cliff-painting Before teaching scenic design at UAB, Cliff Simon had previously been a graphic designer in New York, as well as a well-known cake designer, creating edible painted cakes for many celebrities. Cliff designed the original off-Broadway production of Fame (in its pre-Broadway run), as well as sets for Playwrights Horizons and T. Schreiber Studios. He’s designed at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, at the Cleveland Play House and has done shows for Zach Theatre (winner B. Iden Payne Award for Present Laughter) in Austin as well as for the Riverside Theatre in Florida, the Walnut Street Theatre in Philly, Oguinquit Playhouse and Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. Recently his design for Les Misérables has supported productions in L.A, Fairbanks, Alaska and several other cities around the country. He’s written several articles for publication on scenic painting, as well as an essay in the book Inspired Teaching by Erik Viker. He loves teaching his students about theatre and life.

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