Fort Worth — Johnny Simons, co-founder and Artistic Director of Fort Worth's long-running Hip Pocket Theatre, has won a 2014 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Impact Award. He'll travel to New York in June to receive the award. Meanwhile, Hip Pocket's 38th season begins June 6 with another revival of Simons' Pinocchio Commedia.
You can read more about him on the Doris Duke site, here.
Here's more about the award from the news release:
The Doris Duke Impact Award seeks to recognize artists who are helping to move forward the fields of dance, jazz, and/or theatre. Recipients are nominated by previous winners of the Doris Duke Artist Award. The winners are selected from this pool of nominees by an anonymous panel of artists.
Johnny Simons has been selected for his contribution to theatre through his original works. Simons’ works often combine multiple areas of theatrical techniques, including mime, pantomime, music, dance, puppetry, and the spoken word.
Simons’ will travel to New York City in June to accept the award. His adaptation of Pinocchio Commedia, which he is directing, runs June 6- June 29. Nekkid With the Cats, A Wisepecker Conundrum, written and directed by Simons, will have its world premiere at Hip Pocket Aug. 15- Sept. 7. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, adapted by Johnny Simons and Michael H. Price from the 1920s film, will have its world premiere at Hip Pocket Sept. 19-Oct. 12.
More information about the Doris Duke Awards can be found at http://ddpaa.org/
More information about Hip Pocket Theatre and the works of Johnny Simons can be found at http://hippocket.org/