John Simpkins is proud to have been the director of many projects with Joe Iconis. He directed Mr. Iconis’ three-time Drama Desk-nominated Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova); Love in Hate Nation (Two River Theater); The Black Suits (Center Theatre Group - Kirk Douglas Theatre, Barrington Stage Company); ReWrite (Urban Stages, Goodspeed Opera House); The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Theaterworks USA - Lucille Lortel); Things to Ruin (which he also co-conceived) and all 12 years of the Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza.
His recent new musical credits include the world premiere of Legendale (music by Andrea Daly, words by Jeff Bienstock) at Fredericia Teater in Denmark and the subsequent American Premiere at Human Race Theatre Company. Recent new plays include the world premieres of Raging Skillet (by Jacques Lamarre) at Theaterworks Hartford and The Bus (by Jim Lantz) at 59E59 Theaters. Regionally, he has directed at Sacramento Music Circus, Lyric Theatre Oklahoma, North Carolina Theatre, the Engeman Theatre, and Sharon Playhouse (where he also served as Artistic Director).
John is Head of Musical Theatre at Penn State University, where he has commissioned and directed Love in Hate Nation (Joe Iconis), The Last Day (Mike Reid/ Sarah Schlesinger), The Lucky Boy (Kirsten Childs), Dust and Embers (Sam Salmond) and Nostalgia Night (Matthew McCollum/ Sofya Levitsky-Weitz) through a New Musicals Initiative he created and curates. www.john-simpkins.com
Joe Iconis, John Simpk...
Joe Iconis, John Simpkins
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