Simone Cottrell

Simone Cottrell

Project Description

Lotus Rising Theatre (LRT) supports Southeast Asian (SEA) and Southeast Asian American (SEAA) narratives. Youth and young adults share their own narratives and collect narratives from elders through a collaboration of traditional Southeast Asian drama and Western theatre devising practices. Narratives will become an original theatre performance for the community.

Artist Bio

The daughter of a Cambodian refugee and a Vietnam Veteran, Simone Cottrell is a multidisciplinary theatre-maker in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Simone has led programs with the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Marshallese Educational Initiative, A+ Residency, Teen Action Support Center, and other regional partners. Simone earned her BA in Communication-Theatre and studied creative writing at Mississippi State University, interned at Lexington Children’s Theatre, and trained at Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing. Simone is an Artist INC Fellow, a 2018 Artist 360 Finalist, and a 2016 nominee for the PEN America/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.