Banner photo by Loli Kantor
Johnny Simons professional theater career has included work as playwright, stage director, choreographer, and teacher, as well as performance work as an actor, mime and dancer. In 1977, he co-founded the Hip Pocket Theatre with his wife Diane, and composing partner Douglas Balentine. This company remains a thriving ensemble theater internationally-recognized for its uniquely original work (many written by Simons), as well as playwrights and international theater works rarely produced in the region.

Simons has been playwright-in-residence or had his plays produced by the Edinburgh, Scotland Fringe Festival, London
s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Alley Theatre, Kimbell Art Museum, Casa Mañana, Dallas Museum of Art, New Orleans Le Petit Theatre, Duke University, and numerous other companies across the United States.

Simons holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University and has taught acting, mime, and stage movement in association with the University of Houston, Dallas Theater Center, Casa Manana, Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Hip Pocket Theatre, and Duke University where he served as Assistant Professor for five years. In 1976 he established the Drama Department at the Northwest Campus of Tarrant County Junior College. He is currently finishing a memoir,
Theatre in the Rough to be published.