SIMON LEVY  

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Personal Contact:
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New York:
Ron Gwiazda

ABRAMS ARTISTS AGENCY

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London:
Jean Diamond
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DIRECTOR
(selected credits):    

Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's Milton Katselas Career Achievement Award in Directing.

Nominated for the 2015 Fichandler Award.

 
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' BABY DOLL - July 2016 - Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles
Over a dozen rave reviews.
Awards:
StageSceneLA "Scenie Awards": Outstanding Production, Comedy (Intimate Theater); Star-Making Performance (Play), Lindsay LaVanchy; Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor, Comedy (Intimate Theater), John Prosky; Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role, Comedy (Intimate Theater), Daniel Bess; Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role, Comedy (Intimate Theater), Karen Kondazian; Outstanding Direction, Simon Levy; Outstanding Production Design (Intimate Theater); Outstanding Fight Choreography, Mike Mahaffey; Scenic Designer of the Year, Jeffrey McLaughlin.
 
THE PAINTED ROCKS AT REVOLVER CREEK - November 2015 - Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles
Over a dozen rave reviews:
CRITIC'S CHOICE, Los Angeles Times
Awards:
Best Theater Productions of 2015, Los Angeles Times
Top-Rated Los Angeles Theatre Production of 2015, BitterLemons
Earnest Kearney's Best of Los Angeles Theater 2015
2015 TicketHolder Awards: Best Production of 2015; Best Ensemble Cast in a Play (Gilbert Glenn Brown, Thomas Silcott, Philip Solomon, Suanne Spoke); New Discovery 2015 (Philip Solomon); Best Playwright (Athol Fugard); Best Direction of a Play (Simon Levy).
StageSceneLA "Scenie Awards": Outstanding Production, Drama (Intimate Theater);  Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor, Drama (Intimate Theater), Gilbert Glenn Brown and Thomas Silcott; Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress, Drama (Intimate Theater), Suanne Spoke; Outstanding Performance by a Child Actor, Philip Solomon; Outstanding Direction, Simon Levy; Outstanding Production Design (Intimate Theater); Scenic Designer of the Year, Jeffrey McLaughlin.
2015 TicketHolder Awards (Runners-Up):  Best Costume Design, (Naila Aladdin Sanders); Best Sound Design, (Peter Bayne).
ArtsInLA 2015 Sage Awards: Best Production; Best Playwriting (Athol Fugard); Best Direction (Simon Levy); Best Ensemble Performance (Gilbert Glenn Brown, Thomas Silcott, Philip Solomon, Suanne Spoke).
Stage Raw Nominations: Best Actor, (Thomas Silcott); Best Supporting Actress, (Suanne Spoke); Best Ensemble, (Gilbert Glenn Brown, Thomas Silcott, Philip Solomon, Suanne Spoke).
 
REBORNING - January 2015 - Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles
CRITIC'S CHOICE, Los Angeles Times
Awards:
Huffington Post Top Ten 2015 Theater Los Angeles Productions, #1
Robby Awards for Excellence in Theater 2015: Best Drama; Best Actress (Joanna Strapp); Best Supporting Actor (Ryan Doucette); Best Supporting Actress (Kristin Carey); Best Playwriting (Zayd Dohrn).
 
THE NORMAL HEART -  September 2013 - Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles
Over a dozen rave reviews:
PICK OF THE WEEK, LA Weekly
CRITIC'S PICK, BroadwayWorld
Awards:
2013 Huffington Post Top Ten Theatre Productions
2013 Frontiers LA Top Ten Best List
2013 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards: Best Production (Revival); Best Actor (Tim Cummings); Best Video Design (Adam Flemming)
2013 BroadwayWorld.com Awards: Best Actor (Tim Cummings); Best Sound Design (Peter Bayne)
2013 EDDON Awards: Best Production; Best Lead Performances (Tim Cummings and Bill Brochtrup); Best Featured Performance (Lisa Pelikan)
2014 StageSceneLA Awards: Production of the Year; Best Director, Drama (Simon Levy); Best Performance, Lead Actor (Tim Cummings); Best Performance, Lead Actor (Bill Brochtrup); Best Performance, Featured Actress (Lisa Pelikan); Best Performance by an Understudy (Ray Paolantonio); Best Performance, Featured Actor (Matt Gottlieb); Best Performance, Featured Actor (Fred Koehler); Best Performance, Featured Actor (Stephen O’Mahoney); Memorable Performances, Featured Actor (Dan Shaked & Jeff Witzke); Best Props Design (Misty Carlisle); Sound Design/Composer of the Year (Peter Bayne).
2013 Ticketholder Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Bill Brochtrup)
2013 Tickeholder Awards (Runners-Up): Special Encore Presentation Award for Production; Best Supporting Actors (Matt Gottlieb, Fred Koehler, Stephen O'Mahoney); Best Supporting Actress (Lisa Pelikan); Best Lighting (R. Christopher Stokes); Best CGI/Video Design (Adam Flemming)
Nominations:
2013 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards: Best Production (Revival); Best Actor (Tim Cummings); Best Sound Design (Peter Bayne); Best Video Design (Adam Flemming)
2013 LA Weekly Awards: Revival Production of the Year; Best Direction (Simon Levy); Leading Male Performance (Tim Cummings and Bill Brochtrup); Best Supporting Performance Female (Lisa Pelikan); Best Supporting Performance Male (Verton R. Banks, Matt Gottlieb, Fred Koehler)
 
