Eric Simonson is a member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, and has been writing and directing for theatre, film and television since 1988. His plays and adaptations, which include Bang the Drum Slowly and Work Song (with Jeff Hatcher), have been performed all over the U.S. and in Japan. Mr. Simonson received a Tony nomination for his direction of the play The Song of Jacob Zulu; and an Academy Award for his short documentary A Note of Triumph in 2006. In 2005 he received the Princess Grace Statue Award for sustained achievement. He currently resides in L.A. with his son Henry.