Mr. Simpson has a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern California and worked as an advertising writer in Los Angeles before moving to New York to pursue a different passion: dance. He danced professionally in New York and Boston before founding a community-based modern dance company, Small City Dance Project, in Newburyport, MA. His fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies. He was a teaching fellow at Smith College, where he received his MFA in choreography. While living in the Bay Area for 15 years, he wrote about dance for the San Francisco Chronicle and other periodicals. In 2005, he was a NEA Fellow at the Dance Critics Institute, American Dance Festival. For culturevulture.net, he reviews dance, theatre and film. He moved to Santa Fe in October, 2008. He writes for "Pasatiempo," the Arts magazine of the "Santa Fe New Mexican."
Writes in: Art & Architecture, Books & CDs, Dance, Destinations, Etc, Features, Film, Music, and Theater.
Isabel Leonard and Jason Abrams in Santa Fe Opera's "Griselda"Photos by Ken Howard
Opera by Antonio VivaldiText by Apostolo ZenoConducted by Grant GershonDirected by Peter SellarsScenic design by GronkCostume design by Dunya RamicovaLighting design by James F. IngallsSanta ...
Poster image from Santa Fe Opera's "The Last Savage"Photo from company website
Singing Naked—And Not Just in the Shower
“The Last Savage”Opera in three acts by Gian Carlo MenottiDirected by Ned CantyStarring Daniel Okulitch, Anna ChristyPresented by Santa ...
Joseph Watson, Emily Proctor and William Cannon in "Stamping Ground"Photo by Rosalie O'Connor
Sweet Memory: 'Kiss Me Goodnight'
Aspen Santa Fe BalletLensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, N.M.July 8 and 9, and Sept. 3, 2011(Also July 22 and 23, ...
Juan Siddi performing: "For me, flamenco is universal."Photo courtesy of Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company
Flamenco: Body and Music as One
Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre CompanyMaría Benítez Theatre at The Lodge at Santa FeTuesday–Saturday, 8 p.m., through Aug. 14, ...
The Desert Chorale rehearses at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe.Photo courtesy of the Desert Chorale
A Chorale Blooms in the Desert
Santa Fe Desert ChoraleJoshua Habermann, directorSummer season in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, July 7–Aug. 12, 2011
A digital reimagining of a 1999 Bill T. Jones installation piece
Film by The OpenEnded Group
Choreography and vocal phrases by Bill T. Jones
Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 20–27
Salt Lake Art Center, Jan. 20–March 25
Members of Los Pleneros de la 21 in performance
Los Pleneros de la 21: Making Music That Makes You Move
Afro-Caribbean music, as it developed into different styles in Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, has at ...
Ralph Stanley, 83, remains the fulcrum of the Clinch Mountain Boys
Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys: Still Crooning After All These Years
The Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Music Center, in rural Clintwood, Va., is on ...
Books & CDs
Life Is a Trip: The Magic of Transformative Travel
By Judith Fein128 pagesSpirituality & Health BooksAugust 2010(See video clip below.)
One famous travel writer, Bruce Chatwin, once asked another, Paul Theroux, what he thought about his work. (This ...
Books & CDs
Peter Heller, author of "Kook"Photo by Eric Weber
Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life and Catching the Perfect Wave
By Peter HellerFree PressJuly 2010304 pages
There are worse ways to indulge a midlife crisis than to take ...