Lake Simons is a theatre artist based in New York City. She is a director, designer, choreographer, puppeteer, builder, and performer. As a child, she was exposed to puppetry, dance, and pantomime while performing in original productions at Hip Pocket Theatre, founded in 1976 by her mother and father, playwright Johnny Simons. She has continued in their footsteps, creating playful-elemental-poetic theatre for the past 17 years.

Lake is a graduate of Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France and holds a BFA in Scene Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

She is the recipient of five Jim Henson Foundation grants. Original and interpreted works, co-created with composer John Dyer, featuring puppetry, movement, and live music including What’s Inside the Egg? (2003), Alice In Wonderland (2003), How I Fixed My Engine With Rose Water (2006), White Elephant (2009), Moby Dick (2012), Wind Set-up (2013), and A Tempest (2013). Additional collaborations include Etiquette Unraveled, Paper Plane, Dogman, and Inky Pod

Lake was one of four Americans invited to collaborate with Koryu Nishikawa V of the Kuruma-Ningyo Puppet Theatre in Japan. She has appeared in productions by Christopher Williams, Dan Hurlin, Matt Acheson, Chris Green, Mabou Mines, Patti Bradshaw, and internationally renowned puppeteer Basil Twist. 

As a designer she has collaborated with New York Shakespeare Festival, Signature Theatre Company, Doug Elkins, Kristin Marting, My Brightest Diamond, Cori Orlinghouse, Peculiar Works, and Bard College. Lake served as a Puppetry Associate for the Broadway production of War Horse and Assistant Movement and Puppetry Director for the national tour.  

Lake continues on as an artistic associate with Hip Pocket Theatre. She teaches set design and puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College and will join the Rockettes as a puppeteer in the 2014 spring production of Hearts and Light at Radio City.