distinguished Teaching. She publishes widely and lectures internationally on contemporary American drama. She was a Fulbright professor of theater at Tel Aviv University and has received five grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was a visiting lecturer in China during the Spring semester of 2008. Her third book on Edward Albee’s plays was published by University of Michigan Press, and her fourth book on Arthur Miller was published by Methuen Publishers in London in April 2010. She is currently at work on a book about iconic modern plays and their contemporary reimaginings. That’s her day job.
Her night job: theater critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the city’s major daily, where she reviews New York theater as well as Philadelphia theater. She has written for a variety of arts newspapers and magazines, including the London Times and The New York Times. American Theatre magazine recently named her one of the “twelve most influential critics in the United States.”
Her third career as an adventure travel writer has taken her all over the world, doing ridiculous things like dogsledding in the Yukon, ziplining the rainforest in Belize, fishing for piranha in the Amazon, walking coast-to-coast across England, and rounding up cattle on horseback in the Australian Outback.