CYRANO - April 2012 - Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles
Over a dozen rave reviews:
CRITIC'S CHOICE, Los Angeles Times
CRITIC'S PICK, Back Stage
GO!, LA Weekly
5 STARS, Examiner.com
Awards:
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's Polly Warfield Award for Best Season 2012
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards: Best Production, Best Adaptation (Stephen Sachs), Best Director (Simon Levy), Best Actor (Troy Kotsur)  
LA Stage Times: Highlights of 2012 Theater
Back Stage: Standout Theater Performances of 2012 (Troy Kotsur)
2012 Ticketholder Awards: Top 10 Play Productions
2012 Ticketholder Awards (Runners-Up): Best Actor (Troy Kotsur), Best Supporting Actor (Paul Raci), Best Adaptation (Stephen Sachs), Best Direction (Simon Levy), Best Video Design (Jeffrey Elias Teeter)
Nominations:
OVATION Award Nominations: Best New Play (Stephen Sachs) and Lead Male Performance (Troy Kotsur)

A HOUSE NOT MEANT TO STAND - March 2011 - Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles
Over a dozen rave reviews:
CRITIC'S PICK, Back Stage
CRITIC'S PICK - 5 Stars - BroadwayWorld.com
5 STARS - Examiner.com
Awards:
2011 StageSceneLA.com Awards: Outstanding Production/Comedy; Outstanding Direction of a Comedy; Outstanding Ensemble Cast/Comedy; Best Performance by a Featured Actress/Comedy; Lighting Designer of the Year; Set Designer of the Year; Best Costume Design; Best Sound Design; Outstanding Projection Design

Huffington Post: Top L.A. Theater Productions 2011

2011 BroadwayWorld.com Awards: Best Actress (Sandy Martin), Best Featured Actress (Virginia Newcomb & Lisa Richards)

Don Grigware Talks Theatre Best of 2011: Best Actress (Sandy Martin), Best Featured Actress (Virginia Newcomb & Lisa Richards)

2011 Ticketholder Awards (Runners-Up): Best Production, Best Direction (Simon Levy), Best Actor (Alan Blumenfeld), Best Actress (Sandy Martin), Best Supporting Actor (Dan Billet), Best Supporting Actress (Virginia Newcomb), Best Set Design (Jeff McLaughlin), Best Lighting Design (Ken Booth), Best Sound Design (Peter Bayne).

Nominations:
OVATION Awards: Best Overall Season, Best Leading Actress in a Play, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design
L.A. Weekly Awards: Revival Production of the Year, Lead Female Performance, Supporting Female Performance, Production Design, Set Design, Sound Design, Projection Design
 
OPUS - June 2010 - Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles
Over a dozen rave reviews:
CRITIC'S CHOICE, Los Angeles Times
CRITIC'S PICK , Back Stage
GO!, L.A. Weekly 
Awards:
2010 OVATION Awards for Best Season and Best Sound
2010 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Ensemble, Best Writing, Best Sound
2010 LA Weekly Award for Best Director
2010 Back Stage Garland Award for Best Production and Best Director
2010 Don Grigware Blog: Best Production
2010 StageSceneLA.com Awards: Best Production Comedy-Drama; Best Director Comedy-Drama;
Best Ensemble Comedy-Drama; Featured Actor Comedy-Drama; Costume Designer of the Year;
Lighting Designer of the Year; Best Sound Design
Nominations:
OVATION Awards: Best Overall Season, Best Production Intimate Theatre, Best Ensemble, Sound Design
Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Awards: Best Production, Best Play, Best Ensemble, Best Sound
LA Weekly Theater Awards: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor
 
