Simon has been the Producing Director for the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles.
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 across America
and around the world. Please visit The Great Gatsby Play website
- www.TheGreatGatsbyPlay.com - for more information about current, upcoming, and past productions.
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 writing the
screenplay for The Wedding Dress for Daniel Wilson Productions. He also holds the options for two projects:
the film Kings of the Evening by Andrew P. Jones, which he's adapting into a musical; and the book Bat Bomb
by Jack Couffer, which he's adapting into a stage play.
In 2011 he was the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's Milton Katselas Career Achievement
Award in Directing.
His acclaimed production
of the Los Angeles Revival of Larry Kramer's The
Normal Heart, which he directed, closed in December 2013 at the Fountain Theatre after a 3-month extended run - named by the Huffington Post as one of the
Top L.A. Theater Productions of 2013, and winner of the Best Production (Revival) Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics
His prior 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 of 2011.
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.
For 2014 he will produce the Los Angeles premiere of My Name is Asher Lev for
the Fountain Theatre, opening February 22nd; and the Los Angeles premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size,
the second play in his Brother/Sister Trilogy, opening in May.
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; produced the 2013 West Coast Premiere of Ken LaZebnik's On the
Spectrum; is currently producing the Los Angeles Premiere of Aaron Posner's adaptation
of Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev; and will produce the Los Angeles Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The
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 advocacy