Simon Bennett

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Award-winning director and producer Simon Bennett has had a prolific stage and screen career. Involved with TV show Shortland Street for 20 years as a director and producer, Simon also directed across five seasons of Outrageous Fortune and produced two seasons of The Almighty Johnsons as well as kids’ fantasy series Maddigans Quest for the BBC and TV3. In theatre, Simon trained at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and, together with Simon Elson, went on to establish BATS as Wellington’s fourth professional theatre. Simon’s favourite productions include: Ken Duncum’s Blue Sky Boys; Flipside (Circa Theatre 2001); Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew, Titus Andronicus and Twelfth Night; A Midsummer Nights Dream (2000) and Roger Hall’s A Way of Life (2001) for the NZ Actors Company; and Sondheim’s Assassins and Into The Woods (both for the Watershed Theatre). For Auckland Theatre Company, Simon directed Horseplay by Ken Duncum (2010) and Trees Beneath the Lake by Arthur Meek (2014). After directing Shortland Street The Musical, Simon returns to TV to direct US kids’ TV show Power Rangers Beast Morphers.