PHOTOGRAPH 51 - March 2009 - Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles
PICK OF THE WEEK, L.A. Weekly
Awards:
2009 StageSceneLA.com Awards: Production, Direction, Lead Actress and Actor, Featured Actor
Park LaBrea/Beverly Press "Maddy" Awards: Director
Back Stage Critic's List: Best Production, Playwriting, Direction, Lead Performance  
Nominations:
2009 OVATION Awards: Best Season, Best Production, Lead Actress
2009 L.A. Weekly Awards: Ensemble, Leading Female Performance, Lighting Design

THE MILK TRAIN DOESN'T STOP HERE ANYMORE - September 2007 - Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles
CRITIC'S CHOICE, Back Stage West
GO!, L.A. Weekly
Awards:
2008 Back Stage West Garland Award for Direction
Best Costume Design, 2008 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award.
Nominations:
2 L.A. Weeky Noms: Lead Actress and Costumes.
Recipient of 9 Back Stage West Critics List Honorable Mentions: Production, Lead Performance, 2 Supporting Performance, Ensemble Performance, Lighting Design, Sound Design, and Costume Design.

MASTER CLASS - January 2007 - Santa Barbara Theatre at the Lobero Theatre

THE GIMMICK - September, 2006 - Fountain Theatre, L.A. - CRITIC'S CHOICE, Los Angeles Times
Awards:
2007 L.A. OVATION Award Best Solo Performance
5 Back Stage West 2006 Critics' List Honorable Mentions: Direction (twice), Performance and Writing
ReviewPlays.com: Runner-Up: Best Director and Best Actress

WHAT I HEARD ABOUT IRAQ (A Cry for 5 Voices) - September, 2005 - Fountain Theatre, L.A. - RECOMMENDED, Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly
Awards:
Nominated for Best Adaptation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle;
3 Back Stage West 2006 Critics' List Honorable Mentions: Adaptation (twice) and Sound Design;
2005 reviewplays.com (Cynthia Citron): Best Director; Runner-Up: Best Ensemble;
2005 Entertainment Today Ticketholder Awards and reviewplays.com, Runners-Up: Top Plays of 2005, Best Ensemble, Best Direction, Best Adaptation, and Best Sound Design.

(An Electronic Published Version of the play is available for $10.00 at  http://fountaintheatre.com/buytickets.html.)

ACCOMPLICE - February/March, 2005 - Colony Theatre, Burbank
CRITIC'S PICK, Back Stage West
Awards:
4 Back Stage West 2006 Critics List Honorable Mentions: Production, Direction, Performance, Set Design.

GOING TO ST. IVES - August, 2004 - Edinburgh Fringe Festival

AWAKE AND SING - June, 2004 - RECOMMENDED, Los Angeles Times; CRITIC'S PICK, Back Stage West - International City Theatre, Long Beach
Nomination: 2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards: Revival of the Year

DAISY IN THE DREAMTIME - March, 2004 - CRITICS' CHOICE, Los Angeles Times; CRITIC'S PICK, Back Stage West - A Fountain Theatre production at INside the Ford at the Ford Amphitheatre, Los Angeles.
Awards:
2004 BACK STAGE WEST BEST OF CRITICS’ LIST: Best Production, Direction, Lead Performance, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Prop Design, Musical Accompaniment
ENTERTAINMENT TODAY TICKETHOLDER AWARDS: Runner-up: Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design,
Best Sound Design, Special Achievement (Multimedia), Special Achievement (Didjeridu)
BEVERLY HILLS OUTLOOK THEATRE AWARDS: Top 5 Productions of 2004; Top 5 Directors of 2004.
NOHO/LA BEST OF THE YEAR: Top 15 Performances of 2004
2004 PARK LA BREA NEWS "MADDIE" AWARD: Sound Design
Nominations:
THEATRE L.A. OVATION AWARD: Set Design
2004 NAACP Theater Awards: Best Actor, Set Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Best Producer

