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Ron Simons

 
Bio:
Ron Simons is a five-time Tony Award-nominated and four-time Tony Award-winning producer and a four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer. He is the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment whose mission is to tell the stories of underrepresented communities (the trademark of the company ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Ron Simons is a five-time Tony Award-nominated and four-time Tony Award-winning producer and a four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer. He is the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment whose mission is to tell the stories of underrepresented communities (the trademark of the company ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Coulmier
  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Duke Vincentio
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2004
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Governor

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2021]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2017]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2015]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2013]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2013]
Producer

Photos

Kenneth Teaton, Camille A. Brown, Nelle Nugent and Ron Simons Photo

Kenneth Teaton, Camille A. Brown, Nelle Nugent and Ron Simons

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05/17/2022
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Ron Simons

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05/13/2022
Ron Simons, Woodie King, Jr. Nelle Nugent, Kenneth Teaton Photo

Ron Simons, Woodie King, Jr. Nelle Nugent, Kenneth Teaton

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04/21/2022
Keenan Scott II, Ron Simons, Steve Broadnax, Bob Wankel, Kandi Burruss,  Brian Morela Photo

Keenan Scott II, Ron Simons, Steve Broadnax, Bob Wankel, Kandi Burruss, Brian Moreland, Diana DiMenna

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09/08/2021
Diana DiMenna, Keenen Scott II, Dyllon Burnside, Debra Walton, Garrett Turner, Brian  Photo

Diana DiMenna, Keenen Scott II, Dyllon Burnside, Debra Walton, Garrett Turner, Brian Moreland, Samira Wiley, Forrest McClendon, Da’Vinchi, Kandi Burruss, Bryan Terrell Clark, Tristan “Mack” Wilds, Steve Broadnax, Luke James, Ron Simons

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09/08/2021

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Coulmier

  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Duke Vincentio

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2004
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Governor

Productions

[Broadway, 2021]
Producer

[Broadway, 2017]
Producer

[Broadway, 2015]
Producer

[Broadway, 2013]
Producer

[Broadway, 2013]
Producer

Ron Simons Biography

Ron Simons is a five-time Tony Award-nominated and four-time Tony Award-winning producer and a four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer. He is the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment whose mission is to tell the stories of underrepresented communities (the trademark of the company is Tell Every Story®). Mr. Simons was recently nominated for his 5th Tony Award for the run away hit Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations which will be returning to the Imperial Theater on Broadway in Fall of 2021.

As CEO of SimonSays Entertainment, Mr. Simons leads the strategic planning and development of theatre, film and television projects including the critically acclaimed Sundance films Night Catches Us (w/Kerry Washington, Anthony Mackie and Wendell Pierce), Gun Hill Road (w/Esai Morales and Judy Reyes), Blue Caprice (w/ Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond) and Mother of George (w/Danai Gurira) - three of which premiered in competition). His first documentary 25 to Life premiered at the American Black Film Festival where it won Best Documentary. He also produced the Broadway productions of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award for Best Musical), The Gershwin’s’ Porgy & Bess (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk, New Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play). Mr. Simons won his fourth Tony Award for August Wilson’s Jitney. He also produced Hughie (w/Forest Whitaker), The Gin Game (w/Cecily Tyson and James Earl Jones) and the all-black Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire (winner of AEA’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award). Broadway-bound shows include the revival of For Colored Girls, Thoughts of a Colored Man and Blue (w/Leslie Uggams and Lynn Whitfield directed by Phylicia Rashad with composition by Nona Hendrix and John Legend producing).

Ron Simons Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Play Gold Star
Ron Simons, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Ron Simons News

Industry Pro Newsletter: Checking in on Industry Evolution, Gender Pay Gap in the UK  Photo Industry Pro Newsletter: Checking in on Industry Evolution, Gender Pay Gap in the UK Closing
by Alex Freeman - Sep 26, 2022

Stories of transformation highlight the newsletter this week - with two different stories below - one looking at the evolution of Broadway, the other how Regional Theatres are transforming. Both are asking questions in light of racial justice protests that have occured over the past few years, alongside a powerful moment for the labor movement.

LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN at The Apollo Theater Will Livestream to Prisons Worldwide Next  Photo LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN at The Apollo Theater Will Livestream to Prisons Worldwide Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Aug 22, 2022

The award-winning theatrical hip-hop and multimedia production Lyrics From Lockdown, written and performed by renowned artist and activist Bryonn Bain, will play one historic performance to a live audience at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem on Monday, August 29 at 7PM.

Black Theatre United Announces Digital Unconscious Bias Training Program Photo Black Theatre United Announces Digital Unconscious Bias Training Program
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 4, 2022

Black Theatre United has engaged Christina Alexander of Alexander Consulting Group to create a digital Unconscious Bias and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Belonging (EDIAB) training program for use by the entire theatrical industry.

FOR COLORED GIRLS to Host '100 Women of Hip Hop Sisterhood Sunday' With Camille A. Br Photo FOR COLORED GIRLS to Host '100 Women of Hip Hop Sisterhood Sunday' With Camille A. Brown & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 20, 2022

The reimagined revival of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf will host “100 Women of Hip Hop Sisterhood Sunday,” a spirited gathering of Black women on Sunday at 3 p.m.

A STRANGE LOOP, COMPANY, TAKE ME OUT & More Win 2022 Drama League Awards Photo A STRANGE LOOP, COMPANY, TAKE ME OUT & More Win 2022 Drama League Awards
by Team BWW - May 20, 2022

Find out this year's nominees and winners for Drama League Awards. The 2022 Awards will recognize eligible Broadway and Off-Broadway (non-virtual only) productions that began preview performances between March 16, 2021, and April 23, 2022.

Black Theatre Network to Honor Dominique Morisseau, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and More a Photo Black Theatre Network to Honor Dominique Morisseau, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and More at Annual Conference
by A.A. Cristi - May 19, 2022

The first in-person event since 2019, the annual conference will feature an extraordinary schedule and honor Detroit luminaries Dominique Morisseau, Ron Simons, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Chanté Adams, and Angela Birchett, who have found success on Broadway and beyond.

Photos: 2022 Tony Awards Nominees Meet the Press- Part 2 Photo Photos: 2022 Tony Awards Nominees Meet the Press- Part 2
by Bruce Glikas - May 17, 2022

Tonys season is here at last! The nominations for the biggest Broadway awards ceremony were announced last week on Monday, May 9. Leading the pack was A Strange Loop with eleven nominations, followed closely by MJ and Paradise Square, with ten nominations each.

Photos: Meet the 2022 Tony Awards Nominees! Photo Photos: Meet the 2022 Tony Awards Nominees!
by Jennifer Broski - May 16, 2022

Tonys season is here at last and we have photos of all the 2022 Tonys Nominees. The nominations for the biggest Broadway awards ceremony were announced last week on Monday, May 9. Leading the pack was A Strange Loop with eleven nominations, followed closely by MJ and Paradise Square, with ten nominations each.

FOR COLORED GIRLS on Broadway Announces Closing Date Photo FOR COLORED GIRLS on Broadway Announces Closing Date
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 3, 2022

Three weeks are left to experience one of the best reviewed plays of 2022, the critically acclaimed and reimagined Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, directed and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown.

2022 Drama League Awards Nominations Announced- Full List! Photo 2022 Drama League Awards Nominations Announced- Full List!
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 25, 2022

The Drama League today announced the 2022 Drama League Awards Nominees and we've got all the nominations for for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Direction of a Play, Outstanding Direction of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award.

Ron Simons Videos

VIDEO: First Look at JITNEY at the Old Globe VideoVIDEO: First Look at JITNEY at the Old Globe
by Stage Tube - Jan 22, 2020

The Old Globe presents August Wilson's Jitney, directed by one of Wilson's foremost interpreters, Ruben Santiago-Hudson (directed Jitney on Broadway, performed in Gem of the Ocean and Seven Guitars). The American master and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson (the American Century Cycle of 10 plays) had a close relationship with The Old Globe, where three of his plays premiered.

VIDEO: Cast of GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Celebrates 10 Tony Noms with Pharrell's 'Happy'
by Caryn Robbins - May 5, 2014

Check out the show's cast and crew celebrating the good news with their take on Pharrell Williams' hit single 'Happy!'


Ron Simons Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Ron Simons been nominated for?
Best Play (Tony Awards) for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike .

What awards has Ron Simons won?
Best Play (Tony Awards) for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.