Simon Harper is an arts professional with 30 years’ experience in the industry. As a Production Manager and Technical Director at venues such as The Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Half Moon in Stepney and the Almeida in Islington, he has produced various shows in the UK, USA and Europe. Since 1995, he has been involved in the construction of theatres, having a successful career as a Client Representative and Project Director, contributing to some of the UK's most successful arts construction projects.
During his tenure with National Theatre in 2010-2012, Simon was the Project Director for NT Future, the National Theatres programme to refurbish its workshops, foyers and the Cottesloe Theatre. He was responsible for creating and implementing the NT’s extensive decant strategy. Prior to that, Simon was the Deputy Project Director of Royal Shakespeare Theatre overseeing the renovation project.
Simon joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, working as the Project Director-Transition, involving in the creation of its temporary home, The Courtyard Theatre. He was also the Technical Director and Project Client Representative of The London Coliseum, English National Opera, St Martins Lane for 4 years as well as being the Deputy Project Manager of Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square for 5 years.
Simon has had extensive involvement with funding bodies, government agencies and monitors, familiar with managing publicly funded projects as well as the governance they require. He is also an advisor to the UK's Theatres Trust and a member of the Association of British Theatre Technicians.