Jeanmarie Simpson is a performer, playwright, director and educator. Born in rural Arizona, she moved with her family to Toronto in 1970 where she fell in love with the theatre in seventh grade after seeing the legendary production of Godspell (featuring Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy and Martin Short). Simpson began directing and writing while still in her teens and has performed dozens of roles in regional theatre and stock in the US and Canada. She is the founding artistic director of the Nevada Shakespeare Company and the founder and artistic director of Universal Access Productions, an Arizona-based theatre and film company dedicated to the creation of theatre and film accessible to everyone regardless of physical or intellectual ability.
Jeanmarie has been an artist in residence at K-12 public and private schools in Arizona and Nevada, working with elementary, middle and high school students as well as those with profound physical and cognitive/intellectual disabilities. She has worked as a teaching artist for community theatres, churches, civic and arts organizations, directing plays, producing videos, and presenting workshops and providing in-service training for teachers. Simpson has also taught college-level theatre classes in Nevada, Arizona and California.
School & Community Workshops
Professional Development Workshops