About Living Legends
In place of the Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award, Theatre Philadelphia's Living Legends feature is a way to recognize a series of individual artists and community members in our theatre community who have helped sustain the culture and community within the Philadelphia theatre community for several years and continue to do so as the community grows. Theatre Philadelphia will feature these individual artists and community members through an ethnographic photo essay, interview, and a social media shout-out!
The first artist we are recognizing is Cathy Simpson. Cathy Simpson, is a company member of “People’s Light” and the “Freedom Rising” Company at the National Constitution Center. Her work in some local theaters includes InterAct, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Hedgerow Theatre, Arden Theatre, Wilma Theater, Theatre Horizon, and 1812 Productions. Regional theater credits include, Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, and Studio Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, D.C., Olney Theatre Center, St Louis Black Rep, St Louis Rep, Indiana Rep, and Fla. Big Arts.
She is a four-time Barrymore nominee and a winner of the Freedom Theatre production of, The Old Settler, and Kevin Kline Award winner for St. Louis Black Rep’s production of, A Song for Coretta. She has also been nominated twice for the Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, D.C., and won the Best Performer Award in Toyama, Japan. Her film and television credits include local television commercials, PBS Education Series, Indy films, and First Run Films. To God be the Glory!!!
We are so thankful to be in community with Cathy Simpson and to bear witness to her continued work in theatre!
To hear more about Cathy Simpson's continued journey in Philly theatre, head over to https://sshipley.exposure.co/living-legendsnbsp