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SIMON LEVY is an award-winning director and playwright who is the Producing Director/Dramaturg with The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles since 1993. In 2011 he's directing the West Coast Premiere of Tennessee Williams' last play, A House Not Meant to Stand, exclusive rights courtesy of the Williams Estate. Mr. Levy is the recipient of the 2011 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Milton Katselas Career Achievement Award in Directing; and the Fountain Theatre won the 2011 OVATION Award for Best Season (Opus, The Ballad of Emmett Till, Shining City). In 2010 he directed Opus at the Fountain (nominated for Best Production OVATION Awards 2010 and Best Production Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle) and Photograph 51 in 2009 (nominated Best Production OVATION Awards 2009).
His stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby inaugurated the new Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and is in preparation for a commercial run in London. His trilogy of Fitzgerald stage adaptations includes Tender is the Night, winner PEN Award for Drama, and The Last Tycoon, winner 5 Back Stage awards including Best Adaptation.
He is currently writing a new adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People: A New Version for America.
He has been the producer of numerous productions at the Fountain, including all the Athol Fugard premieres.
He was the director of The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore in 2008 and the revival of Master Class for Santa Barbara Theatre in 2007.
Prior to that, he directed the critically-acclaimed production of The Gimmick, starring Dael Orlandersmith, winner of the 2007 OVATION Award for Solo Performance. What I Heard About Iraq, which he wrote and directed, was produced worldwide, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won the Fringe First Award, the Adelaide Fringe Festival where it won the Fringe Award, was produced by BBC Radio, and received a 30-city UK tour culminating in London.
His directing credits at the Fountain include: Master Class (winner of the 2004 Ovation Award for Best Production); Daisy in the Dreamtime; Going to St. Ives, which went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; The Night of the Iguana; Summer & Smoke (winner of the Ovation Award for Best Production); The Last Tycoon, which he wrote and directed (5 Back Stage West awards, including Best Adaptation and Direction); and Orpheus Descending, (6 Drama-Logue awards, including Best Production and Direction), among many others.
Prior to moving to L.A., he was Artistic Director for the One Act Theatre Company in San Francisco, a resident director at the Magic Theatre of San Francisco, and General Manager of Beach Blanket Babylon. He was a site evaluator for the NEA and the California Arts Council. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Directors and Choreographers, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.