"A superb talent for mimicry." – Stage Whispers
"Simons has presence in spades." – Weekly Review
Bethany is an award-winning theatre maker based in Melbourne. Born and raised in Dubbo, NSW, she is a graduate of BA (Acting for Screen and Stage - Honours) at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.
Bethany's original works have toured independently and with Regional Arts Victoria, Melbourne Fringe and Critical Stages. Her work has appeared at Melbourne Recital Centre, The Butterfly Club, Hayes Theatre Co., Deakin Edge - Federation Square, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, South Melbourne Town Hall, Bangalow Music Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and in more than 50 regional venues across Australia.
Finding her inspiration in the everyday, she is committed to creating new work for the Australian stage that is honest, uplifting and entertaining. Her original work, Reception: The Musical – a cabaret comedy collaboration with award-winning pianist Peter de Jager - enjoyed numerous national tours. Inspired by her real life experiences as an administration assistant, Reception: The Musical was awarded Best Cabaret at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival Awards, received two nominations for 'Best Writing' and 'Best Original Songs' at the 2014 Green Room Awards and appeared on the 2015 VCE Playlist. It is available for purchase from Australian Plays.
Bethany's first play, The Weather and Your Health, received Green Room nominations for 'Best New Writing for the Australian Stage' and 'Best Independent Female Performer'. The show has toured extensively across regional and metropolitan Australia and was awarded the RAVE Touring Award from Regional Arts Victoria for 'outstanding contribution to regional arts and culture'. The play appeared on the 2012 VCE Drama Playlist and is available for purchase from Australian Plays.
In addition to her original works, Bethany has collaborated on performance programs with Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, and the Australian National Academy of Music. As a teaching artist, she has delivered countless theatre and playwriting workshops in schools and communities both across Australia and internationally, including Berlin Metropolitan School and Alrowwad Arts Centre in Bethlehem.
Alongside her varied theatre and teaching practice, Bethany is currently the Program Director of Theatre Network Australia and was formerly a columnist for Australian theatre networking site, AussieTheatre.com - view her column archive here.
"Simons really sparkled." - Australian Stage
"A talent to watch." - Daily Review
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