Hello, there. I'm Simone.
I love a good coffee, a good Malbec, a good read, a good meal.
I'm an artist, a teacher, a Cancer, a giver, a cat lady, and a really good friend. I speak Spanish and Italian. I've lived in New York, Florence, and Los Angeles. I am a lifelong learner and passionate student of history, science, and philosophy.
But labels and interests aside, I always think the best way to actually get to know someone is to find out what's most important to them- what's in their heart.
So, here's me:
It is far easier to ignore the loss of a dream if one never makes the reach. And to me, it is vital to not only pursue those dreams, but to do so with integrity and purpose. I have never been interested in doing work simply for the sake of doing it. And so, I've taken winding paths to get where I am with intention, honesty, compassion, and care.
When people ask me what I do, I don't always have a straight answer because I do a lot of things. I act, I write, I direct, I dance, I voice, I teach... and all of these things together, make me stronger, bolder, and more creative in my work and in my life.
I have long worked as an arts educator, and my approach to writing, directing, choreography, and performance is heavily informed by my work with children and the sense of responsibility I believe all artists have, in telling stories that make us ask difficult questions of ourselves and others. Rather than “confronting” these issues, I approach the development of a piece through a profound desire to understand deeply, however difficult or personally challenging. The words we say, the things we do, and the stories we tell have immeasurable power to change our world, and my process is deeply rooted in care for the weight of the work.
The Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Centrifuge Arts, my work has included productions, workshops, and readings at Griffith Observatory, Japanese American National Museum, ARK Theater, Abrons Arts Center, Access Theatre, THEATERLAB and FIGMENT Festival, including pieces such as Letters to the Universe (2020), Through the Looking Glass (2016), and Symphony of the Fourth Dimension (2015) for which I was awarded the SciArt Center of New York's Biomeditation Grant.
Performance highlights have included dancing as a soloist in Urban Ballet Theater's Nutcracker in the Lower, starring opposite Academy Award Nominee Leslie Browne in Nagisa Kodama's short film Valentine, originating the role of Erna in The Clearing's award winning production hOMAge, and voicing numerous audiobooks for Audible, Inc.
My teaching artist residencies have included school partnerships with the BRIDGE Theatre Project, ArtworxLA, and Bard Early College High School. I have also taught on faculty at Wildwood Elementary, Michelle Danner Acting Studio, Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School, and the Abrons Arts Center.
I have been a selected participant for Carnegie Hall's Music Educators Workshop, Creative Capital Summer Intensive, and Directors Lab West, and I hold a BFA in Drama from NYU.
To learn more about my studio or connect offline, reach out here.