Founder and Executive Director
Lynda Zimmerman has spearheaded the growth and outreach of CAT's educational theater programs in New York City schools throughout the last 40 years. Since 2004, Ms. Zimmerman led CAT in its transition from New York University to The City University of New York. She also worked to secure CAT's independent 501c3 status. In 1993, under the directorship of Ms. Zimmerman, CAT's Paul A. Kaplan Center for Educational Drama was created to offer expansive professional development in educational drama methodology. She was instrumental in securing funding for the Center and continues to oversee its operations. As part of CAT's transition to CUNY the Center offers graduate level courses and the nation's first Master of Arts in Applied Theatre, in partnership with CUNY's innovative School of Professional Studies. Ms. Zimmerman earned her B.A. at Boston University and M.A. in Educational Theatre at New York University. She co-founded CAT in 1974.