Simon Levy

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Simon Levy (born May 12, 1949) is an award-winning theatre director and playwright, who has been the Producing Director/Dramaturg with The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles since 1993.

Biography[edit]

Levy was born in Surrey, England and grew up in San Francisco. He graduated from City College of San Francisco with an AA and San Francisco State University with an MA in Theatre, and began his theatre career as an actor in San Francisco, primarily with the New Shakespeare Company and then the The Alley Theater in Houston, Texas. Prior to studying theatre, he was a music major, played the saxophone, and was a jazz and rock-and-roll musician. He made his debut as a professional stage director in 1980 at One Act Theatre Company in San Francisco, where he focused on the development of new work, directing many of the plays of Michael Lynch, among others, and at the Magic Theatre, directing the plays of Lynne Kaufman, among others. He moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and joined the staff of The Fountain Theatre in 1993.[1] He has taught Playwriting at UCLA Writer's Extension, been a site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, and is a member of numerous organizations, including the Dramatists Guild, Society for Directors and Choreographers, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Recent Projects[edit]

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.

His stage adaptation of The Great Gatsby[2] - published by Dramatists Play Service - authorized and granted exclusive rights by the Fitzgerald Estate - has had over 100 productions around the world, with numerous productions licensed for 2013/2014/2015, including: the Arizona Theatre Company, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and the Grand Theatre in London Ontario. It inaugurated the Guthrie Theater’s new theatre complex,[3] was subsequently produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and was a Finalist for the PEN Award in Drama.[4]

He has also adapted Fitzerald's Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon,[5] both published by Dramatists Play Service

In September 2013 he directed the Los Angeles Revival of The Normal Heart for The Fountain Theatre, winner of numerous awards.[6]

In 2013 he produced the West Coast Premiere of Ken LaZebnik's On the Spectrum at The Fountain Theatre.[7]

In 2012 he directed the award-winning[8] and critically acclaimed[9] World Premiere of Stephen Sachs' Cyrano,[10] a co-production of The Fountain Theatre and Deaf West Theatre.

He is the recipient of the 2011 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's Milton Katselas Career Achievement Award in Directing.[11]

In 2011 he was the producer for the World Premiere of Stephen Sachs' Bakersfield Mist.[9][12] which has been optioned by Sonia Friedman for London and Broadway.

Playwright (Scripts and Awards)[edit]

Currently working on two projects: Adapting the film Kings of the Evening by Andrew P. Jones into a musical; and adapting the book Bat Bomb by Jack Couffer into a stage play.

  • Tender is the Night (original adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel) - published by Dramatists Play Service; Produced: Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles; Published: Modern American Literature Series, Prestige Books - Awards: Winner: PEN West Literary Award for Drama;[18] Winner: 7 Drama-Logue Awards (including Best Production); Winner: Back Stage West "Garland" Award Best Production; Winner: "Best of 7 Productions" L.A. Village View; Nominated for 2 Theatre L.A. OVATION Awards (including Best New Adaptation)
  • Act of Betrayal (the true story of Benedict Arnold) - Awards: Honorable Mention: 2002 Writer's Digest Writing Competition; Semi-Finalist: 2001 InterAct Theatre’s Showcase of New Plays; Staged Reading: Blue Heron Theatre, New York, 1999; Semi-Finalist: 1999 Northwest Regional New Plays Conference
  • Sessions with a Dead Poet (inspired by Dr. Frederick Kurth's book, "Howling with Sakutaro", about the father of modern Japanese poetry, Hagiwara Sakutaro) - Awards: Honorable Mention, 2005 Writer's Digest Competition

Director (Projects and Awards)[edit]

  • A House Not Meant to Stand[20] - March 2011 - Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles; - Awards: 9 StageSceneLA.com Awards including Outstanding Production/Comedy, Outstanding Direction/Comedy, Outstanding Ensemble/Comedy;[21] Huffington Post: Top L.A. Theater Productions 2011. Nominations: OVATION Award: Best Season
  • The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore - September 2007 - Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles; Awards: 2008 Back Stage West Garland Award for Direction; Recipient of 9 Back Stage West Critics List Honorable Mentions including Best Production
  • Accomplice - February/March 2005 - Colony Theatre, Burbank; Awards: Recipient of 4 Back Stage West 2006 Critics List Honorable Mentions including Best Production and Direction

Info prior to 2004 is available at www.simonlevy.com

Other Works[edit]

Screenwriting

Currently writing the screenplay for The Wedding Dress for Daniel Wilson Productions.

  • Act of Betrayal (about Benedict Arnold) - Awards: 5th Place, American Screenwriters Association International Screenwriting Competition; Quarter-Finalist: American Screenplay Competition; Semi-Finalist: Chesterfield Writer's Film Project; Semi-Finalist: Nicholl Screenwriting Competition; Finalist & Honorable Mention: Venice Arts Screenwriting Competition; Quarter-Finalist: FADE IN Magazine Screenwriting Awards; Quarter-Finalist: Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition; Honorable Mention: Writer's Digest Magazine Screenwriting Competition
  • Crows Landing Gently, Gently (with Michael Lynch) (eerie romance) - Awards: 2nd Round Finalist: Austin Film Festival; 1st Round Finalist: Script Magazine/The Shooting Gallery Open Door Contest; Finalist: Red Inkworks Screenplay Competition; Semi-Finalist: Produce Me Competition; Honorable Mention: Writer's Digest Competition; Quarter-Finalist: Writer's Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition
  • Between Livin' and Lovin' (with Michael Lynch) - (family drama) - Awards: Quarter-Finalist: Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting Competition; Honorable Mention: Writer's Digest Writing Competition; Quarter-Finalist: American Screenwriters Association Screenwriting From the Soul Script Competition; Runner-Up: Hollywood 27 Screenwriting Competition
  • Vivian on the White Wall (short film) (ghost story)
  • She-Who-Is-Made-Of-Clay (short film) (the last man/woman of the Yokuts)

Fiction

  • Love Eternal - novel-in-progress
  • Memory Blue as Sky (Short Story) – Honorable Mention, 2005 New Millennium Writing Awards.
  • Pale Yellow House (Short Story) - published EWG Presents, E-Zine, 1997
  • Awarded Writer's Residency Fellowship at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico
  • Awarded Writer's Residency Fellowship at Ucross Foundation, Wyoming
  • Awarded Writer's Fellowship for Writing at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland
  • Awarded Writer's Residency at the Dorset Colony for Writers
  • Awarded Residency Fellowship for Writing at the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony for the Arts

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