(Bio as of November 2012)
Kelli Simpkins makes her Goodman debut. Chicago theater credits include The Kid Thing with Chicago Dramatists and About Face Theatre (Jeff nomination); Pony and Execution of Justice at About Face Theatre; In Darfur at TimeLine Theatre Company; Late: A Cowboy Song the Piven Theatre Workshop; Celebrity Row at American Theater Company and Fair Use, Good Boys and True and One Arm Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She is an original creator and performer of The Laramie Project, which appeared off Broadway, at the Denver Center Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse. Other New York and regional credits include I Think I Like Girls at HERE Arts Center and Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City and The People’s Temple at the Guthrie Theater, Perseverance Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Ms. Simpkins appeared in the national tour of The Laramie Project: Epilogue. Current and upcoming projects include How Long Will I Cry: Voices of Youth Violence (artistic consultant) at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and productions of Casa Cushman, Spill and Apology. She directed and co-wrote Good Death, an original verbatim play at Western Michigan University. Her film and television credits include A League of Their Own, Chasing Amy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Laramie Project (Emmy nomination for Ensemble Writing.) She is an artistic associate at About Face Theatre and a company member of Tectonic Theater Project in New York City.