MASTER CLASS - November, 2003-July, 2004 - Winner of the 2004 L.A. OVATION Award for: Best Production - Fountain Theatre and Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles.
Awards:
2003 Back Stage West Garland Awards: Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Sound Design
Back Stage West Best of 2003 Critics' List: Best Production
2003 Maddy Awards:Best Production, Best Direction, Best Actress and Best Sound Design
Entertainment Today Ticketholder Awardss: Runner-up Best Production, Best Direction, Best Actress
2003 Easy Reader: Best Production and Best Actress
ReviewPlays.com & NoHo LA: Top Ten Best Productions and Best Performances, 2003
Nominations:
2004 L.A. OVATION Awards: Best Production, Director, Lead Actress

GOING TO ST. IVES - February, 2003 - CRITIC'S CHOICE, Los Angeles Times - Fountain Theatre
Awards:
2003 BACK STAGE WEST “GARLAND” AWARDS: Best Actress
BACK STAGE WEST BEST OF 2003 CRITICS’ LIST: Best Direction, Lighting, and Costumes
2003 MADDY AWARDS: Best Production and Best Actress
ENTERTAINMENT TODAY TICKETHOLDER AWARDS: Best Actress; Runner-up Best Production, Best Playwright, Best Costume Design
BEVERLY HILLS OUTLOOK BEST IN THEATRE 2003 AWARDS:
Best Actress; Runner-up Best Actress and Best Production
L.A. WEEKLY: Leading Female Performance
Nominations:
2004 NAACP THEATER AWARDS: Best Production, Actress, Playwright, Set, Costumes
 
UNCLE VANYA - April, 2003 - CRITIC'S CHOICE, Los Angeles Times - Actors Co-op
Awards:
Back Stage West Best of 2003 Critics' List: Best Actor, Best Ensemble
Nominations:
L.A. WEEKLY: Leading Male Performance

PRAIRIE FIRE - October, 2002 - Interact Theatre's Interactivity Festival, Los Angeles (now known as WILDFIRE, and still in preparation for national productions).

GLASS MOUNTAIN - 2001 - Ojai Playwrights Conference

THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA - 2000/2001 - The Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles:

Awards:
ENTERTAINMENT TODAY: “Top Productions of 2001”;
3 BACK STAGE WEST “GARLAND” AWARDS: Performance, Set & Light Design;
L.A WEEKLY: Production Design of the Year;
Nominations: THEATRE L.A. OVATION AWARD: Set Design

SUMMER AND SMOKE - 1999 - The Fountain Theatre

Awards:
3 THEATRE L.A. OVATION Awards: Best Production, Best Actress, Lights
4 BACK STAGE WEST/DRAMA-LOGUE “Garland” Awards: Best Production, Direction, Actress, Lights
2 BACK STAGE WEST “Honorable Mentions”: Costumes & Sound
L.A. TIMES: “Top Ten 1999”
NEW TIMES L.A.: “Top Ten 1999”
3 BEVERLY PRESS “Maddies”: Direction, Actress, Set
L.A. DRAMA CRITICS’ CIRCLE Award for Best Actress
Nominations: 2 SHOWCASE MAGAZINE “Robbie” Awards

THE LAST TYCOON (Writer/Director) - 1998 - The Fountain Theatre

Awards:
5 BACK STAGE WEST/DRAMA-LOGUE Awards: Best Adaptation, Direction, Set, Lights, Costumes
BEVERLY PRESS: “Best of 1998”
FRONTIERS MAG: “Best of 1998”
L.A. WEEKLY 1998 PRODUCTION DESIGN OF YEAR
ENTERTAINMENT TODAY: Runner-up Best Adaptation
Nominated for the LOS ANGELES DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE “TED SCHMITT” AWARD FOR ORIGINAL PLAY

ORPHEUS DESCENDING - 1996 - The Fountain Theatre

Awards:
6 DRAMA-LOGUE: including Best Director, Production and Direction
BACK STAGE WEST: “Garland” Best Production
Nominations: 4 Theatre L.A. OVATION Awards
5 L.A. WEEKLY Awards

TENDER IS THE NIGHT (Writer/Co-Director) - 1995 - The Fountain Theatre

Awards:
PEN West Literary Award in Drama
7 DRAMA-LOGUE Awards, including Best Production and Direction
BACK STAGE WEST: “Garland” Best Production
L.A. VIEW: “Best of 7 Productions in Los Angeles, 1995
Nominations: 2 Theatre L.A. OVATION Awards
3 SHOWCASE MAGAZINE “Robby” Awards


Info prior to 1995 is available upon request