Godfrey SimmonsArtistic Director


Godfrey is an actor and director who has been championing and shepherding new scripts and adaptations toward production for over 20 years. He recently directed Civic Ensemble’s Off-Off Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s rarely-produced All God’s Chillun Got Wings at JACK in Brooklyn. On stage, he was most recently seen in the Obie Award-winning Epic Theatre Ensemble’s production of Richard III, in the title role of Othello with Ithaca Shakespeare Company, and as Hambone in Syracuse Stage’s production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. He co-wrote and starred in the documentary play Dispatches From (A)mended America, which was produced Off-Broadway by Epic in the fall of 2012. Dispatches… examines the hopes, fears ad dreams of the American South during the month leading up to President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Godfrey also co-wrote and starred in THE LOST CHILDREN, Mark Harris’ independent film about death cults. Godfrey is a 2012 Fox Fellow for his work with Epic Theatre Ensemble. Off-Broadway: Old Settler (Primary Stages; Audelco Award – Best Supporting Actor); Betty’s Summer Vacation (Playwrights Horizons); Einstein’s Gift, Widowers’ Houses, A Hard Heart, A More Perfect Union, Richard III, Macbeth, Passion Play (Epic Theatre Ensemble); Ice Island (Melting Pot Theatre); Free Market (Working Theater). He has taught acting at Cornell University, Marymount Manhattan College, and Binghamton University. He is a member of Epic Theatre Ensemble, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Lark Playground.

CONTACT: godfrey@civicensemble.org