Date(s) - 04/11/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Digital Film Academy

Our Industry Speaker Series continues this month with the extraordinary producer, Ron Simons

Last month's Industry Speaker Series, focused on the business of the industry and we keep that going with an award-winning producer.  If you've seen films including Night Catches Us, Blue Caprice, Gun Hill Road or countless others, you've seen Ron's work. If you've seen plays A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Porgy and Bess or Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, you've seen his work.We're super pumped to sit down with Ron on April 11th at the Digital Film Academy our Industry Speaker Series partner.The conversation on April 11th will focus on Ron's journey from software engineer to actor to award-winning producer. We'll touch on what it was like for him his first time producing, what skills he'd already had which were transferrable, pulling together deals, pitfalls to avoid, surprises along the way and so much more. We'll also hear about a few of the projects he currently has in development.In past Speaker Series, we'e had the pleasure of speaking with Ken Lee, Reggie Bythewood, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Michael Starburry, Sheldon Candis, Fred Johnson and many more. This month, the producer is in the house.Calling all producers, writers, directors, actors and BTL crew. Get your questions ready.A little more about Ron...

Ron Simons is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer, four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer and actor of stage, film and television. Ron is also the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment. 

As CEO/President of SimonSays Entertainment, he leads the strategic planning and development of theatre and film projects including the critically acclaimed films Night Catches Us, Gun Hill Road, Blue Caprice and Mother of George (all of which premiered at Sundance). His first documentary 25 to Life premiered at the American Black Film Festival where it won Best Documentary. He also produced the Broadway productions of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award for Best Musical), Porgy & Bess (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk, New Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play), and A Streetcar Named Desire (AEA’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award). Off-Broadway projects include Bedlam’s St. Joan and Bedlam’s Hamlet Awards (Off Broadway Alliance Award – Best Revival (for Saint Joan) and the Chicago production of 5 Lesbians Eating Quiche which received the FringeNYC Outstanding Production Award.


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