John Simpkins

Director/Artistic Director


505 West 37th Street #2L  New York, NY  10018
                  Cell: (917) 838-0509 ~ Email:

New York

     BloodSong of Love: The Rock’n’Roll Spaghetti Western (Joe Iconis – book/ music/ lyrics)

          Ars Nova (Three Drama Desk Nominations)

    Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis (co-conceiver)

          Second Stage, NYMF


    The Bus (a new play by James Lantz)

          59E59 Theatres

     Party Come Here (Daniel Goldfarb- book, David Kirshenbaum- music/ lyrics)

          The Players Theatre

    Next Thing You Know (Ryan Cunningham – book/ lyrics; Josh Salzman – music)

          Ars Nova

     Fantasy Football:  the Musical?  (David Ingber – book/ music/ lyrics)

          Provincetown Playhouse

     ReWrite: a musical comedy triple feature (Joe Iconis- book/ music/ lyrics)

          Urban Stages

     The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Joe Iconis- book/ music/ lyrics)

          Theatreworks, USA – Lucille Lortel Theatre

     The Black Suits (Joe Iconis- music/ lyrics, Joe Iconis & Robert Maddock- book)

          SPF at the Public Theater (Shiva)

     Queen Esther (Ryan Cunningham- book, Joshua Salzman- music/lyrics)

          Merkin Hall

     Go-Go Beach (John Wimbs - book/ lyrics; Mike Shaieb, Brent Lord - music)

          New York Musical Theatre Festival - 37 Arts Theatre

     Blood Drive (Rachel Sheinkin- book/ lyrics; Joel Derfner- music)

     29 (Gaby Alter- music/lyrics; Tommy Newman- book/ additional lyrics)

     Like You Like It:  The 1980’s Musical (Sammy Buck- book/ lyrics; Dan Acquisto- music)


     Center Theatre Group, LA (Kirk Douglas Theatre)

          The Black Suits (World Premiere)

     North Carolina Theatre

          Hairspray (starring Dale Hensley, Dirk Lumbard)


     Goodspeed Opera House

          ReWrite (Festival of New Artists)

          Adam Lives (Festival of New Artists)

     Barrington Stage Company


          The Black Suits

     John W. Engeman Theatre

          Damn Yankees (starring Andre De Shields, Felicia Finley, Austin Miller)

          A Wonderful Life

     Sacramento Music Circus

          Cabaret (starring Jacquelyn Piro, Max Von Essen, Teri Ralston)

          Annie (starring Mark Zimmerman, Adinah Alexander, Jim Walton)

     Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma

          Evita (starring Kate Chapman, Eric Michael Gillett, Dan Cooney)

     Berkshire Theatre Festival (Friday series)

          Next Thing You Know (Ryan Cunningham – book/ lyrics; Josh Salzman – music)

     Sharon Playhouse (Artistic Director)


          Les Miserables

          They’re Playing Our Song

          Damn Yankees

          A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

          The Wedding Singer


          The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

          Altar Boyz

     Ohio Northern University Freed Center

          The Last Five Years

     Arundel Playhouse

          tick, tick…Boom!; Godspell ; I Do! I Do!

     Post Playhouse

          The Spitfire Grill

New York Workshops/ Readings

     Ars Nova:  When the World Ends (Nick Blaemire)

     NAMT (National Alliance for Musical Theatre – New World Stages): 

Ripper (Duane Nelsen)

Bloodsong Of Love (Joe Iconis)

     Caroline’s on Broadway:  Bromance, the Dudesical (Ewalt and Walker)

     Sage Theatre:  Half Married (a new play by Ryan Cunningham and Charles Antin)

     Barrington Stage Company:  Bad Kid School (John Gregor- book/ music/ lyrics)

     York Theatre:  Plastic! (Robert Maddock- book/ lyrics; Joe Iconis, Reza Jacobs - music)

  You Don’t Know Jack (Jay Falzone- book/ lyrics; Jason Loffredo – music)

     New Triad for Collaborative Arts/ Lincoln Center:  Lyrical Langston: His Muse for Music

     Loewe Theatre:  Beasts and Saints (Mindi Dickstein- book/ lyrics; Dan Messe- music)

New York University

The Fix, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Floyd Collins, Sweet Smell of Success, Violet, City of Angels, Urinetown, Merrily We Roll Along, Parade, A New Brain, Godspell, Fiorello!


     Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

          Alan Menken:  A Musical Tribute (featuring Alan Menken)

     New World Stages:  NAMT Songwriters Showcase

Teaching/ Education

     New York University- M.A.

     Miami University (Ohio)- B.M.

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