THE SIMON STUDIO DIRECTORS TRAINING PROGRAM was recently featured in BACKSTAGE (11/3/00) as one of NYCs leading centers for Director training. Selected early career and established directors participate in the SIMON STUDIO Professional Lab interacting with actors and writers as they develop, direct and assistant direct both classical and new works of plays, musicals, film, TV and Radio projects. From cold and prepared readings to staged scenes and excerpts to full presentation and production, directors are mentored by Roger Hendricks Simon and guest industry participants. In addition directors can also participate in the acting and writing programs of the Lab. Recent and former director participants are currently associated with productions for NYC and Glimmerglass Opera Companies, Chicago City Limits, NY International Fringe Theatre Festival, LaMama, National Public Radio and independent film projects (including those from Columbia U. and N.Y. Institute of Technology).