Clyde Simon


Clyde Simon obtained a BS in Biology at Bowling Green, then spent three years in the Peace Corps teaching secondary school science and math in Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo). Following that, went to University of Hawaii on an East-West Center grant for an MS in Oceanography. While in Hawaii, toured all the islands as an actor and dancer in the Philippine Repertory Company. Worked in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Costa Rica and India for some fifteen years as a technical aquaculture consultant in shrimp breeding. In Indonesia also studied and worked with Indonesias English-language theatre, Jakarta Players, as a director and performer. Studied and acted at Repertory Philippines in Manila. Returned to the US in 1990 to assume management of the aquaculture consulting company, while continuing to act and direct on a part-time basis. In December 1995 began pursuing theatre as a full-time profession: directing, teaching, acting and managing, while completing an MFA degree at Kent State University. Performed in mainstage and lab productions as well as at Porthouse professional summer-stock theatre. At Kent received awards for Outstanding Director (1997 and 1998), Outstanding Production and Outstanding Manager (1998), and co-founded and co-produced (along with Brian Breth) the still ongoing theatre Fringe Festival. Upon completion of the MFA program in May 1998, served as Company Manager of Porthouse Theatre. Subsequently engaged for a year as a resident director, literary manager and actor with the Flea Theatre, an off-off-Broadway theatre in New York City, and appeared in the New York premier of Mac Wellmans The Lesser Magoo at the 78th St Theatre Lab. From February 2000 through April 2001 worked with Cleveland Public Theatre as Literary Manager and Director of the New Plays Festival. Have been engaged by Kent State Universitys School of Theatre and Dance since Fall 2000 teaching Theatre Criticism, Script Analysis, Acting Process and Art of the Theatre. In 2001 began converting a co-owned, store-front commercial space into The Liminis performance space, and in 2002 co-founded convergence-continuum as Artistic Director.