Tom Sime has written ten full-length plays, including two prizewinners: All of the Above, which won the Peterson Emerging Playwright Competition at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and was produced there in 2006; and Klutz Theory, which won the first annual Stage West Texas Playwriting Competition in 2007. Tom moved from journalism (10 years at The Dallas Morning News) into playwriting and production in 2005. His company The Modern Stage teamed up with producers Joe and Sandi Black (The Scottsboro Boys, Yank!) to produce workshops of two of his plays in Dallas in Summer 2008: first the thriller Bloodletters, then the romantic comedy My Favorite Animal, which met with sellout crowds and critical acclaim, and went on to a workshop in New York in November 2008 at the 45th Street Theatre in Manhattan, where it was hailed as “a delightful romantic comedy” by OffOffBroadway.com. Tom has also written many short plays. Recent festivals in the New York area presented Catching Up (Black Box New Play Festival, Gallery Players) and Starters (Beer Battered Play Festival, StrangeDog Theatre Company). His one-act Sexy Commie was produced in the Outworks festival at Louisiana State University in April 2007; among his short plays, Waiting Game was produced by Project X in Dallas in 2006; Queen Bee Syndrome was produced by Theatre Inspirato in Toronto in 2007 and again by Pavement Theatre in Portland, Ore. in 2008; Soon was produced and published by Austin Script Works in the Out of Ink festival in 2008; and The Right Reasons was produced in New York by EBE Ensemble as part of its Elephants on Parade Festival in 2011. The one-act comedy Ex’s Exes was produced by the Attic Theatre and Film Center in Los Angeles in 2008, and Firestarter Productions included Tom’s play Sweet Tooth in “Tapas,” an evening of short works directed by Jaime Castañeda and presented at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth in 2009. Theatres at 45 Bleecker, where Tom was Writer in Residence for two years (2009-2010), presented “Oh. Nine,” a series of staged readings of his full-length and one-act plays, in 2009, featuring such notable guest actors as Deborah Harry in Nancy and Nicole and Everett Quinton in All of the Above. Also at 45 Bleecker, Tom co-produced (with Joe and Sandi Black) a popular 2009 workshop of Bloodletters, directed by Modern Stage producing partner Adam Smith Jr. Tom’s play Miracle Day had a successful Kickstarter-funded workshop production, directed by Tom and starring Mr. Smith, at 45 Bleecker in 2010. Nancy and Nicole and Klutz Theory were semifinalists for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Tom is currently working on two new stage comedies, Figment (in collaboration with director Eric Michael Gillett) and the full-length version of Starters (in collaboration wtih director Adrian Wattenmaker), and developing a television comedy series, Hey. Before moving to New York in 2008, Tom was Managing Director of Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, an acclaimed small theater with many awards to its credit. His motto as a writer is “Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em cry, make ‘em horny, make ‘em jump; make ‘em talk about the play all the way home, and have great sex when they get there.” Tom is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Name: Tom Sime
Lives in: Jersey City, New Jersey
Company: The Modern Stage