Arri Lawton Simon
Arri Lawton Simon is a multi-hyphenate whose work has been enjoyed by audiences around the globe. An award-winning composer, he has written, with his collaborator Janine McGuire, the immersive musical Express (New York Transit Museum, New York Film Academy), the TYA musical Kibby the Space Dog (Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center), and the upcoming Borders, which has been developed at BMI, The Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, Goodspeed Musicals, The Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony, New York Theatre Barn, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and The York Theatre. Their work has been seen at The Green Room 42 (NY), The Phoenix Theatre (AZ), A Little New Music (L.A.), and others. Additionally, Arri writes both sacred and secular choral music, and music for film and dance, having composed scores for Chaplin’s The Kid commissioned by the Tallgrass Film Festival, and the contemporary ballet Freedom’s Fancy commissioned by SAFEHouse Arts San Francisco. Most recently he completed the score to the new illustrated short film Hearts to Half, commissioned by Broadway producer Dori Berenstein. Arri is faculty at the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC and has been a guest lecturer at The Dramatists Guild National Conference, Wichita State University, and The University of Kansas. A member of AEA, Arri has appeared at Carnegie Hall, NY City Center, and Lincoln Center, as well as various regional houses around the country. He received the 2014 Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre and holds a B.M. in Composition and Vocal Performance from Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.