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Jason Simms

Assistant Professor

Jason Simms

Educational Background

-M.F.A. Design for Stage and Film, NYU, Tisch Scool of the Arts, 2009

-B.F.A. Performance Production, Cornish College of the Arts, 2005



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 designs 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. Prior to teaching at Cornell, Jason taught courses in design for performance at Fordham University, Montclair State University, and Williams College. Jason was the recipient of the USITT and LiveDesign's Rising Star Award in 2012 and has recieved other award nominations including American Theatre Wing's Henry Hewes Excellence in Design Award and Theatre Phildadelphia's Barrymore Award for Outstanding Scenic Design.  Visit to experience a digital portfolio and blog.


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Fall 2021


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