Kathleen, along with co-creators Stephanie Fagan and Chelsea B Lockie, is Executive Producer and lead actress of Woe is She.
In this new comedy webseries, Jenny (played by Stephanie Fagan) has been diagnosed with depression and is trying hard to get better. As she tries to recover, she stays with her friend Nicole (played by Kathleen Simmonds), a flippant, somewhat superficial but well-meaning bad influence. In Season 1, we witness the ways their lives are affected and changed by Jenny’s diagnosis.
Woe is She was made by an all-female identifying creative team (Director, Writer, Lead Actresses and Producers). We aim to reach those who don't often see mental illness represented in a genuine way and sought to destigmatize depression by showing it in the ways we personally have experienced it. Woe is She is a series for anyone who has ever looked at their life with dark irreverence, and still managed to make others laugh.
So far this year, the series has been awarded the following accolades in the international festival circuit:
Official Selection - St Lawrence International Film Festival
Official Selection - Hunter Mountain Film Festival
Official Selection - Manhattan Repertory’s STORIES Film Festival
Official Selection - New York City International Reel Film Festival
Official Selection and nominated for BEST TV PILOT - Low to No Film Festival
Semi-Finalist - Strong Chance Film Festival
Official Selection - Chain NYC Film Festival
Official Selection - Web Series Festival Global
Official Selection - City Circle Film Festival
Finalist - Changing Face International Film Festival
Finalist - Aphrodite Film Awards
We are so excited to update everyone as more awards come in!!
CHECK OUT ALL OF THE AMAZING ACCOLADES THAT "BLAME" IS GETTING:
Gold Award Winner - International Movie Awards
Award of Merit Short Film (Student) and Award of Merit: Women Filmmaker (Student) - Best Shorts Competition
Finalist - Other Venice Film Festival in Venice, California
Honorable Mention - Los Angeles Movie Awards
Best International Short Film Nominee - Hollywood Art and Movie Awards
Award of Excellence - One Reeler Competition
Audience Award - California Women’s Film Festival
Joan Chiverton is a woman you need to follow. Her work sketching the best shows and musical acts in New York City is extraordinary. She has already covered three of Kathleen's shows. For more of Joan's work, follow her at @joan_chiverton THANK YOU JOAN!!
A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - SHAKESPEARE IN BRYANT PARK
GOLDEN BOY - GK ARTS CENTER
TWELFTH NIGHT - SHAKESPEARE IN BRYANT PARK
Kathleen was on the Break Thru Films team that produced the Oscars New Voices presentation (starring Ava DuVernay, Mira Sorvino, Salma Hayek, and Yance Ford among others) that was shown at the Oscars 2018 ceremony and broadcast on ABC.
Watch the film here - http://www.breakthrufilms.org/tv/new-voices
Dress by Shareen
Jewellry by Diana Broussard
IN THIS SPECIAL PRODUCTION TO SUPPORT INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS TO FIGHT PARKINSON'S DISEASE, Kathleen stars as the formidable Lorna Moon.
All proceeds for GOLDEN BOY by Clifford Odets, Directed by Aaron Latham and Graydon Gund, will support stoPD (Support and Training to Overcome Parkinsons Disease), a not-for-profit organization operating in New York City and Los Angeles.
Performed at GK Arts Center, the renowned Off-Broadway theater located in the heart of DUMBO, Brooklyn, this play will entertain you and move you.
Most importantly, this production will be a testament to the strength of the Parkinson's community as the cast features professional actors who are living with Parkinson's disease in two of the major roles. In addition, many of our production and creative team members have Parkinson's, and have devoted themselves to creating this unique and memorable production.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. TICKET BUYERS AT THE VIP LEVEL FOR EITHER THE OPENING NIGHT OR CLOSING MATINEE PERFORMANCE RECEIVE RECOGNITION IN THE PROGRAM, VIP SEATING, AN INVITATION TO BEHIND THE SCENES DRESS REHEARSAL AND AN AFTER PARTY WITH THE CAST IN THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION WITH YOUR TICKET PURCHASE. MANY THANKS!
The web series produced by Kathleen and her incredible colleagues Stephanie Fagan and Chelsea B Lockie premiered today at the Brooklyn WebFest! Creator Stephanie Fagan and lead actress Kathleen Simmonds took to the red carpet and marketing events like fish to water...
Join us in Bryant Park, New York City, for a Twelfth Night celebration - 28, 29, 30 July! Check out http://bryantpark.org/programs/shakespeare and http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Drilling-Company-Stages-Festive-TWELFTH-NIGHT-in-Bryant-Park-20170707 for details!
Alisha Hnatjuk's original film "Welcome to New York" was entered into the Powershorts Film Festival hosted by MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) and they've just been notified they are finalists! The short film is now open to a PUBLIC VOTE. Please watch, cringe, laugh (at or with them - either is appreciated), and, should you fancy, share and vote for them too.
Watch and vote for "Welcome to New York" by clicking here. Voting ends July 21st!
Today, Kathleen was invited by Ellen Burstyn, a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio - the most exclusive acting membership in the World.
Founded in 1947 in New York City by Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford, and Robert Lewis, the Studio began as a place where theatre artists could gather, privately, to explore new and deeper connections to the work. The founding members, a group of actors, writers, and directors, were committed to redefining the art of acting, to developing a series of techniques an actor could use to search for and express the truth onstage in the moment. The workshop went on to become the most powerful influence on American acting in the 20th century and continues today serving new generations of actors who are committed to the same ideal.
The Studio's founding Artistic Director, Lee Strasberg, developed a series of techniques and exercises that became known as ‘The Method’ and changed the art of acting worldwide.
Keep a look out here for updates on the film's release!
In the meantime, here are some teaser shots from the set...
Watch this space for updates!!
Kathleen will be appearing in the role of Helena for the Drilling Company's summer Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production of A Midsummer Night's Dream!
Shows run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Clemente Parking Lot on the Lower East Side, NYC.
For the latest Broadway World coverage visit: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Shakespeare-in-the-Parking-Lot-Adapts-MIDSUMMER-NIGHTS-DREAM-20160609
For more details visit: http://shakespeareintheparkinglot.com/mids.htm
Kathleen will be appearing in the following shows during the ASDS 2016 Repertory Season:
- JUDY in Women of Manhattan by John Patrick Shanley: April 13, 14, 15, 16
- AUGUST in Blacksheep by Julia Rae Maldonado: April 27, 28, 29, 30
For FREE TICKETS, please reserve online at asdsrepseason.com
MARCH 14 - 2PM + 6PM
Seating is limited! Make your reservation today at:
Kathleen is currently performing in The Actors Studio production of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and Studio Member Stephen Adly Guirgis. The production is Directed by Academy Award Winner and Studio Board Member Estelle Parsons and is filled with a cast of 26 Studio members.
The show has been extended for another week and closes on Sunday January 31, 2016 https://www.facebook.com/events/437112826496636/