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Tony Simotes
Guest Director
Lecturer, Stage Combat



Tony Simotes, director of The Merchant of Venice and guest instructor of stage combat this fall, is the Artistic Director and President of Shakespeare & Company. He is a founding member of the Company, a Director and became a Master Teacher in Fight and Movement since its beginnings in 1978. Recently he directed Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis in Mother Courage and her Children and The Tempest for Shakespeare & Company. He directed Othello with John Douglas Thompson and is proud to have produced Satchmo at the Waldorf starring Mr. Thompson which went on to Long Wharf Theater and Off-Broadway. He has directed for many other regional theaters across the country as well as internationally.

His Stage Fighting work and teaching have been the subject of numerous segments for National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting. He has helped to develop actors for Motion Caption Acting work for Raven Technologies and Software as a part his research and development work for artists of the 21st Century.

He has performed on the stage, in film and television in such features at Terminator II, Hotshots, Father of the Bride II, The Water Dance, Pacific Heights, and was featured as Buddy Rich in the CBS mini-series about Frank Sinatra. He has worked at the Mark Taper Forum, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Old Globe, as well as the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park to name a few.

He is also proud to have been a full professor at the University of Wisconsin — Madison where he served as Director of University Theater before coming to Shakespeare & Company. He is a proud member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, and SDC.


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