Rejinal Simon

Producing Artistic Director

Reji Simon (he/him) is a Chicago based performing artist and has been a Resident Artist and collaborator at Filament Theatre since 2017. In addition to performing, he is a teaching artist, producer, and casting director. Community and development lie at the heart of all of his work, Reji is committed to crafting community based art through the deconstruction of traditional theater normalities that act as a barrier to creation. Working collaboratively with his community of makers, Reji works to build spaces where artists of any medium can challenge the boundaries of imagination.  As a member of Filament’s DEIA task force, Reji works to further the vision of Filament Theatre to create a vibrant & equitable environment.


Reji is the Producing Artistic Director of Filament Theatre, a leading learner in the practice of creating anti-adultist theater. Filament Theatre works in concert with thoughtful youth collaborators and adept professional adult artists to make daring, new, exciting work for young audiences. Filament works produced by Reji are The Secret Yes, Gather, Think Fast, Jordan Chase!, and  In the Grove.

At Filament, you may recognize him from any iteration of The Van Gogh Café or The Snow Queen (Filament Theatre). In addition to his work at Filament, Reji performs in Chicago and has been seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Ride or Die (MPAACT, Jeff nominated), Hamlet & A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Muse of Fire), I and You (Redtwist Theatre), and American Revolution & Moon Shot (Theatre Unspeakable). Regionally, Reji has performed with Cleveland Playhouse (Cleveland, OH) and was seen in StageOne Family Theatre’s world premiere of And in This Corner… Cassius Clay (Louisville, KY, written by Idris Goodwin). His television credits include The Redline (CBS). He has worked as a teaching artist at Filament Theatre, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, and Cleveland Playhouse. 

Reji was a YoungArts Semi-Finalist, a Richard & Mica Hadar scholar, and an alumnus of The Theatre School at DePaul University.