SIMI HORWITZ

SIMI HORWITZ

Cultural Reporter/Features Writer

New York City, NY

Simi Horwitz is an award-winning cultural reporter/features writer whose work has been published in THE WASHINGTON POST, FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, CRAIN’S NEW YORK BUSINESS, AMERICAN THEATRE, and THE JEWISH DAILY FORWARD, among many other publications.

For 15 years (1997-2012), she was an on-staff feature writer at BACKSTAGE, covering theatrical news, trends and personalities-- from celebrities to transgender performers to side show “freaks.” Her 2007 BACKSTAGE piece on theater and film artists choosing to fight in Iraq was unprecedented. No one else covered the topic.

Other off-the-beaten path stories Simi’s reported on include the marginalization of conservative theater artists;  Muslim standup comics; performers who make their living as first responders; the ambivalent experience of actors who understudy stars; foreign born theater artists reinventing themselves to make it as entertainers in America; actors who perform in global hot spots; high risk youngsters who are “sentenced to Shakespeare” in an experimental program forged by Shakespeare & Company  in Lenox MA and the Berkshire MA court system.

Among her dozens of celebrity profiles:  Maggie Smith and Judi Dench (in a dual interview), Laura Linney, Brian Bedford, Jill Clayburgh, Blythe Danner,   Mariska Hargitay, Sam Waterston, Chris Noth, Ed Asner, Neil Patrick Harris, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Brian De Palma, Frank Langella, Stockard Channing, William Macy, John Leguizamo, Jeff Daniels, Elaine Stritch, Spalding Gray, Don Rickles, Steve Allen, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

Simi won the New York Press Club Award in 2013 (for her BACKSTAGE story on buskers) and again in 2014 for her JEWISH DAILY FORWARD piece on the experiences of Jewish feminist theater artists who perform in Muslim countries. For the latter she also won the 2014 Simon Rockower Award given by the American Jewish Press Association for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. She was a finalist for the 2014 Deadline Club Awards for her feature on the new generation of magicians (THE FORWARD).

A New York City native, Simi received her B.A. and M.A in English-American Literature from Hunter College.