"I am a storyteller first, a designer second. Every line, color, texture and object is intentional. Everything on stage has purpose and meaning."
Jason Simms (he/him) is an award winning scenographer for Theater, Opera, and Musicals and has designed over 150 productions. Born and Raised in Carson City, NV, Simms started designing for theatre at the age of fifteen. He now resides in Ithaca, NY where he is an Assistant Professor of Design at Cornell University in the department of Performing & Media Arts. He designs sets in New York City as well as at regional theaters all across the United States.
New York Productions include (but are not limited to) Urge for Going (The Public Theater), The Bad Guys (Second Stage Uptown), A Bright New Boise, And Miles to Go, After, and Dutch Masters (Partial Comfort Productions), American Treasure and Melancholy Play (13P), When January Feels Like Summer, Finks, Against the Hillside, Winners, and Headstrong (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Donkey Punch (Soho Playhouse), and many productions for both the Drama Division and Vocal Arts Division at The Juilliard School. His regional credits include (but are not limited to) Sweat, Glass Menagerie, The Lion in Winter, and An Inspector Calls (Pioneer Theatre Co., Salt Lake City), Ragtime, Lost in Yonkers, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Sunshine Boys, RENT, and more (Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bucks County), The Whale (Denver Center Theatre Company), Be A Good Little Widow (The Old Globe, San Diego), 4000 Miles, Outside Mullingar, Disgraced, Having Our Say, (Philadelphia Theatre Company), The Immigrant, Trying, American Hero, American Son, The Whipping Man, Sex with Strangers, Venus in Fur (George St. Playhouse), Dutch Masters, Hair, and The Puppetmaster of Lodz (Berkshire Theatre Group), Clybourne Park, (Chautauqua Theatre Company) and The Loudest Man On Earth (TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley). Additional Shakespeare productions include: As You Like It, The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet, Henry V, Cymbeline, Richard II, Love's Labor's Lost, and an upcoming production of King Lear. In addition to designing, Jason has taught at such institutions as Montclair State University, Fordham University, and Williams College. He received his training at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle (BFA) and NYU, Tisch School of the Arts (MFA).
Simms is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.