Cliff Simon headshot.

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Office Location: ASC 286
(205) 934-3247

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.A., Queens College, Theatre
  • MFA, UT Austin, Scene Design

Cliff Simon was born in the Bronx, moved to Queens, then to the East Village in Manhattan, and has also lived in San Francisco, Santa Fe, Austin and now Birmingham. Before UAB he had been a graphic designer in New York, and a well-known cake designer creating edible painted cakes for many celebrities ( He received his MFA in Scenic Design from UT Austin and subsequently began teaching design at UAB, where he has been for 15 years.

Cliff designed the original off-Broadway production of Fame (in its pre-Broadway run at the Truck and Warehouse Theatre), 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 Mis has toured to Los Angeles, Fairbanks, Alaska and several other cities around the country.

He’s also written several published articles on Scenic Painting, as well as an essay in the book Inspired Teaching by Erik Viker. He loves teaching his UAB students about theatre, painting, life and the joys of Photoshop rendering. While an undergrad at Queens College in NY, he was fortunate enough to design the sets for 2 mainstage productions. That changed his life, and so he encourages his design students to do the same here at UAB’s fantastic Department of Theatre.