Ed Simpson’s plays have been widely produced throughout the US and Canada and include Additional Particulars, which won the 2000 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the Backstage-West Garland Award for Playwriting; Elephant Sighs; The Battle of Shallowford; The Comet of St. Loomis; A Point of Order (all published by Samuel French); Electric City Suite, a cycle of six plays (published by Dramatic Publishing); the book for the musical The Amazing Golden; and, Periphery (Dramatic Publishing), a docudrama about the 1960 Woolworth’s sit-in in Greensboro, NC, which galvanized the civil rights movement in America. His produced one-act plays include Tenderness, Carving Rocks, Hot to Spa, Standing Up V and E, Pratt Falls, and Dancing With Father. Most recently he wrote, directed, and produced the feature film Elephant Sighs (adapted from the play) that starred Edward Asner and was released by Green Apple Entertainment. He co-wrote and co-produced the short film Connected that won both the Best Screenplay and Best Film awards at the 2012 Festival of Media Arts. He has also written for the acclaimed ABC Family Channel television series, State of Grace. His additional screenplays include Vin Fiz and Apparently Leaving, which is currently in pre-production by New Garden Media. For the stage he has directed close to 50 productions including Waiting for Godot, All My Sons, Hot L Baltimore, Our Town, All in the Timing, The Time of Your Life, As You Like It, Into the Woods, A Flea in Her Ear, and The Pirates of Penzance. Mr. Simpson is currently Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Theatre at High Point University and is Professor Emeritus from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he taught playwriting, acting, and directing in the Department of Theater and Dance for 26 years. He is the recipient of the IUP Distinguished Faculty Award in both 1998 and 2002; High Point University's Ruth Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award in 2012; and numerous Meritorious Achievement Awards for Direction from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife, Cydney.