Tony Award Winning Producer and SimonSays Entertainment CEO Ron Simons is Today’s Honoree

Ron Simons is a four-time Tony Award-winning producer, making him the highest African-American Tony Award-winning producer of all time. As a four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer and actor of stage, film and television, Ron is the leading Broadway producer working today bringing diversity to the stage, with his work being screened at prestigious festivals all over the world, including Sundance, New Directors/New Films, the MoMA (Museum of Modern Arts) and many others.

As CEO/President of SimonSays Entertainment, he leads the strategic planning and development of theatre, television 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.  

Ron Simons is a highly sought out worldwide speaker, advisor and expert in keynotes and workshops educating filmmakers, producers, entrepreneurs and artists on achieving success in the entertainment industry. Ron teaches thought provoking exploration into the essence of ‘the why’ and ‘the how’ when pitching successful projects. With numerous awards in film, television, theater and leadership, Ron is transforming the entertainment industry by encouraging and supporting the next generation of storytellers through establishing symposiums and other initiatives for aspiring producers to increase the presence of diversity.

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