Camden Simon                     

Earned a Bachelors from the University of Tennessee with a dual major in Theatre and Chemistry, after which he has worked professionally in theatre for 16 years as a freelance designer with over 400 projects realized.  This includes theatrical and ballet productions and a great quantity of corporate, concert, and festival events to his credit.  His professional portfolio also includes extensive experience as Technical Director and Production Management as well lighting designs for Theatrical, Ballet, Concert / Event, Corporate as well as for permanent and architectural installations.  Additionally, he has taught masterclasses as a guest artist at several Universities and continues to present on new topics in technical design and direction at industry conventions.  He is currently in residence with the Oak Ridge Playhouse in Oak Ridge, Tennessee as the Technical Director and Production Manager.

Design credits range from classical ballet and modern dance to dramatic theatre to concert and event design.  A significant focus of theatrical design is Musical Theatre and Ballet.  In addition, he has opened several newly designed Architectural and Stage Lighting Systems for new and renovated facilities. 

Professional artistic credits include designs for Oak Ridge Playhouse, Cumberland County Playhouse, Pellissippi State (guest artist),  North Greenville University Theatre (guest artist and master classes), Flying Anvil Theatre Company, Abbington Players, Actors Coop, Knoxville Little Theatre, Allington Playhouse, Strange Fruit Productions, Tin Soldier Productions, Ballet Gloria, Centre Modern Dance Company, Appalachian Dance Company, Salt and Light Ballet, Birmingham Ballet, with concert and event designs for Dirty Guv'ners, Antje Duvekot, Jonas Sees In Color, Corey Smith with Florida Georgia Line, Clay Page, Clemson Will-to-Lead Campaign, City of Greenville (SC), Millidgeville Fall Festival, Southeastern Tourism Bureau, State Farm, and numerous other music and corporate events and festivals.  In addition to production based design, his design credits include permanent-install architectural event lighting systems.

A sample of musical and opera designs include Sister Act, Urinetown, Cinderella, A Little Night Music, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Marriage of Figaro, 1776, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Ain’t Misbehavin, The Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wiz, Damn Yankees, Chicago, Little Women, Hairspray, Scrooge, Drowsy Chaperone, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, All Shook Up, The Producers, My Fair Lady, Grease, The Pajama Game, Nunsensations, The King and I, Hello Dolly!, Ruthless. 

Dramatic theatrical designs includes among others Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers (*premier), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Much Ado about Nothing (Jimmy Award for Lighting Design), One Man Two Guv'nors, Other Desert Cities, Private Lives, Death by Design, Farragut North, The Foreigner, You Can't Take It With You, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, On Golden Pond, The 39 Steps, Importance of Being Earnest, Doubt, The Graduate, Tale of the Allergist Wife, Wait Until Dark, Twentieth Century, Memory of Water, The Women, Broadway Bound, Suburbia (Award - Lighting Design of the Year), No Place to be Somebody.

He also maintains professional membership in several industry organizations including International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), USITT, SETC.

** Gallery of work for residence position at Oak Ridge Playhouse can be viewed at OR Playhouse site for recent seasons. - click here:   OR Playhouse Photo Gallery