Simon has been the Producing Director for the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles.
He recently launched
The Great Gatsby Play website - www.TheGreatGatsbyPlay.com
2011 he was the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's Milton Katselas Career Achievement Award in Directing.
His trilogy of F. Scott Fitzgerald stage adaptations
- The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, and The Last Tycoon - are published by Dramatists Play Service, www.dramatists.com. They are the first authorized adaptations that have been granted
exclusive rights by the Fitzgerald Estate. The Great Gatsby
was a Finalist for the PEN Literary Award in Drama, and is being produced produced across
America and around the world. Tender is the Night won the PEN Literary Award
in Drama, as well as 7 Drama-Logue awards including Best Production and Direction. The Last Tycoon
won 5 Back Stage West/Drama-Logue awards including Best Adaptation and Best Direction, and was nominated
for the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award for Original Play.
He's currently finishing
a new play, an updating of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People - A New Version for the 21st Century.
His production of the Los Angeles Revival of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play, The Normal Heart, which he directed, is currently running at the Fountain Theatre
through November 2013.
His last directing project was the World Premiere of Stephen Sachs' contemporary deaf/hearing retelling of Cyrano, a co-production
with Deaf West Theatre, which opened to rave reviews at the Fountain Theatre on April 28, 2012 for a 4-month sold out run. It recently won 4 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, including
Best Production, Best Adaptation, Best Direction, and Best Actor.
In 2011, his production of the West Coast Premiere of Tennessee
Williams' last play A House Not Meant to Stand was a critical success at the Fountain Theatre and is the recipient
of numerous awards and nominations, including being named by the Huffington Post as one of the Top L.A. Theater Productions
In 2010 he directed the Los Angeles Premiere of Michael Hollinger's
Opus, which received rave reviews, was extended twice, and was the recipient of numerous awards and nominations,
including the OVATION, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, and Back Stage Garland awards for Best Production, Best
Direction, and Best Ensemble, among others.
In 2009 he directed Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, which was Pick of the Week, L.A. Weekly, received
OVATION Award nominations for Best Season/Best Production/Lead Actress, received L.A. Weekly Award nominations for Ensemble/Lead
Female Performance/Lighting Design, and is the recipient of several awards.
He has produced the following plays by Athol Fugard at the Fountain Theatre: U.S. Premieres of The Blue Iris, The Train Driver,
and Victory, the West Coast Premiere of Coming Home, and the World
Premiere of Exits and Entrances, all of which received rave reviews,
plus numerous awards and nominations; he also produced the West Coast Premiere of Bernard Weinraub's
The Accomplices to rave notices, which was remounted at the Odyssey Theatre in 2009; was the producer of the 2011
World Premiere of Stephen Sachs' Bakersfield Mist; and is the producer of the West Coast Premiere
of Ken LaZebnik's On the Spectrum, scheduled to open
at the Fountain Theatre in March, 2013.
His directing and producing credits are numerous,
over 85 productions in Los Angeles and San Francisco that have won more than 150 awards.
In San Francisco he was
the Founding Producer of the Playwrights Unit, One Act II, which specialized in new work by local writers; became Artistic
Director of the One Act Theatre Company where he produced and directed many award-winning productions; and was general manager
of San Francisco's hit revue, Beach Blanket Babylon.
He taught Playwriting at UCLA Extension, was a site evaluator
for both the National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts Council, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Literary
Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Theatre Communications Group, the National New Play Network, the F. Scott Fitzgerald
Society, and the Society of Directors and Choreographers, as well as a host of political, environmental, and humanitarian