Member Profiles

Eric Simonson


Eric's plays and adaptations at Steppenwolf include Nomathemba (written with Ntozake Shange and Joseph Shabalala), Carter’s Way, Honest (for First Look) and most recently, Fake. Other plays include Louder Faster, Magic/Bird, Bronx Bombers, Bang the Drum Slowly The Last Hurrah, Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright (with Jeffrey Hatcher), Edge of the World, Lombardi: The Only Thing and Speak American. His work has been produced in Japan and throughout the United States at theaters including The Huntington Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works, City Theatre of Pittsburgh, The Kennedy Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Madison Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Crossroads Theatre Company. His adaptation of Moby Dick at Milwaukee Repertory was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s top ten productions of 2002. Eric is also an accomplished theatre, film and opera director. His production of Steppenwolf’s The Song of Jacob Zulu received six Tony® Award nominations, including one for best direction. He received the 2006 Academy Award for his documentary short A Note of Triumph, as well as the 2005 Princess Grace Statue Award for sustained artistic achievement. His adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five (originally produced at Steppenwolf) recently received its Off-Broadway premiere in December at New York’s 59E59 Theater. He is currently overseeing the development of three new operas for Minnesota Opera’s OperaWorks. Outstanding commissions include plays for Manhattan Theatre Club, City Theatre and Arizona Theater Company.

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Credits & Awards


Director: Hamlet (co-direction with Campbell Scott); On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom; Topa Topa Bluffs; Ladies Room L. A.; Hamlet; A Note of Triumph; Listening to America


Playwright/Director The Song of Jacob Zulu (Steppenwolf, Broadway); Worksong (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); Carter's Way (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Speak American (City Theatre of Pittsburgh) Adaptor/Director Moby Dick (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); The Last Hurrah; Bang the Drum Slowly (Huntington Theatre). Director The Secret Rapture (Steppenwolf); String of Pearls (Primary Stages); The Grapes of Wrath (Pittsburgh Opera); Anna Christie; Richard III (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); La Boheme; Bokchoy Variations; The Magic Flute; Handmaid's Tale (Minnesota Opera); Kunckle; Coriolanus; The Normal Heart (Next Theatre); Othello (Court Theatre); Hamlet (Huntington Theatre)


Seinfeld (NBC); The Ben Stiller Show (MTV); The Untouchables (ABC).


Princess Grace Award; NCCJ Award; Tony Award nomination (The Song of Jacob Zulu); Academy Award for A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin; Emmy Award nomination; IDA Achievement Award (On Tip Toe).

Member Profiles

Eric Simonson

Eric  Simonson