Name: Cathy Simpson
The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre started in 1995, and celebrates the rich, diverse theatre community through a peer-adjudicated process. In the 2018-19 Season, we have 77 nominators and 13 judges that will see over 100 professional productions. Our expanded pool of voters this season represents the exciting and diverse theatre community that is thriving in Philadelphia. This entry is part of a profile series to introduce you to the voters who are an integral part of the Barrymore process.
What is your current role in the Philadelphia theatre community? (I.e. actor, educator, designer, etc.): Actor
What was the first theatre production you were involved in, and what did you learn from it?: Detective Story at St. Louis Rep. My first lesson in professional Theatre was that NO ONE, is indispensable.
What is your education and training experience?: BFA Carnegie Mellon U.
How did you first get involved in the Philadelphia theatre community?: Seth Rozin at Interact hired me in 1990.
What made you want to be a nominator/judge for the Barrymore Awards?: Theatre has given me so much, I feel like I want to give back just a little.
What projects are you currently working on in Philly? (Feel free to link to websites and self-promote!): Fringe Prod "Day of Absence", Fringe Prod "A Fierce Kind of Love" Rough Cuts Film project.
If you weren’t working in theatre, what other job do you think you would be doing?: Probably teaching.
What show would you love to work on that you haven’t gotten a chance to yet?: Gem of the Ocean.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the theatre industry?: Never stop reaching for your goals and dreams, even when it seems the darkest, just don't ever give up. Keep on truckin'!
What production have you seen recently in Philly as an audience member that inspired you?: PIFA's Doggie Hamlet.
If you could have dinner with any four people, living or dead, who would they be and why?: Katherine Dunham, Ethel Waters Ertha Kitt and Josephine Baker. All these women inspired me to perform.
Keep up with all the shows our Barrymore Nominators and Judges are seeing this season by checking out What's On Stage in Philly this week!